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Research Assistant II Non-Lab, Delivery Decisions Initiative

Harvard University
Job Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary
Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Our goal is to drive scalable solutions for better care at critical moments in people's lives everywhere. Better care means better health outcomes, lower costs, and more actual caring. Critical means solving health systems failures that have major impact, typically touching people by the millions. Ariadne Labs currently has research programs in the areas of childbirth, surgery, palliative care, and primary health care.

The vision of the Delivery Decisions Initiative (DDI) at Ariadne Labs is a world in which every person can choose to start or grow their family with dignity. During the universally vulnerable period in people's lives that spans pregnancy to parenthood, families deserve care that is safe, supportive and empowering. We draw from a broad range of expertise to bring systems thinking to this challenge.

Under the supervision of the Design Lead, the Research Assistant will help support the Team Birth Project. Team Birth is a care process innovation that is designed to improve childbirth outcomes in any setting by ensuring families, birth attendants, and clinicians are working together as high performing teams. We are currently implementing and performing research in several geographies in the United States.

The DDI team currently includes the Program Director, Assistant Director, Associate Faculty, Design Lead, Research Manager, Research Assistants, Project Coordinator(s), post-doctoral fellows, and both graduate and undergraduate students. We additionally collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders across the world. We anticipate significant growth over the next three years in terms of the scale of our product deployment, the scope of our market priming activity, and our internal capacity needs.

The candidate must possess strong analytical and organizational skills. They must have time management skills and the aptitude to work independently. They must demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing. Interpersonal skills are also essential, i.e. interacting effectively with colleagues and partners at all levels (including research and clinical professionals), and proactively identifying and improving projects and processes.

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Support the development and execution of innovation grants and implementation guidance documentation for innovations to improve trust in healthcare at critical moments, including childbirth
  • Support the development and execution of implementation and evaluation plans for TeamBirth projects across different states, including planning for data collection and implementation, and ongoing coordination with implementation partners and test sites
  • Assist in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of results for the TeamBirth Project
  • Conduct reviews of peer-reviewed and gray literature and synthesize findings on topics relevant to DDI projects, including dignity, teamwork, communication, and quality measurement
  • Participate in dissemination work including scientific writing of manuscripts, reports, abstracts, and development of project-related presentations, including the possibility of co-authorship on scientific papers
  • Assist with the operations of a TeamBirth community of practice, including maintaining program materials on the Ariadne website and monitoring requests and questions from community members
  • Support with administrative tasks for ongoing program operations, including scheduling, note taking, grant writing, and other activities as identified
  • Support applications for ethical approvals including research protocol, study instruments and modifications
  • Assist in the development and adaptation of project plans, timelines, and deliverables
  • Provide other support to the DDI projects as identified by the Design Lead and other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from the date of hire, with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined but anticipated to begin as soon as August/September 2021 (or later into the fall), this interview process and position will be conducted virtually - including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.

Basic Qualifications
  • 2+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree, ideally in a related field of research study or public health
  • Experienceworking in a clinical/health care environment is a plus
  • Familiarity with the Google information environment (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, etc.)
  • Experience with statistics and quantitative or qualitative public health research methods
  • Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation
  • Experience with literature searches and/or scientific writing
  • Strong critical appraisal skills
  • Experience and comfort in effectively presenting ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences, including senior leaders and senior clinicians
  • Interest in clinical research focused on improving care and reducing suffering
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience prioritizing issues and use sound judgment to recognize when additional consultation and/or help is needed
  • Exceptional organizational skills
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
Additional Information
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School's mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off:3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision:Excellent and affordablemedical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginningas of an employee's start date.
  • Retirement:University-funded retirement planwith full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs:$40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
  • Transportation:50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness & Professional Development:Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence.Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage.

Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
403113 Research Assistant II Non-Lab


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