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Harvard University Research Assistant III in Cambridge, Massachusetts

65224BRAuto req ID:65224BRJob Code:403117 Research Assistant III Non-Lab Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant IIISub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :054Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • Two or more years related research experience. Higher education may count towards experience.

  • Applicant should have proficiency in using statistical software packages such as STATA, SAS, R and Python.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred.

  • Related work experience is desired.

  • Responsibilities will require knowledge of health care delivery systems and the relevant research populations; an understanding of statistics, statistical programs and research methods, as well as data management.

  • Responsibilities will require strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate objectives to multiple audiences.

  • Required interpersonal skills: ability to work well within a group or independently; organization and attention to detail; demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness to complete tasks without high level direction; independent judgment, patience and ability to maintain a calm and cooperative attitude during periods of increased activity.

  • High level understanding of health policy and health care systems in the U.S.

  • Experience with statistical programming using at least one of the following, a plus: STATA, SAS, Python, R.

Additional Information:This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Department:Health Care PolicyPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentitySchedule:35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Job Function:Research Position Description:Dr. Michael E. Chernew, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy, seeks a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to contribute to research projects using the newly released data on health care prices in the commercial market. This data, released by insurers, is the most comprehensive data on prices in health care. The selected candidate will need to have strong data management skills and ideally a background in economics, health economics and health policy. The candidate would be expected to draft and co-author papers, create presentation/ dissemination materials, and prepare PowerPoint slides and possibly IRB protocols. Although the candidate will work with a team on these projects, they must be able to take a leadership role and perform work perform independently. This position is ideal for candidates seeking to conduct research in preparation for an advanced degree in health economics or health policy. Prior research experience, along with demonstrated knowledge of research areas, research methods and experience with statistical analysis techniques is desired. The ideal candidate will be self- motivated to succeed with limited supervision and direction.

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement: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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values ( invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-WG1Work Format Details:This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.