Now Hiring: Temporary Research Assistant

Are you interested in supporting our work by becoming a part of our team? The Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HPRC) is hiring a Temporary Research Assistant! We’d love to have you join our team. Please see below for the job posting.


Job Opportunity: Temporary Research Assistant, Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HPRC)

Overview

The Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HPRC) is a CDC-funded research center within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and focuses on researching and evaluating policies and programs to promote healthy weight for children and their families to see which ones can benefit health the most, are cost-effective, and can improve health equity. The HPRC is looking for a research assistant to assist with data entry, computation, and reporting of cost-effectiveness analysis project data for the Center and specifically to support the CHOICES Project.

Duties

Under the supervision of the Senior Research Analyst and in collaboration with CHOICES team members, following CHOICES project protocols, the RA will:

  • Enter data describing the implementation costs, population reach, and impact on health of potential childhood obesity prevention strategies into Excel and project software for running simulation models
  • Use Excel to compute estimates of expected impact of obesity prevention strategies and compare calculated estimates to results obtained via simulation models
  • Check data entered and calculations done in Excel by team members to ensure accuracy
  • Summarize and organize into tables results describing impacts of strategies on population health, health equity, and implementation costs by payer and activity
  • Assist in preparing results for dissemination on the CHOICES Project website by drafting and checking tables and text interpreting results
  • Communicate regular progress updates to supervisor and CHOICES team members
  • May collect additional data from existing sources online, by searching databases such as PubMed or collecting and reviewing program, policy, and surveillance reports and data

Note: This position will primarily support updates to cost-effectiveness models for childhood obesity prevention strategies disseminated on the Childhood Obesity National Action Kit.

Skills/Qualifications

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in entering data and calculating functions in Excel, including competency with Excel functions
  • Proficiency in Word, including creating, modifying, and formatting tables
  • Ability to learn and implement project-specific data entry and computation protocols by following training materials and guidance documents
  • Knowledge of and interest in nutrition and physical activity interventions and measures
  • Ability to work independently and communicate effectively with team members
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Other Details

Location: This position is fully remote.

Time commitment: 10-14 hours per week, October 2022 – February 2023 (with the possibility of extension)

To apply: Send resume/CV and cover letter, with subject line “HPRC RA”, to jbarrett@hsph.harvard.edu

Questions? Contact: Jessica Barrett, Senior Research Analyst, jbarrett@hsph.harvard.edu