Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Professor Nicole Maestas, an economist in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant, beginning in late Summer 2019. The Research Assistant (RA) will assist with the daily operations of research projects in the fields of labor and health economics, including topics on disability insurance, working conditions and employment, health insurance, and health care utilization, and opioid use for the treatment of pain. The most important task of the Research Assistant will be to use statistical software to work with large data sets, including possible health insurance claims datasets. This work will involve the cleaning and development of data files as well as using econometric analysis to analyze the data. A background in statistical programming (STATA and/or R preferred) and a basic understanding of economics/econometrics is strongly encouraged. The RA is expected to have strong critical thinking and excellent writing skills to assist with the drafting of manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals. The RA will also participate in team meetings, conduct literature reviews, and assist with IRB, data use applications and progress reports. This position is ideal for candidates with an interest in economics and/or health policy and who have plans for future doctoral studies
This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of renewal.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Three or more years of related research experience. Applicant should have proficiency in using statistical software packages such as STATA. Higher education may count towards experience.
BA or BS preferably in the field of specific research study, with a preference for coursework in a social science field (economics, statistics, public policy with a quantitative focus). Must demonstrate interest, experience, or background in the areas of health policy and aging. Must be proficient with most computer software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Must have a working knowledge of statistical software such as STATA. Must learn other software as needed (EndNote, SAS). Independent judgment, patience, and excellent communication skills are required to respond efficiently to varied/complex tasks. Organization and attention to detail a must. Flexibility and the ability to work with a team are essential. Must be able to maintain a calm and cooperative attitude during periods of increased staff activity.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49017BR
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