Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
China's population is aging rapidly. To meet the changing needs and demands of the aging population and their families, China is embarking on major reforms to transform its health care system and to build an elderly care system. Rigorous research and training are needed to inform policy formulations. At the same time, while the COVID-19 outbreak demonstrated China's substantial progress in medical science since the 2003 SARS outbreak, the catastrophic costs of COVID-19 in terms of both lives lost and economic, social, and psychological well-being placed in jeopardy, expose both the strengths and fundamental inadequacies of China's health care system and associated public health and policy research capacity.
The Harvard China Health Partnership seeks to hire a Research Assistant (RA) to conduct key analyses on comparative elderly care policy and COVID-19 response, in order to support our research agenda that promotes a sustainable and people-centered health and elderly care system in China that provides affordable, equitable, and high-quality care and security to everyone.
Under the direction of Professor Winnie Yip, the Harvard China Health Partnership is a vibrant research community with team members based in Boston and China. The partnership is housed within the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The successful candidate will be dynamic, proactive, creative, and will bring stellar scholarship and analytical skills to the position. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Analyze responses of the United States, China, and other selected countries to COVID-19 and compare their effectiveness, to identify lessons that would help China and advanced nations to more effectively prepare for and respond to future disease outbreaks. This will be done through reviewing, analyzing and synthesizing published literature and policy documents
Create a database to support assessment of the needs of aging populations in China, taking an inter-disciplinary perspective incorporating physical, social, emotional and overall well-being
Conduct comparative analyses of elderly care systems across a number of countries relevant to China. This includes conducting quantitative analyses as well as creating and drafting research papers, manuscripts, articles or other documents for publication and/or presentation. The RA may present key research findings to internal audiences as well
Facilitate communication with research partners at other locations or institutions as needed to support the above goals
Other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with the possibility for extension.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually - including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
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 complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
3+ years related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Experience with STATA or R required
Bachelor's or Master's degree in health policy, public policy, economics, or health systems research, with strong disciplinary training in economics, political economy, comparative politics or related fields, strongly preferred
Experience in quantitative methods, including experience cleaning and analyzing large datasets, strongly preferred
Excellent methodological and analytical skills strongly preferred
Chinese language skills, both oral and written, preferred but not required
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience collaborating with diverse partners preferred
Strong writing and communication skills preferred
Enthusiasm to learn preferred
Experience and success working independently, remaining organized, and meeting deadlines preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53358BR
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