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Research Assistant II, Delivery Decisions Initiative


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 Associate Director, the Research Assistant will help support the Team Birth Project and the Nursing Influence Project. The 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 running a trial to test the feasibility of the Team Birth approach with hundreds of clinicians and tens of thousands of families in three geographies across the United States. The Nursing Influence Project is a new line of research and development focused on attributing cesarean delivery rates to individual nurses and learning how to use these data for improvement.

The DDI team currently includes the Program Director, Associate Directors, Associate Faculty, Research Specialists, Sr. Project Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, 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.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support the development of a regional effectiveness trial for Team Birth, including background research for region selection, planning for data collection and implementation, and ongoing coordination with implementation partners and test sites
  • Assist with the operations of a Team Birth community of practice, including maintaining program materials on the Aria website and monitoring requests and questions from community members
  • Under the direction of the Associate Director, assist in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of results for the Team Birth and Nursing Influence projects
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


Basic Qualifications

  • 2+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of research study preferred
  • Experience working in a matrix organization/environment preferred
  • Knowledge of statistics and quantitative or qualitative public health research methods preferred
  • Familiarity with the Google information environment (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, etc.) preferred
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong scientific writing skills preferred
  • Experience with literature searches preferred
  • Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation preferred
  • Familiarity with qualitative methods preferred
  • Strong critical appraisal skills preferred
  • Effective communication, both verbal and written, preferred
  • Exceptional organizational skills preferred
  • Experience effectively presenting ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences, including senior leaders and senior clinicians preferred
  • Interest in clinical research focused on improving care and reducing suffering preferred
  • Interest in implementation and coordination with implementing partners preferred
  • Positive, flexible, professional, and a can-do attitude preferred
  • Experience working both independently and on a team preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills preferred
  • Experience prioritizing issues and use sound judgment to recognize when additional consultation and/or help is needed preferred
  • Comfortable working on multiple projects at one time preferred

To apply please visit the Harvard Careers Page and search Requisition “49931BR”