Career Opportunities

There are many exciting opportunities to join the MPEC team.  Click the links below to see more details about each opportunity:

To apply, click the position title in the descriptions below or go to https://www.massgeneral.org/careers and search for the Job ID# listed.

In keeping with our overarching mission to reduce health and other disparities in vulnerable populations, the Medical Practice Evaluation Center is specifically committed to recruiting a diverse team of individuals across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability backgrounds to ensure that our science is informed by and responsive to the communities we aim to serve. The Center strives to become a leader in developing and maintaining increased representation, recognition, and support of each of these dimensions of diversity among all of its members.


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The candidate should be highly motivated with experience in quantitative methods and public health research. The candidate should have solid foundation in biostatistics and statistical programming. Ideally, the candidate will have experience in mathematical model development, parameterization, and debugging. The position offers a stimulating, collaborative, and multidisciplinary environment and the opportunity to contribute to the development of the NIH-funded Cost-effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications (“CEPAC”) model and potentially other disease models. The primary responsibilities of this individual will be to help design and then conduct model-based cost-effectiveness analyses, lead in abstract presentation and manuscript preparation, assist with model refinement and expansion, and assist with new proposals and grant preparation. There are multiple possibilities for collaboration with other researchers in Boston, as well as with many national and international research groups and institutions.

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Communicate with clinical investigators to understand scientific issues, determine appropriate statistical analyses, and describe results 
  • Work with the study team and senior statisticians to develop reporting and quality control plans 
  • Use SAS to generate reports on study progress 
  • Develop programs to perform complete data validation and error detection, ensuring that all are informed of any issues relating to data integrity 
  • Perform literature reviews of the relevant statistical methods used in data analyses
  • Provide senior statisticians with data requests and sample pull lists for Principal Investigators 
  • Perform statistical analysis of data 
  • Assist in manuscript preparation 
  • Assist in design of interventional studies and analysis plans for external data sets
  • Attend team meetings within MPEC

Qualifications

Job qualifications include the following:

  • Master’s degree with focus on Biostatistics or Statistics, with a strong background and demonstrated ability in quantitative analysis and statistics
  • At least 6 months of experience programming, preferably in SAS®, which might be gained from coursework


Additional skills, abilities, and competencies are detailed on the job listing.

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The Data Analyst will work with investigators in the Outcomes and Implementation Science Program to analyze and evaluate interventions to improve health outcomes in the United States and international settings. Examples of active projects in the Outcomes and Implementation Science Program projects include:

  • Evaluating the impact of a Department of Health policy to promote community delivery of HIV treatments in South Africa
  • Measuring the pathophysiologic and social contributions of HIV on aging, cardiovascular disease, mortality and quality of life in Uganda and South Africa
  • A multinational randomized clinical trial to evaluate the benefit of HIV drug resistance testing on treatment outcomes and quality of life in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Investigating the role of maternal HIV infection and co-infection with early childhood infections
  • Studying low-barrier service delivery mechanisms for sexually transmitted infection screening and prevention out of the MGH Sexual Health Clinic and in partnership with community organizations in the Boston area
  • A pilot project to offer HIV prevention and family planning to young women in community venues in South Africa
  • Analysis of hospital, statewide, and national datasets to elucidate clinical outcomes of COVID-19 disease and the efficacy of social distancing regulations on epidemic transmission


The candidate should be highly motivated with experience in quantitative methods and public health research. The candidate should have solid foundation in biostatistics and statistical programming. Primary responsibilities of this individual will be to collaborate with clinical investigators and faculty biostatisticians to implement statistical analyses, support abstract presentation and manuscript preparation, and assist in the preparation of grant proposals. There are multiple possibilities for engagement and mentorship with other researchers in Boston, national and international research groups and institutions, and the broader Biostatistics community at MGH through an affiliate membership in the MGH Biostatistics Center.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Specific duties for the Data Analyst include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Support data analysis for projects including clinical trials, observational cohort studies, implementation science programs, and medical record-based cohorts
  • Work with investigators to develop and test hypotheses, construct analytic datasets, and design appropriate statistical analyses
  • Work with investigators to develop programs to enhance data quality control in active studies
  • Perform literature reviews of the relevant statistical methods used in data analyses
  • Support development and generation of reports on study progress, including reports for the Principal Investigator and data and safety monitoring boards
  • Assist in manuscript preparation and review
  • Attend team meetings within MPEC

Qualifications

Qualifications include the following:

  • Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Statistics, with a strong background and demonstrated ability in quantitative analysis and statistics
  • At least 6 months of experience preparing and analyzing data from clinical studies, which might be gained from coursework


Additional skills, abilities, and competencies are detailed on the job listing.

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Clinical Research Coordinator I

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The Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) is seeking Research Assistants (Clinical Research Coordinators) to work with an internationally recognized multidisciplinary team from Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to improving clinical outcomes, increasing value in health policy, and informing global public health through innovative research, collaboration, and education.                            

Research Assistants will work with investigators in the Simulation Modeling and Economics Program to conduct clinical and cost-effectiveness analyses on key aspects of HIV disease management (as well as other chronic and infectious disease treatment and prevention) and/or with investigators in the Outcomes and Implementation Science Program to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve engagement in medical care in the United States and international settings.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities for all MPEC Research Assistants may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:  

  • Participate in all phases of research projects, from conception and design of studies through analysis and writing manuscripts for submission to academic journals
  • Perform systematic literature reviews and synthesize relevant data
  • Assist in writing abstracts for submission to research conferences
  • Design posters for presentation at research conferences
  • Present study results to project teams and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate with Compliance Specialist to prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and related documents regarding the protection of human subjects
  • Monitor study activities for compliance with all applicable regulations and facilitate regulatory trainings for study personnel as needed
  • Help prepare grant progress reports and applications and related documents
  • Assist in preparation of slides for lectures and seminars
  • Organize group meetings, including setting up conference calls and taking minutes
  • Provide general administrative support as needed 

Additional project-specific responsibilities will vary depending on experience and skill, but may include the following:

  • Participate in model development, refinement, and debugging
  • Contribute to the documentation of model inputs and update model user manuals
  • Generate data queries and participate in data cleaning efforts
  • Analyze quantitative data, including cohort studies, clinical trials, and implementation science studies
  • Code qualitative data from in-depth interviews and focus groups
  • Partner with international collaborators and study staff on oversight of studies, standard operating procedure development and review, and data quality assurance

Qualifications

The position requires a bachelor’s degree, with an academic record demonstrating experience and skills in analytical thinking and/or quantitative methods. Candidates should demonstrate organizational, time management, verbal, and written communication skills as well as the ability to interact professionally at all levels.

Quantitative and analytical skills are essential. Computer skills, as described above, are required. The candidate must have English language (spoken and written) skills.

Additional skills, abilities, and competencies are detailed on the job listing.

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Programmer Analyst

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Do you want the code you write to have global social impact? Our research group at Massachusetts General Hospital seeks a talented, motivated full-time scientific programmer/developer to join our team. We collaborate with health organizations and research groups around the world to inform health policy by projecting health outcomes and healthcare costs using simulation models. We work on a wide variety of projects, focusing mostly on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and COVID-19, as well as on the health impacts of tobacco use. As a programmer in our group, you will have the opportunity to learn about public health issues while using your software skills to help solve global health problems.

Principal duties and responsibilities

As part of a small team of developers embedded within a research group composed of healthcare researchers with diverse backgrounds, you will contribute to a variety of software-related tasks including (but not limited to): 

  • Maintaining and developing the current simulation models for adult/pediatric HIV, COVID-19, and smoking through:
    • Coding, debugging, and testing new features
    • Streamlining and model optimization
    • Consulting with research personnel on model mechanics and structure
  • Developing new and existing data analysis/visualization tools
  • Meeting regularly with research personnel to devise innovative and scientifically appropriate solutions to modeling and data analysis challenges
  • Working with research personnel to identify workflow issues and develop technical solutions, such as writing scripts to automate time-consuming or error-prone tasks
  • Serving as a technical liaison with external collaborators and model developers
  • Contributing to grant proposals by consulting on technical/programming aspects
  • Producing documentation for technical and non-technical audiences
  • Assisting researchers with software-related questions and problem solving, including tasks related to Linux and Windows system administration

Qualifications

Job qualifications include the following:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience with Python or similar scripting language
  • Familiarity with C++ development
  • Comfort with Windows and Linux development environments
  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies and scientific concepts

Additional skills, abilities, and competencies are detailed on the job listing.

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Program Coordinator

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The Coordinator will play a key role in research program administration for the Biometry (Biostatistics) Unit through coordination of data analysis activities and monitoring personnel bandwidth. In collaboration with the Directory of Biometry, the Coordinator will lead process improvements to maximize efficiency, transparency, and communication between Investigators and the Biometry Unit.

Members of the Biometry Unit work with Investigators in the Simulation Modeling Program to conduct clinical and cost-effectiveness analyses on key aspects of HIV disease management (as well as other chronic and infectious disease treatment and prevention) and with Investigators in the Outcomes and Implementation Science Program to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve engagement in medical care in the United States and international settings. The MPEC research portfolio focuses on HIV, TB, tobacco use, and COVID-19, and includes up to 90 active projects led by over 20 Principal Investigators.

Principal duties and responsibilities

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

 Programmatic Coordination

  • Work with programmatic leadership to support successful coordination of projects by:
    • Summarizing project scope and deliverables
    • Developing clear, actionable plans
    • Coordinating completion of action items
    • Tracking project progress and milestones
    • Developing and maintaining project documentation
    • Maintaining lines of communication with project stakeholders
  • Maintain collaborative team relationships to support the group’s shared goals by:
    • Developing relationships with key stakeholders and working with cross-functional teams
    • Using problem solving and suggesting solutions to move initiatives forward while working collaboratively to resolve challenges
  • Work closely with the Biometry team to synergize and align program efforts, balance priorities, develop program metrics and evaluation plans, and document outcomes for reporting
  • Ensure research integrity, including data management and documentation, by collaborating with the MPEC Program Management team to develop best practices, provide ongoing training, and monitor for adherence

Biometry Unit Personnel Coordination

  • Assist with coordination of staffing efforts to support timely completion of Biometry Unit deliverables, including:
    • Monitoring personnel resource allocations and advising team leadership on factors affecting research productivity
    • Gathering information regarding project progress, meeting with each team member weekly
  • Coordinate annual performance review process
  • Work with recruiting team to recruit new personnel

Qualifications

Required qualifications include the following:

  • 3+ years of experience, inclusive of experience in baccalaureate education, in an academic, research, or related setting with project coordination experience
  • Bachelor’s degree

Master’s degree desirable but not required.

Additional skills, abilities, and competencies are detailed on the job listing.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

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This job posting seeks a highly-qualified, post-doctoral researcher with experience in field epidemiology and a career interest in global non-communicable disease research. The incumbent will lead scientific analysis and manuscript development with data from several NIH R01-funded studies focused on the effects of HIV on non-communicable disease in sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, the goal of the research program is to use mixed methods research to elucidate the contributions of HIV infection to health, quality of life, and wellbeing among older-aged persons in rural Uganda. Study methods include qualitative interviews, longitudinal cohort and clinical trial design, and intervention design methods in concert with social, physical, and cellular functioning data to promote wellbeing for older individuals in rural Uganda.

Principal duties and responsibilities

In collaboration with the study Principle Investigator(s), responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:  

  • Independently lead data analyses on repeated-measure observational and clinical trial datasets
  • Preparation and publication of abstracts, posters, and manuscripts
  • Provide technical support to foreign colleagues and junior scientists
  • Collaborate with data managers who lead data collection, monitoring and quality assurance activities
  • Perform systematic literature reviews and synthesize relevant data
  • Prepare slides for conference presentations, lectures, and seminars
  • Assist with preparation and submission of grants
  • Compile datasets for data quality checks, reporting, and research purposes
  • Conduct weekly meetings with domestic and international collaborators
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

The position requires a post-doctoral degree, with a strong background and demonstrated ability in field epidemiology. The candidate must possess superior organizational, administrative, time management, and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally at all levels, particularly in cross-cultural settings. 

 Additional qualifications include:

  • PhD in epidemiology, global health, or quantitative research with excellent academic record
  • Minimum of 7 years research experience (inclusive of graduate studies)
  • Prior epidemiologic field work required, with preference for work in global settings
  • Superior writing, presentation, and organizational skills, as well as a track record of timely completion of grants and contracts
  • Stata or R computational ability required
  • Experience with REDCap database design and implementation preferred
  • Previous experience in human research studies is required
  • Experience working as a team; cultural sensitivity and experience working with people from different cultures
  • Capacity to organize and analyze large amounts of data
  • Proficiency with the standard Microsoft Office software (particularly Excel) as well as the ability to learn new computer applications
  • Intellectual independence and initiative
  • Career interest in academic or programmatic public health, epidemiology, and/or global health preferred
  • Prior experience on clinical studies of non-communicable disease and/or aging (such as measurement of quality of life, frailty, physical functioning, wellbeing, and independence) preferred
  • Training in mixed and/or qualitative research methods is a plus

Additional skills, abilities, and competencies are detailed on the job listing.

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