Research Assistant
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care - Boston, MA

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The Research Assistant will work with the Therapeutics and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group (TIDE) within the Department of Population Medicine. The TIDE group manages large, complex, national, multi-institutional research initiatives that often include software development and other informatics initiatives, . The Research Assistant will be responsible for supporting the informatics activities associated with the development and enhancements of new software applications. This work includes activities related to the PopMedNet software application, which enables simple creation, operation, and governance of distributed health data collaboration networks. PopMedNet facilitates distributed analyses of electronic health data to support medical product safety, comparative effectiveness, quality, medical resource use, cost-effectiveness, and related studies. The Research Assistant will be involved with all aspects of new software releases developed by TIDE investigators. Additionally, this person may be responsible for providing organizational, administrative, and clerical support for multiple research projects.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Actively participate in the software development life cycle, including contributing to design specifications, conducting user acceptance testing, issue tracking, performing system administration tasks, and supporting the implementation of new software releases and deployments

Help build and maintain our library of project reports, tools, training materials, and application manuals

Participate in network administration of software systems, e.g., provide training and support

Assist with report preparation

Participate in regular project team meetings

Perform day-to-day general office tasks in support of research studies, including reports and other deliverables due to funders

Organize meetings with external collaborators and provide support to the end users of the application

Manage and perform data entry of a large database (Access or similar)

Work on special projects, as needed

REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree preferred with excellent organizational and problem solving skills and attention to detail

1-3 years of related experience in a health care, health IT, informatics, research, public health, or educational environment.

Excellent organizational and problem solving skills with attention to detail

Strong analytical and technical skills

Ability to work with good judgment, both as a team player and independently Strong interpersonal and written communication skillsFamiliarity and proficiency with computer systems, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet softwareAbility to handle confidential and sensitive information discreetly

Interest in public health research, health IT, and informatics is a plus

Required Skills

Required Experience

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