Current Research Staff and Postdoctoral Job Opportunities

A number of opportunities to work alongside CHERISH investigators and staff, Research Affiliates, and esteemed colleagues are currently available. Please contact [email protected] to add an open position at your institution to this page.


POSITION: Part-time (<35 hours/week) Research Assistant

Position Description: CHERISH Research Affiliate and pilot grant recipient Angélica Meinhofer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine, is seeking to hire a part-time Research Assistant to be responsible for coordinating and conducting health economics, public policy, and health services research projects related to substance use disorder and neonates/pregnant women. The ideal candidate has at least one of the following skills: 1) statistical analysis in STATA or 2) manuscript writing.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma is required, a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Advanced undergraduate students or graduate students with experience in applied microeconomics, health economics, policy analysis, or public health are preferred.
  • Approximately one year of related experience.
  • Statistical and database management experience, including proficiency in STATA.
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology is helpful.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Willingness to work under tight deadlines and to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Flexible individual, motivated to learn
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills.
  • Analytical skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and schedules meetings in support of research projects and investigators.
  • Assists with the preparation of research meeting materials, newsletters (in paper and electronic formats), and research-related promotional materials.
  • Conducts literature reviews and gains expert familiarity with protocols that will be used as templates.
  • Assists in creation of study database. Manages and enters collected data into study database.
  • May conduct qualitative coding and thematic analysis of study data.
  • May perform statistical analysis of research data.
  • Assists in the preparation of materials, submissions and renewals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or IACUC.
  • Assists faculty in the preparation of grant submissions and associated documentation, which may include just-in-time documents, progress reports, routing forms, abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Jared Leff ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Research Manager

Position Description: CHERISH Research Affiliate and pilot grant recipient Czarina Behrends, PhD, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine, is seeking to hire a Research Manager to be responsible for managing and conducting health services research projects related to harm reduction access and utilization for people who use drugs. The ideal candidate has at least one of the following skills: 1) statistical analysis in SAS, 2) decision analysis in TreeAge, or 3) qualitative analysis in NVivo.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in related field is required.
  • Approximately 4 years of related experience, preferably in an academic healthcare or in both public health research and project management setting.
  • Ideal candidate will have experience in at least one of the following 1) Statistical analysis in STATA, SAS, etc. 2) Decision analysis in TreeAge 3) Qualitative analysis in NVivo, etc.
  • Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience with budget and strategic financial planning.

Responsibilities:

  • Establishes and oversees subaward agreements.
  • Assists with the preparation and submission of progress reports.
  • Monitors resource allocations and ensures that funds are used accordance with external sponsors’ policies. Resolves any deficits and/or inappropriate expenses.
  • Analyzes financial health to identify and resolve any financial issues.
  • Assists with the preparation and review of IRB protocols.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory audits/inspections and/or internal reviews. Develops and recommends corrective action plans to address deficiencies identified. May serve as liaison to audit team(s) during on-site visits.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget submission and projections. Supports and monitors research-related financial activities to ensure compliance with institutional and funding agency regulations.
  • Assists faculty in the preparation of grant submissions and associated documentation, which may include just-in-time documents, progress reports, routing forms, abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Manages the financial activity of grant portfolios, including pre- and post-award grant management activities.
  • Ensures compliance of departmental research effort reporting activities.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Jared Leff ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: 2-3 Full-time (35 hours/week) Postdoctoral Researchers

Position Description: Jyoti Pathak, PhD, Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine, is seeking is seeking 2-to-3 Postdoctoral Researchers in mental health services research and data science. Specific areas of research and development interests for the position include, but not limited to:(1) Mental health services and outcomes research; (2) Data mining and machine learning methods; (3) Study design and implementation using large administrative (claims) and EHR data; (4) Natural language processing; and (5) Clinical decision support. Successful candidates will have a PhD and experience with electronic health records or insurance claims data, and programming in SAS/STATA, Python, R, or MATLAB.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent in health economics/services research, biomedical informatics, computer science, health information technology, biostatistics, or a related field.
  • Applicant will have a record of significant research accomplishments as evidenced by work experience and publications in top-tier journals and conferences in informatics, computer sciences, and mental health research.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong working experience with electronic health records and insurance claims data, and programming with SAS/STATA, Python, R, or MATLAB is a plus.
  • The successful candidate will also have a track record of working with an interdisciplinary team, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

To apply: More information on this position and the application process is available HERE. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest highlighting their research interests and career goals, and a curriculum vita to Jyoti Pathak, PhD. Please contact Jyoti Pathak ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Programmer Analyst I

Position Description: Under close direction, this role provides dedicated data management and analytic support for research projects by querying databases and preparing datasets for analysis of healthcare claims data to answer policy-relevant questions related to hepatitis c (HCV) treatment, opioid prescribing, and maternal-child health.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in biostatistics, or Master’s degree in another related discipline (e.g., mathematics, economics, epidemiology, health services research, health policy) with a concentration or certificate in biostatistics/data analysis.
  • Minimum 1-2 years’ experience providing data management/programming support, either within the academic curriculum or part of a consulting service unit.
  • Experience working with large, population datasets preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Fluency in SAS programming, including proficiency with macro language.
  • Proficiency in SQL and R programming.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work under tight deadlines and manage changing priorities.
  • Meticulous coding and documentation of code.
  • Effective communication and familiarity with clinical terminology. Ability to translate clinical questions into appropriate queries.
  • Experience with PostgreSQL databases beneficial.

To apply: More information on this position and the application process is available HERE.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Research Program Specialist

Position Description: The Syndemics Team at Boston Medical Center is seeking a Research Program Specialist to support overall management, dissemination, and coordination of activities for a large research portfolio. This role will perform a variety of organizational, communications, and research project support activities to health services researchers, statisticians, epidemiologists, research assistants and analysts conducting research focused on the synergistic epidemics of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), HIV, and substance use disorder.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration, Business Management, Healthcare-related or other relevant field, plus 1 year related experience (will consider equivalent combination of formal education and experience, i.e. HS/GED plus 3 years related experience). Bachelor’s degree desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Cultural sensitivity and a commitment to working in and contributing to an inclusive and supportive workplace for all
  • Strong verbal/written English communication skills, including excellent formal writing, grammatical, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), web browsers, and remote meeting technologies, and a proven ability to learn new applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively and prioritize competing tasks.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to interact appropriately with diverse staff and external collaborators.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all personal/sensitive information.

Responsibilities:

  • Curate Syndemics Group social media and online presence including facilitating the development of a Syndemics team website, Twitter handle, and blog posts; regularly tracking and updating with new content from our team and collaborators.
  • Track and manage research team manuscripts and support the manuscript publication process, including ensuring public access compliance and the proper citation of all project funding.
  • Draft, track, and manage IRB protocols and approvals and maintain database of CITI certifications for all staff.
  • Manage calendars, events, and scheduling for principal investigators.
  • Create Word documents/correspondence, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets for research project meetings, conferences, communications, research reports, and research forum announcements. Proofread and edit correspondence for content and grammatical correctness, incorporate edits from others, and review team documents to ensure proper citation of all project funding, collaborators, etc.
  • Schedule, plan, organize and facilitate meetings and research forums, including the use of Zoom or other remote meeting technologies and reserving conference rooms (when office work resumes). Send and track meeting invitations, procure food and beverages, set up room and equipment, prepare agendas, produce needed materials, record (as appropriate), maintain/distribute meeting notes, and follow up on meeting-generated actions.
  • Regularly update and maintain principal investigator Biosketches, CVs, and Other Support documents.
  • Oversee and track equipment procurement and purchasing.
  • Act as a liaison with all team members, other departments and staff at Boston Medical Center, and colleagues and partners at other institutions. Ensure clear, efficient, and effective communication and timely responses to inquiries.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Caroline Savitzky ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Research Programmer

Position Description: The Syndemics Team at Boston Medical Center is seeking a Research Programmer to design, build, analyze, and modify programming systems for the evaluation of infectious disease public policy; including implementing, testing, and documenting code. Simulation models will be designed and implemented in C++ and R. Responsibilities include working closely with principal investigators to develop model specifications, new modules for existing simulation models, and designing new simulation models.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related field.
  • Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in a research role preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Required:

  • Cultural sensitivity and a commitment to working in and contributing to an inclusive and supportive workplace for all.
  • 1+ year of experience in programming with compiled and scripting languages (e.g. C++, R).
  • 1+ year of experience in object-oriented programming.
  • 1+ year of experience in developing on Unix-like systems.
  • Experience with version control.
  • Quick to learn new technologies and scientific concepts and understand complex model/software dynamics.
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to act professionally at all levels.
  • Ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Organizational ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and to prioritize duties.
  • Must be able to maintain strict protocols of all confidential or sensitive .information.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Experience in programming simulation models such as Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Experience with software build process.
  • Experience with computer clusters and parallel processing.
  • Experience with SQL.
  • Familiarity with probability theory.
  • Interest in science and/or public health.
  • Experience working in an academic research environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop new data analysis tools for researchers.
  • Work closely with principal investigators to develop simulation model specifications.
  • Design and implement new modules for current simulation models to address new problems and requirements of each project.
  • Design and implement new simulation models using C++ and R.
  • Debug and test the simulation models.
  • Provide detailed documentation and flowcharts for simulation models and explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Develop within Unix and unix-like systems.
  • Develop code that can be employed across a distributed computing cluster at BU
  • Use version control for a research group that has multiple users.
  • Assist researchers with software-related questions and problem solving.
  • Attend research group meetings as required and participate in result interpretation discussions.
  • Utilize the hospital’s behavioral standards as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the hospital’s goals and mission.
  • Follow established hospital infection control and safety procedures.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Caroline Savitzky ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Data Analyst

Position Description: The Syndemics Team at Boston Medical Center is seeking a Data Analyst to provide a wide range of data collection, management, and analysis activities including SAS and R programming, data set cleaning, descriptive analyses, regression modeling, power calculations, and multilevel modeling.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • For candidates with a Bachelor’s degree, 2+ years of work experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to use statistical packages such as SAS, R, SPSS, or other statistical tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct predictive data analysis, such as generalized linear models, survival analysis, categorical data analysis, and longitudinal data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability with claims and/or administrative health record database.
  • Experience and knowledge of mathematical models and stochastic process are preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to understand and meet the information needs of research team and collaborators.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Advanced proficiency use of desktop productivity tools including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deliver required products in a timely manner.
  • Detail oriented with a commitment to producing analytic product that consistently meets the highest standards of accuracy.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including physicians, researchers, and non-technical staff.
  • Ability to explain data analysis to non-technical audiences.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with individuals from diverse social, racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
  • Organizational ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and to prioritize duties.
  • Must be able to maintain strict protocols of all confidential or sensitive information.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs a variety of duties related to data collection, management, and analysis including: SAS and R programming, dataset cleaning, descriptive analyses, regression modeling, power calculations, and multilevel modeling.
  • Serves the data and information needs of a diverse research team including physicians, researchers, and a variety of non-technical collaborators.
  • Prepares graphical reports for a diverse audience in a manner that meets their specific needs.
  • Provides data and information in a readily accessible, understandable and actionable manner using tools such as Excel, PowerPoint, and other tools as needed
  • Conducts literature searches for relevant model inputs using web-based search engines and other reference tools and synthesizes information in requested formats.
  • Assists in the dissemination of project and specific study-related information through conferences and presentations and contributes to the methods and results sections of manuscripts for peer review.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and/or necessary.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Caroline Savitzky ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Description: The Section of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in health economics or health services research and an interest in conducting comparative economic evaluations of substance use disorder interventions. The candidate will join the Massachusetts site of the HEALing Communities Study, a large-scale, multi-site study to reduce opioid overdose deaths, currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must currently hold a doctoral degree in economics, health economics, or in a relevant area of study or will receive such a degree prior to starting this position.
  • Background in health economics, health policy, and/or health decision science is preferred.
  • Previous experience conducting economic evaluations.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Methodological expertise in econometrics, pharmaco-economics, or a related area.
  • Familiarity with substance use disorders and related conditions.
  • Previous experience with microsimulation and model-based cost-effectiveness research desired.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with individuals from diverse social, racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent English communication skills, including comfort with public speaking and strong formal writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism, and collaborative spirit.
  • Organizational ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and to prioritize duties.
  • Must be able to maintain strict protocols of all confidential or sensitive information.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and monitor cost data acquisition by a team of research assistants.
  • Lead analysis of economic and resource utilization data.
  • Use an established computer simulation model to perform cost-effectiveness analyses.
  • Interpret model results to draw conclusions about intervention sustainability and cost-effectiveness.
  • Write and edit manuscripts at various stages of development.
  • Maintain project records and ensure adherence to established timelines.
  • Balance multiple competing priorities and tasks.
  • Assist with project documentation, reporting, presentations, and preparation of manuscripts.
  • Maintain and update project and regulatory files, including IRBs, as necessary.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Caroline Savitzky ([email protected]) with questions.


POSITION: Full-time (35 hours/week) Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Description: The research team led by Brandon Marshall, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, at Brown University is hiring a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate actively in two new NIH-funded studies. Candidates with a strong background in project management, rigorous training in epidemiological methods (e.g., geospatial analyses, longitudinal data analysis, machine learning methods) and/or clinical trials are highly desired.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD, ScD, or DrPH in epidemiology or a related field in public health.
  • Significant research experience as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications is required.
  • Demonstrated interest in substance use epidemiology, overdose prevention, opioid use disorder, and/or harm reduction interventions is also required.
  • Prior experience working with people who use drugs is preferred.
  • Persons with a strong background in project management, rigorous training in epidemiological methods (e.g., geospatial analyses, longitudinal data analysis, machine learning methods) and/or clinical trials is highly desired.

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Brandon Marshall ([email protected]) with questions.