Research Associate (“Project Manager”) Open Position

The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) in Cambridge, MA, seeks a full-time Research Associate who will serve as project manager on a new Workplace & Well-Being initiative.

The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) is a University-wide initiative dedicated to interdisciplinary research focused primarily on population change, socioeconomic development, and population health. The Center is embarking on a new initiative that builds on exciting work it’s done over the past decade on changing workplace demographics and health outcomes in the United States. The core project will seek to expand on what constitutes “worker well-being,” as well as explore the current state of related workplace policies and practices that improve work-family balance and reduce job strain. This research will provide novel insight into sustainable practices to enhance worker well-being and assess if investing in employee well-being leads to better business and organizational outcomes. We aim to identify and evaluate strategies that promote optimal health for workers and their families, emphasizing those involving organizational or public policy changes.

The HCPDS seeks a term-limited, full-time research associate who will act as the single point of contact and oversee a range of projects, research, and other activities supporting this initiative. The desired candidate will have an administrative role, as well as plan and conduct research under the direction of Dr. Lisa Berkman, the project’s principal investigator, and co-PIs Dr. Laura Kubzansky at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Dr. Erin Kelly at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The initial appointment will end on June 30, 2018 with the possibility of renewal. Salary range will be $70,000 – $80,000 depending on experience.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plays a leadership role in the establishment of a comprehensive work plan and timeline for the core project. Ensures activities are carried out effectively.
  • Serves as key liaison between the PIs, funders and other stakeholders.
  • Participates in the projects’ research including developing a survey, overseeing data collection with business leaders and employees, and the production of analytic datasets and data analysis.
  • Facilitates the public release and dissemination of research findings. Presents study results to external groups, key stakeholders, and media. Works with the HCPDS communications team to develop a web presence and to capitalize on social media.
  • Assists in manuscript and report writing.
  • Contributes significantly to fundraising for the initiative, both through grant writing and collaborating with private donors.
  • Oversees the fiscal management of the initiative.
  • Supervises a research assistant.
  • Occasional travel within the U.S. will be required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) required in public health, sociology, economics, public policy or a related social science.
  • Solid experience working on “workplace and health” related research projects. Involvement with primary data collection, survey instrument design, interviewing, and analysis is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with professionals at all levels in diverse settings. Must be flexible, reliable, responsive, and resourceful.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Fluency in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Superior organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office as well as the statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, etc.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Two years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health concepts.
  • Experience working in translational research.

Application Procedures:

Please submit a cover letter and CV electronically to Laura Price, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, popcenter@hsph.harvard.edu. Please put “Workplace & Well-Being Initiative” in the subject line. Questions should also be directed Ms. Price at that email address.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.