Research Assistant II, Better Evidence

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.

Better Evidence at Ariadne Labs envisions that all providers will routinely access the best available evidence for diagnosis and treatment to provide the best possible care everywhere. We work to achieve this by enhancing access and uptake of the latest clinical evidence among current and future health care providers. Better Evidence for Practitioners offers thousands of clinicians in resource-limited settings access to evidence-based clinical resources (EBCR) to impact care and treatment decisions and studies what works. Better Evidence for Training works to develop the habit of accessing the evidence among trainees and faculty by facilitating the use of EBCR in medical schools in sub-Saharan Africa, building on early research findings that show its utility.

The Better Evidence Director and Associate Director are also part of the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard (GHD). GHD works to disseminate a different type of evidence to health care professionals by researching and writing Harvard Business School-style teaching case studies and running courses for current and future health care leaders on how programs, governments, and enterprises can determine their strategies, manage, and design systems to improve value. Teaching cases are distributed free of charge through Harvard Business Publishing and used in GHD’s summer intensive training program.

In March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, the Better Evidence team leveraged understanding of health care delivery systems to begin addressing vaccine delivery. The team works to promote delivery with speed, scale, and equity with a broad range of stakeholders across the world.

Under the supervision of the Associate Director, the Research Assistant II will work independently and collaboratively to support both Better Evidence and Global Health Delivery work. This may include staying abreast of emerging research that could inform efforts or inform teaching case development through targeted literature reviews or background research, managing references, working with others to develop or strengthen data collection systems, transcribing interviews, helping coordinate research efforts across stakeholders, creating supportive graphics, visuals, slides, or presentations, assisting with communications activities and grant or development writing, and helping organize data or perform other administrative or related tasks as requested.

The candidate must possess strong analytical, organizational, communication, and time management skills and the ability to work independently. Interpersonal skills are also essential, i.e., an ability to interact effectively with colleagues and partners at all levels (including research and clinical professionals). The research assistant must demonstrate the ability to proactively identify and improve projects and processes.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct literature searches to identify and document best practices and understand the landscape on a range of topics, as requested
  • Synthesize findings from literature reviews to identify performance facilitators and bottlenecks; manage sources and bibliographic references
  • Research and support development and promotion of teaching case studies 
  • Assist in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results
  • Participate in dissemination work including scientific writing of manuscripts, reports, concept notes, instructional materials, abstracts, and development of project-related presentations, including slide decks and the possibility of co-authorship on scientific papers
  • Communicate clearly with team about the status of work products and meet agreed-upon deadlines
  • Record and/or codes data according to project requirements and established IRB protocols
  • Collects project data, acquiring it through observation, structured interviews, library research, data processing methods, or other research methods
  • Assist the team with administrative tasks including scheduling, taking minutes, grant writing and other activities as identified
  • Assist in the development and adaptation of project plans, timelines, and deliverables
  • Support applications for ethical approvals including research protocol, study instruments and modifications
  • Support the development and preparation of grant proposals and templates
  • Provide course assistance for Management Practices in Global Health taught at HSPH in the summer
  • Provide other support to Better Evidence and Global Health Delivery Projects as requested

Please note: COVID vaccination is required for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence, which includes our office space in the Landmark Center. 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.”

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • BA/BS required, preferably in a related field of research study
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience 
  • Experience working in a matrix organization/environment preferred
  • Experience with literature searches and/or scientific writing
  • Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation
  • Familiarity with qualitative methods 
  • Strong critical appraisal skills, quantitative skills, effective communication, and exceptional organizational skills are essential
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and GSuite preferred
  • Ability to effectively analyze and present ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Ability to prioritize issues and use sound judgment to recognize when additional consultation and/or help is needed
  • Comfortable working on multiple projects at one time
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues who are not co-located 
  • Positive, flexible, professional, team player able to work independently with a can-do attitude and strong work ethic

This position is based in Boston.

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