Job Opportunities

Research Assistant II. The Research Assistant will work on the Center’s Administrative, Planning, and Outreach Core which provides support to three Center projects including two intervention research projects in the construction and health care industries as well as a research study focused on the dissemination of best practices for implementation of comprehensive worksite health and safety programs in worksites.

Roles and responsibilities: The Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Wellbeing funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as part of their Total Worker Health Initiative is looking to fill a Research Assistant position. This is a one year, full -time position from November 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012. Under the leadership of Co Principal Investigators Dr. Glorian Sorensen, Director of the Center for Community Based Research at the DFCI and Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Dr. Jack Dennerlein, Associate Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Department of Environmental Health at HSPH, the mission of the HSPH Center for Work, Health, and Well-being is to facilitate, support, and disseminate trans-disciplinary research aimed at promoting and protecting worker health through comprehensive, coordinated worksite programs, policies, and practices. The Research Assistant will work on the Center’s Administrative, Planning, and Outreach Core which provides support to three Center projects including two intervention research projects in the construction and health care industries as well as a research study focused on the dissemination of best practices for implementation of comprehensive worksite health and safety programs in worksites.
Roles and responsibilities

Assist the three research studies on a range of tasks as needed which could include survey, intervention, and process tracking development;
Maintain Center Website. www.centerforworkhealth.sph.harvard.edu  (NOTE: website developed with user-friendly content management software. Training will be provided);
Assist with the development of materials and logistics for APO Core advisory board meetings including the yearly Internal, External, and Worksite Advisory Boards;
Assist with managing systems for solicitation, vetting and monitoring APO Core pilot projects;
Conduct literature searches;
Assist with other study tasks as needed.
Minimum Job Qualifications

At least a Masters Degree in public health or natural or social science strongly preferred.
2 years of experience in public health research strongly preferred.
Knowledge and Skills: strong personal initiative: ability to work independently and creatively

Excellent interpersonal skills: mature, dependable, enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn new tasks.
Excellent organizational (attention to detail), communication (oral and written), and problem-solving skills.
Please send resume to Lorraine Wallace, MPH, Associate Director, Center for Community-Based Research at lorraine_wallace@dfci.harvard.edu or call (617)632-5037 for further details.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Childhood Obesity Prevention. The Department of Nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) seeks qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in childhood obesity prevention, with a particular focus on family and community determinants of child and adolescent obesity. The fellow will primarily work with Dr. Kirsten Davison but will be jointly mentored by Dr. Davison and Dr. Alison Field. In addition to working with Dr. Davison on community-based interventions for obesity prevention (including a large-scale multi-site program), the fellow will have the opportunity to work with data from large cohort studies such as the Growing Up Today Study (http://www.guts2.org/).

Requirements:

Ph.D. in public health, nutrition, epidemiology, exercise science, or a related discipline.
Strong quantitative skills in study design and data analytic methods specific to social/behavioral research (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, confirmatory factor analysis, latent transition analysis) and epidemiology (prospective analyses with repeated measures).
Excellent writing skills.
Experience in (or a desire to learn more about) childhood obesity research.
Responsibilities: Data analysis, manuscript and grant preparation, and student mentorship.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and experiences, and two letters of recommendation to Alyssa Aftosmes (aaftosme@hsph.harvard.edu). When available, applicants are encouraged to submit a sample of their published research. This 2-3 year position is available immediately.

Research Assistant: Education Policy Data Collection Initiative. Maria Glymour is searching for two part-time research assistants (RA’s) to help collect historical records on district or county level school quality measures. The work will involve research at the Gutman Library Special Collections on the History of Education (at the Cambridge campus) and Countway to pull 20th century school reports (1916-1974), identify relevant data elements, and send the information to a collaborating research team at the University of Alabama for data entry and linkage to an ongoing national cohort study on the effects of early life social conditions on adult cardiovascular disease. This position requires conscientious attention to detail to ensure the data quality and documentation. The position is expected to continue for two years, but a long term commitment is not necessary. Hours are flexible and would typically average around 10 hours per week for each position. If you are interested, please send a note to Dr. Glymour at mglymour@hsph.harvard.edu.