Research Assistant IV Non-Lab (Platform Research Specialist)

The Research Assistant IV Non-Lab (Platform Research Specialist) will be a part of the Innovation, Science & Technology (S+T), and Implementation Platform teams and will report to the Platform Manager on S+T. Under minimal direction, the Platform Research Specialist will work with faculty and staff at Ariadne Labs to guide IRB submissions and ensure regulatory compliance.  In addition, they will perform and coordinate a wide range of research activities.

Position Description

Serve as the lead consultant to Ariadne Labs principal investigators and staff on all aspects of IRB submission, including determining the IRB of record, protocol development, application developing, supplemental materials (e.g. consent, recruitment, etc)

  • Update and implement all regulatory policies, guidelines, and resources; including research misconduct, authorship, creative commons, data management, and responsibilities of research staff
  • Work with senior management to investigate and develop appropriate response plans for all research compliance and integrity concerns, as appropriate
  • Represent Ariadne Labs to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health Human Subjects Research Offices in order to improve clarity on the approach and application of our work
  • Remain up-to-date on current federal and international regulations (i.e. GDPR).
  • Conduct background research including literature, guideline, and white paper reviews
  • Process, organize and summarize data, report results using a variety of scientific, word processing, visual management, spreadsheet or statistical software applications
  • Design interview and survey tools (including building survey tools in RedCAP, Qualtrics, or Google forms)
  • Execute quantitative and/or qualitative research with support from senior staff, including tool development, data collection, analyses.
  • Collate, organize, and/or draft material for the preparation of research papers, convenings, tool development, manuscripts, progress reports, articles or other documents for publication and/or presentation
  • Support grant submission processes; preparing grant proposal documents
  • Maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with internal and external constituents
  • Manage a system of record for all documentation, materials, resources, and correspondences to assure compliance
  • Other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 1 year from date of hire with the possibility of extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, or MD. Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree and work towards or completion of Masters, preferably MPH
  • Innovation or design experience preferred
  • Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation preferred
  • Experience with IRB submissions and regulatory compliance
  • Experience with literature searches and/or scientific writing
  • Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation
  • Experience conducting and supporting research projects
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, etc.) preferred 
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Writing and reviewing IRB submission
  • Ability to effectively influence and bring others along in your decision-making process
  • Positive, flexible, professional, and a can-do attitude
  • 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

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

To apply, log onto Harvard Careers and search requisition #58244BR under the “Search Jobs” tab