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Research Assistant/Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital – Medical Practice Evaluation Center

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Employer: Massachusetts General Hospital – Medical Practice Evaluation Center

Expires: 06/21/2020

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENTThe Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) is seeking Research Assistants (Clinical Research Coordinators) to work with an internationally recognized multidisciplinary team from Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to improving clinical outcomes, increasing value in health policy, and informing global public health through innovative research, collaboration, and education.                                      Research Assistants will work with investigators in the Simulation Modeling and Economics Program to conduct clinical and cost-effectiveness analyses on key aspects of HIV disease management (as well as other chronic and infectious disease treatment and prevention) and/or with investigators in the Outcomes and Implementation Science Program to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve engagement in medical care in the United States and international settings. Example Simulation Modeling and Economics Program projects include:Examining the impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for populations at high risk of acquiring HIV in IndiaAssessing cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis diagnostics in South AfricaDetermining optimal uptake of strategies for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in ZimbabweStudying the impact of pre-travel vaccination for international travelersEvaluating the cost-effectiveness of a genotypic test for drug resistance for people starting antiretroviral therapy in the United States Example Outcomes and Implementation Science Program projects include:·       Evaluating the clinical impact of a policy change to allow stable HIV patients to pick up medications at community venues in South Africa·       Measuring the effects of HIV on aging and on coronary artery disease in rural Uganda·       Investigating the role of maternal HIV infection and co-infection with early childhood infections·       Studying low-barrier service delivery mechanisms for STI screening and prevention out of the MGH Sexual Health Clinic and in partnership with community organizations in the Boston area·       A pilot project to offer HIV prevention and family planning to young women in community venues in South AfricaResearch Assistants in our group frequently go on to pursue careers in medicine, public health, epidemiology, global health, and health policy research.PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESResponsibilities for all MPEC Research Assistants may include, but are not limited to, the following activities: Participate in all phases of research projects, from conception and design of studies through analysis and writing manuscripts for submission to academic journalsPerform systematic literature reviews and synthesize relevant dataAssist in writing abstracts for submission to research conferencesDesign posters for presentation at research conferencesPresent study results to project teams and external stakeholdersCollaborate with Compliance Specialist to prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and related documents regarding the protection of human subjectsMonitor study activities for compliance with all applicable regulations and facilitate regulatory trainings for study personnel as neededHelp prepare grant progress reports and applications and related documentsAssist in preparation of slides for lectures and seminarsOrganize group meetings, including setting up conference calls and taking minutesProvide general administrative support as needed Additional project-specific responsibilities will vary depending on experience and skill, but may include the following:Participate in model development, refinement, and debuggingContribute to the documentation of model inputs and update model user manualsGenerate data queries and participate in data cleaning effortsAnalyze quantitative data, including cohort studies, clinical trials, and implementation science studiesCode qualitative data from in-depth interviews and focus groupsPartner with international collaborators and study staff on oversight of studies, standard operating procedure development and review, and data quality assuranceQUALIFICATIONSThe position requires a bachelor’s degree, with an academic record demonstrating experience and skills in analytical thinking and/or quantitative methods. Candidates should demonstrate organizational, time management, verbal, and written communication skills as well as the ability to interact professionally at all levels.Additional qualifications include:Attention to detailCapacity to organize and manipulate dataProblem-solving capabilitiesIntellectual independence and initiativeProficiency with standard Microsoft Office software (particularly Excel), as well as the ability to learn new software applicationsAbility to work both independently and as part of a team, and to collaborate with team members located remotelyInterest in public health, health policy, economics, and/or medicineExcellent academic recordPrevious research experience preferredOther experience that may be helpful but is not required:Familiarity with statistical programming software such as SAS, Stata, or RDatabase design and management experience, particularly with REDCap or AccessExperience working with investigator-initiated clinical research studiesExperience in qualitative research methodsSKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIREDQuantitative and analytical skills are essential. Computer skills, as described above, are required. The candidate must have English language (spoken and written) skills.WORKING CONDITIONSDuties will be carried out in a typical office environment. Occasional hours outside the 9-5 workday may be required, with overtime compensation as appropriate, particularly around grant submission deadlines.EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERMassachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.The above is intended to describe the general contents and requirements of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all duties, responsibilities or skills of personnel so classified.