Research Assistant II Non-Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7083208
Posted: August 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The research assistant will provide support to one Principal Investigator (PI) and other members of his research team in a very fast paced environment. This individual will work on a series of sponsored research projects to assist with literature reviews, retrieve scientific articles, and perform research as needed to obtain surveys, scales, and other items for the projects. They will work as part of a team in preparation of manuscripts and tables and figures based on the results of the analysis as well as compile, prepare, format, or proofread slides and other materials for conferences, meetings, or research reports. They will work as part of a team in testing of survey instruments. They will serve on several research projects as the principal liaison with collaborators and staff, coordinating communication, meetings, and information with all groups. They will perform various coordination and administrative tasks needed for specific research projects including processing orders or invoices, procuring supplies, obtaining approvals, booking travel, and scheduling. In addition, this person will take part in assisting coordinating the overall function of the PIs full research enterprise. This will involve managing requests for several multisite studies and coordinating logistics with international collaborators. They will be primary point person for receiving and answering all incoming external communication for the lab and be able to respond to requests for information, including coordinating interviews with the press. In conjunction with the PI, they will arrange all PI travel, and research/coordinate all administrative requirements pertaining to the PI’s travel (i.e. obtaining appropriate visas, confirming baggage weight limitations, ensuring phone and internet access at travel destination, etc.). This person should provide for smooth day-to-day flow of communications with PI and within the lab team unit. Under the direction of the PI and research team, they will perform a variety of research and clerical tasks determined by the field and scope of the particular research study as well as the needs of the PI’s overall research enterprise.

Basic Qualifications

One or more years of related research and admin experience required (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Excellent computer skills are preferred. Must be proficient with most computer software, especially Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Microsoft Outlook. Bachelor's degree preferred. Experience booking international travel helpful. Must learn other software as needed (EndNote and Access). Patience, flexibility, and excellent communication skills are required to respond efficiently to varied/complex tasks. Organization and attention to detail is a must. Ability to work under pressure during periods of high volume and increased activity is critical.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position with possibility of extension, contingent on work performance and continued funding for the position.

This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.


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