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POST DATE 9/14/2016
END DATE 3/24/2017

Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree



Functioning under the direction of the principal investigators and other faculty members, the Research Specialist works independently to conduct high level, complex research study design and analysis in the areas of pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology/biostatistics, and analytic methods. Contributes to scientific literature, reports, journals, manuscripts (including co-authorship as appropriate), presentations, and grant writing. Work in close-knit, internationally known research unit of 20 faculty and 40 support staff.


Under the direction of principal investigators, assists in the designing, planning, and execution of analyses of therapeutic outcomes and adverse effects of drugs and other medical interventions, as well as simulation studies evaluating epidemiologic methods and validation studies in claims data, applying skills in biostatistics, epidemiologic methods, and health services research. Serves as an integral part of the research team, helps to analyze and interpret data findings, prepare summaries, reports and presentations based on analysis and results. The Research Specialist will also help oversee large prospective quality improvement trials being conducted to improve long-term medication adherence and health outcomes. The Research Specialist will work with the principal investigators to review available clinical evidence. Contributes to the scientific literature through oral and poster presentations and published manuscripts. Assists with grant proposals and project management, as needed.

Specific duties include:

1.Researches, develops, designs and executes and interprets research data
2.Contributes to interpretation of research data and results
3.Contributes to scientific literature, journals, and oral presentations
4.Participate in study design and protocol development
5.Participate in Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process for new research protocols
6.Take part in design and writing of grant proposals and grant material
7.Compose and present sections of research reports and manuscripts
8.Perform advanced data analysis, working closely with the Principal Investigator and other researchers
9.Performs other duties as assigned


Masters required, preferable in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field, emphasis on methods and or pharmaco-epidemiology preferred, healthcare-related doctoral degree a plus, Ph.D. preferred
Two year of relevant work experience required, in some cases highly relevant education experience may be accepted
Excellent knowledge of epidemiologic methods, focus on Pharmacoepidemiology desirable
Experience in research using large claims databases
Experience in collaborative projects with clinical medicine is preferred
Knowledge and skills in the critical appraisal of research evidence are highly desired
Background in pharmaceuticals is advantageous


The successful candidate will have very good methodologic and analytic skills in epidemiology to help implement these research projects, with knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology an added advantage. The study of large longitudinal claims data and the analysis of correlated discrete data structures requires experience and substantial skills in this research. The candidate must have the abilities to independently design and analyze complex epidemiologic claims data analyses, to perform major database manipulation and statistical analyses in SAS or other statistical package, and to draft study reports for funding agencies. Strong time management/organizational skills as well as written and verbal presentational skills are necessary. An understanding of clinical medicine is an advantage but not required. Familiarity with pharmaceuticals is desirable.

Brigham and Womens Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

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R.I will Respect all individuals
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