Current Research Staff and Postdoctoral Job Opportunities

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


 

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

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

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: Research Coordinator, Full-time

Position Description: The Research Assistant will help design, build, test and run mathematical models for the evaluation of infectious disease public policy. Responsibilities span the entirety of the research process and include literature review, model development, parameter estimation, data manipulation, analysis and interpretation of results, manuscript preparation and presentation and dissemination of results. Work is centered on using microsimulation and cost-effectiveness methods to perform economic evaluation of public health guidelines and policies. This position is ideal for a young investigator with interest and experience in public health, especially epidemiology, looking to make a substantial contribution to a well-established research team.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years’ clinical research, public health experience or other relevant experience. May consider 3 years of experience for candidates with a Master’s degree.
  • Previous experience with grant writing, IRB submissions, data management, and database development, preferred.
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual skills (beyond that of English) appropriate to the patient population served is a plus. Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of social, racial and ethnic populations.
  • Knowledge of MS Office applications, database systems, and Internet. Experience using quantitative data analysis software helpful (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Minitab).
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality of all personal/health-sensitive information.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Excellent English communication skills, including comfort with public speaking and formal writing.
  • Mastery of computational methods.
  • Understanding of infectious disease dynamics.
  • Previous experience with microsimulation desired– classroom experience acceptable.
  • Familiarity with R, SAS or other statistical programming language.
  • Data visualization and graphical communication useful.
  • A proven ability to learn and apply new technical skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of social, racial and ethnic populations.
  • Organizational ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and to prioritize duties.
  • Must be able to maintain strict protocols of all confidential or sensitive information.

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


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

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 are highly desired.

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


POSITION: Senior Statistician-Economist, Full-time

Position Description: The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is seeking to hire a full-time Senior Statistician-Economist to join the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). The role will perform complex professional statistical work.

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Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Adaptation of mathematical/statistical models for novel analyses of data.
  • Independent consultation with principal investigators.
  • Plan statistical analysis for research projects with complex designs.
  • Decide appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Write programming code as necessary to conduct analyses.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Required:

  • Demonstrated ability to write journal-quality manuscripts. Please attach any relevant job papers or other writing samples to your application.
  • At least four years of professional statistical experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience conducting economic research, including cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analyses.
  • Experience in health, mental health, or substance use-related research.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to present findings before an audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct statistical analyses using STATA, SAS, or similar statistical software packages.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Doctorate in economics or a closely related field.
  • Experience analyzing data from Medicaid data, Electronic Health Records, or data from other government systems (e.g. criminal justice).

To apply: Interested candidates should apply HERE. Please contact Dr. Darren Urada ([email protected]) with questions.