Research Assistant II
Harvard University Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
United States

Job Code

403113 Research Assistant II Non-Lab

Duties & Responsibilities

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. The DGHSM is at the forefront of global health. To maintain our leadership of the field, the Department must: underline our commitment to teaching and research in global health equity; maintain and enhance support for “effector arms,” with a focus on implementation and delivery; strengthen models of graduate and post-graduate training, including through global health and social medicine advanced degree programs, residencies, and fellowships; and coordinate efforts throughout Harvard to build a common agenda around global health equity.  
endTB (Expand New Drugs for TB) is a multi-year project funded by UNITAID, led by Partners In Health (PIH), and with consortium partners Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and Interactive Research & Development (IRD). Major objectives of endTB are to study the use of new TB drugs in 2,600 patients and to investigate novel treatment regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The research component of endTB includes a multi-center prospective observational study on the safety and efficacy of MDR-TB treated with multidrug regimens containing bedaquiline or delamanid and two international multicenter randomized therapeutic trials to evaluate short, oral drug regimens for the treatment of MDR-TB. The trials are a collaborative project among PIH, DGHSM, MSF, IRD, the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM, Antwerp, Belgium), Epicentre (Paris, France), and the Institute of Research for Development (Montpelier, France). The present position will work primarily on the observational study.  The Clinical Investigator conducts clinical research on the safety and tolerability of new and repurposed drugs to treat MDR-TB, using observational, experimental, and pharmacokinetic data. Using existing and forthcoming data from four clinical trials and two observational studies of tuberculosis treatment, the Clinical Investigator will [1] examine the safety and tolerability of bedaquiline and delamanid within conventional MDR-TB regimens; [2] estimate the effect of linezolid-dose reduction strategies on the safety and tolerability of MDR-TB treatment and the pharmacokinetics of linezolid; and [3] estimate the effect of plasma drug exposure on the safety and tolerability of combinations of new and repurposed drugs.  The research assistant will perform a variety of complex research and administrative duties across the endTB observational study and the Clinical Investigator’s research program. Working both independently and in collaboration with others, the research assistant is responsible for research activities (80%), including but not limited to:   data management, documentation, analysis, and visualization; procurement of equipment and supplies; submission and modification of IRB protocols; preparation of manuscripts for publication; conduct of literature reviews.  The research assistant is responsible for establishing and meeting deadlines and facilitating communication among key players associated with the Harvard Medical School DGSHM.   This individual will also provide administrative support (20%) including, but not limited to, calendar management, travel arrangements, expense reimbursements, and research meeting coordination.  This RA will perform other related tasks as assigned.    

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience.

Additional Qualifications


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; Stata, or another statistical programming language (s).
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Masters degree in public health, global health delivery, or a related field.
  • Experience in pharmacy operations, preferred but not required.   


Additional Information

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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, $40 per class 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.

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