Current Employment Opportunities

1. RESEARCH SPECIALIST

GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

The Center of Healthcare Delivery Science (C4HDS) is an academic research center in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The Center activities focus on implementation science and, in specific, on the design and testing of innovative ways to engage patients and providers in the delivery of healthcare. Unlike typical research groups, the Center’s work involves close collaborations between academic researchers and groups that deliver care, administer health insurance benefits and/or develop technologies for improving healthcare. The Center’s largest projects involve “real world” randomized controlled trials that seek to identify simple and scalable strategies for enhancing patient and provider engagement. The design and conduct of these studies must creatively blend rigorous research methods with the operational realities faced by organizations that deliver healthcare.

Functioning under the direction of the Executive Director and Strategic Program Manager for Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences (C4HDS), the Research Specialist assists in designing, planning and execution of trials conducted at the Center. The research specialist will help with day to day management of pragmatic trials and will contribute to design and analysis of trials, drafting reports, manuscripts (including co-authorship as appropriate), presentations, and grant writings. Using the principles of pragmatic trial design and behavioral science, the Research Specialist will work with internal and external investigators to successfully design, execute, analyze and report study findings to various stakeholders.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Participate in study design and protocol development.
2. Perform advanced data analysis, working closely with the Principal Investigator and other researchers.
3. Possess a solid understanding of the purpose, objective and goals of each trial.
4. Develops effective relationships with internal and external investigators to plan and execute clinical trials.
5. Coordinates and develops project related deliverables including project plans, PowerPoint presentations, status reports and meeting facilitation documents.
6. Presents updates, findings and recommendations to internal and external stakeholders as needed for assigned projects.
7. Contributes to interpretation of research data and results.
8. Contributes to scientific literature, journals, and oral presentations.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
10. Participate in Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process for new research protocols.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• MS or equivalent degree in Epidemiology, Behavioral Economics, Clinical Psychology, or a related field.
• At least 2 years of experience in the healthcare industry and population health management and consumer engagement.
• Strong interest in designing and implementing pragmatic clinical trials.
• Experience in research using large databases.
• Experience in collaborative and multi-stakeholder projects in the healthcare industry.
• Knowledge and skills in the critical appraisal of research evidence are highly desired.

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

The successful candidate will have experience designing, conducting and analyzing pragmatic clinical trials. Employing big data analytics and applied behavioral science are an added advantage. Strong project management/organizational skills as well as written and verbal presentational skills are necessary. Experience in the healthcare industry is required.

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Roya Ghazinouri, PT, DPT, MS, Strategic Program Manager, at rghazinouri@bwh.harvard.edu.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

2. RESEARCH SPECIALIST

GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

Functioning under the direction of the principal investigators and other faculty members and working closely with faculty statisticians, the Research Specialist works independently to conduct high level, complex research studies in the areas of Pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology/biostatistics, and analytic methods. Contributes to scientific literature, reports, manuscripts (including co-authorship as appropriate), presentations, and grant writing. Work in close-knit, internationally known research unit of 15 faculty and 26 support staff.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of principal investigators, assists in the designing, planning, and execution of analyses of therapeutic outcomes and adverse effects of drugs and other medical interventions in health insurance claims data, analyses of validation studies or policy studies based on claims data, and simulation studies evaluating epidemiologic methods. The Research Specialist may also help analyze prospective research studies evaluating medication utilization. Contributes to the scientific literature through oral and poster presentations and published manuscripts with opportunities to develop methodologic research. Assists with grant proposals and project management, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• MS or equivalent degree in Biostatistics or related field; emphasis on methods and or pharmaco-epidemiology preferred
• Ideally 2 years of relevant experience
• Excellent knowledge of epidemiologic and causal inference methods; focus on Pharmacoepidemiology desirable
• Knowledge of R, SAS, or other statistical package for completing analyses
• Experience in research using large claims databases is preferred
• Experience in collaborative projects with clinical medicine is preferred
• Background in pharmaceuticals advantageous

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

The successful candidate will have very good methodologic and analytic skills in epidemiology to help implement these research projects, with knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology an added advantage. The candidate must have the abilities to independently analyze complex epidemiologic claims data, to perform major database manipulation and statistical analyses in R, SAS, or other statistical package, and to draft study reports for funding agencies. Strong time management/organizational skills as well as written and verbal presentational skills are necessary. An understanding of clinical medicine is an advantage but not required. Familiarity with pharmaceuticals is desirable.

Working Conditions: Professional Office Environment, Business Casual; working with a tight-knit, helpful, hard-working group of friendly people (Including 21 Harvard Medical School Faculty!)

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Jessica Franklin, PhD at jmfranklin@partners.org.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

3. ANALYST SR/IS PROGRAMMER

GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

SAS programmer for the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. Responsible for loading, documenting, and cleaning large and complex health care data sets, creating analytical data files, and running statistical analyses. Available to help investigators, junior researchers, and other staff with the use of data files within various clinical research projects.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Responsible for loading, validating, documenting, managing, and analyzing data for both internal and collaborative research projects.
2. Responsible for assisting with data storage and management issues around both new and ongoing projects within the Division.
3. Responsible for working with other research staff within the Division to help specify appropriate analytical data files for the research question under investigation.
4. Responsible for creating and carefully documenting all derived analytical data files so that they can be understood and used by other members of the research team.
5. Works with statisticians and researchers to implement the appropriate data analyses in SAS for a particular study. Uses additional statistical packages (S-Plus, Stata, etc.), or other high level programming languages as appropriate.
6. Documents and archives all aspects of analyses and data management.
7. Other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Over 2 years of experience required, more than 5 years of experience with SAS programming in a health care environment preferred
• Proficiency with SAS/BASE (Data step programming) and SAS/SQL or other relational database software (e.g., Oracle)
• Experience with R is a plus
• Experience working with health care data
• Minimum Bachelors/Master’s preferred

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

• Attention to detail
• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
• Experience working in a UNIX environment
• Ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary research team

ADDITIONAL DESIRED SKILLS:

• Experience with statistical analysis and SAS/STAT procedures
• Experience with health care claims data
• Experience with relational database systems
• Graduate education in epidemiology, biostatistics, or computer science

Working Conditions: Professional Office Environment, Business Casual; working with a tight-knit, helpful, hard-working group of friendly people (Including 21 Harvard Medical School Faculty!)

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Raisa Levin at RLEVIN@partners.org and indicate where you saw the ad for this position.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

4. RESEARCH ASSISTANT I

GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

Working under the direction of the Research Manager, Division Chief, and faculty of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, the Research Assistant is responsible for the daily organization, coordination, and conduct of activities related to studies of the safe and effective use of medications in a variety of contexts. The majority of research in the division is neither clinical nor bench science, and is conducted in an office setting. Please see division website for more information on faculty and research topics: http://www.drugepi.org/.

Insider Take: “As a Research Assistant in the Division, you will have the unique opportunity to work on a variety of exciting research projects, while collaborating with faculty, programmers, students, research specialists, fellows, and assistants. The day in the life of a DoPE RA varies but typically consists of literature reviews, engagement in the design and execution of studies, and data extraction and analysis. There are also ample opportunities for personal enrichment and growth through weekly luncheon seminars and work-in-progress research meetings where you will hear from individuals who are truly all-stars in the field of pharmacoepidemiology. Perhaps most importantly, working at the Division places you amongst a brilliant, kind, funny and incredibly humble group of people who will daily mentor and inspire you. If you like to work hard, discuss big ideas, drink lots of coffee, have a few laughs, find friends in your co-workers, and learn more about pharmacoepidemiology and yourself along the way, then we want to hear from you!”

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Research Assistant will collaborate directly with faculty, research scientists and post-docs on multiple Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics related research projects. Depending on the project’s requirements, tasks include, but are not limited to, data management and manipulation (MS Excel, MS Access, statistical software), data entry relevant to studies, conducting inquiries on various policy initiatives, participation in patient recruitment, literature searches, preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations, gathering research materials for research projects as needed, organizational and administrative duties as required. Some responsibilities will be individual and others will be shared with the Research Assistant team. Assigned projects will vary in amount of work required and duration.

QUALIFICATIONS:

BA/BS required. Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities is a must. Competency with MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint is required; familiarity with MS Access preferred. Prior social science or medical research experience is preferred, and epidemiology and/or biostatistics exposure is a plus. A strong applicant will display the ability to communicate with multiple levels of staff and work effectively with others in a team environment.

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCES REQUIRED:

• BA/BS degree (please no graduate degrees)
• Competency with MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint; familiarity with SAS, R or other statistical software is desirable but not required
• Ability to adapt to fast-paced environment
• Ability to learn quickly
• Attention to detail
• Ability to manage multiple priorities
• Strong time management skills
• Ability to use independent judgment
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, telephone and email etiquette
• Teamwork and cooperation

Working Conditions: Professional Office Environment, Business Casual; working with a tight-knit, helpful, hard-working group of friendly people (Including 21 Harvard Medical School Faculty!)

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Yelena Kleyner, Research Manager at ykleyner@partners.org and John Allen, Division Administrator at jallen24@partners.org.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.