Clinical and Health Policy Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery (Boston, MA)

Application deadline: March 1


We are seeking to hire a full-time Research Assistant to work with our internationally recognized, multidisciplinary health policy and clinical outcomes research team at the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe) and the Policy and Innovation eValuation in Orthopaedic Treatments (PIVOT) Centers, both in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The incumbent will be essential to the research operations of OrACORe/PIVOT and will be an integral member of the centers.


The Research Assistant will work directly with the Principal Investigators of the centers, as well as numerous other faculty and staff members, to conduct clinical research involving musculoskeletal conditions. There will be opportunities to collect data, synthesize literature, and write both manuscripts and sections of grant proposals. The Research Assistant will also participate in conducting health policy evaluations of musculoskeletal diseases using computer simulation modeling.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:


  • Conducting enrollment and follow-up telephone interviews of study participants
  • Scheduling and completing in-person study visits and performing musculoskeletal-based physical examinations and tests for clinical studies
  • Serving as a primary contact for study participants
  • Working with OrACORe/PIVOT faculty (clinicians, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians) to design and implement research studies, analyze data, and report research results
  • Performing electronic medical record reviews
  • Collecting and maintaining study data
  • Inputting data and producing reports
  • Conducting data cleaning and organizing study data
  • Assisting in preparing research documents, presentations, manuscripts, and journal articles
  • Completing literature searches and retrieving relevant articles
  • Aiding with the editing and submission of research papers and grant proposals
  • Working with investigators to facilitate and conduct health policy and medical decision-making analyses using computer simulation models
  • Participating in model development, refinement, and debugging, including collaborating with the model developer
  • Corresponding with and preparing materials for the Internal Review Board (IRB) for protocol amendments, consent form changes, and annual reports
  • Attending and leading regularly scheduled project-specific and group-wide meetings
  • Performing administrative duties, such as preparing meeting agendas and taking minutes as needed



This position requires a Bachelor’s degree with strong academic performance and a demonstrated background in research or quantitative skills. We are seeking a good natured and high-spirited team player who gets along well with others from diverse intellectual and social backgrounds. A strong quantitative background and good communication skills (both written and oral) are important and some prior research experience is desired. No knowledge of orthopedics or arthritis is necessary; we will provide necessary teaching. We value flexibility, initiative, and independence as well as interest in medicine, epidemiology, health policy, biostatistics, economics, and/or computer programming.


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript to Christine Gude at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but submitting materials by March 01, 2019 is recommended. Applications missing any of the requested documents will be considered incomplete.