The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) seeks to hire a full-time, PhD- level Research Associate to work on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project entitled “Burden of Disease and Deprivation in India across Micro and Macro Public Policy Units” led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor S.V. Subramanian and HCPDS Research Associate Rockli Kim. The overarching goal of this project is to improve public policy, public financing, and governance in India related to indicators of population health and development. Specifically, the project aims to achieve this goal by: 1) Data collation and analytics; 2) The development of a web-based public data and analytics platform; and 3) Knowledge translation and dissemination.
The Research Associate will manage the overall project and act as the lead point of contact who oversees all project components by closely working with the PIs as well as data scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, finance personnel, and project partners. The Research Associate will play a key role in translating and disseminating research findings to diverse stakeholders through a highly interactive website, and other communication channels, including media outreach, policy intelligence reports, and publications. The position involves both administrative and technical roles. The desired candidate will have a doctorate in public health, public policy, communications or related field, and will have extensive experience with project management. With PI approval (or as time permits), the Research Associate may also have the opportunity to conduct his/her own research under the project’s umbrella and author manuscripts.
Provides leadership and day-to-day management of the collaborative processes of investigators, researchers, programmers, and project partners.
Develops and maintains a comprehensive work plan and timeline for all project components, ensuring activities are effectively achieved and integrated.
Provides methodological and strategic decisions in the production of analytic datasets and data analysis.
Supervises data scientist, postdoctoral research fellow(s), and student research assistants.
Coordinates with contracted web developers in the creation of an interactive and user-friendly web portal that will store all data and analytics resources and report project findings.
Oversees the public release of data through web portals, evaluates the usage of web portals and monitors user queries.
Leads efforts to disseminate findings to targeted research and policy audiences and the general public via policy briefs, policy discussion papers, scientific publications, media/social media outlets, and newspaper articles/op-eds.
Assists in establishing regular engagement with technical partners in India.
Writes related manuscripts and annual progress reports.
Oversees Institutional Review Board ethics protocol preparation and compliance.
Works with PI and HCPDS Finance Director in managing the project budget.
Periodic travel to India may be required.
Ph.D. in public health, public policy, communications or related field.
A minimum of two years postdoctoral experience working with health or development-related research projects involving large-scale data management and dissemination.
Excellent writing skills for both academic and non-academic platforms. Proficiency in STATA, SAS, R or other statistical analysis programs. Basic skills in web portal management is preferred.
The ability to work in both collaborative and self-directed situations. The candidate must have high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, plus superior organizational and communication skills. Must be flexible, reliable, responsive, and resourceful. Needs demonstrated ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines.
Fluency in English.
The initial appointment will end on May 31, 2021 with the possibility of renewal.
Applicants should email a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “BMGF Research Associate/Project Manager” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by Friday, December 6, 2019.
For more information, visit www.hsph.harvard.edu/cpds
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Internal Number: 100
About Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies’ mission is to improve well-being around the world by better understanding the interaction of demographic changes with social and economic development. We strive to conduct research, dissemination and public engagement that will enable societies to be more responsive to demographic transitions in terms of policies and culture change. To that end, in broad strokes, our areas of primary interest are 1) Social & Environmental Determinants of Population Health; 2) Aging Societies; 3) Workplace & Well-Being, and 4) Social & Family Demography.