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Career Opportunities

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


Please come join us at one of our Virtual Open Houses to learn more about the Research Assistant (RA)/Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) position! You’ll have the opportunity to talk to current RAs, alumni, faculty, and other team members. Sessions will be 1-2 hours depending on the length of the Q&A portion. Please register for a day using the following links:

  • Please check back – no additional sessions are currently scheduled this season

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.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.


Clinical Research Coordinator (aka Research Assistant) – hiring for June/July 2022 start

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Description

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. MPEC is a dynamic, results-oriented, and diverse group that values the unique contribution of its Research Assistants. Research Assistants will join with a cohort of other ambitious Research Assistants where they will receive group training and individual mentorship during their time at MPEC.                                            

Research Assistants will work with investigators in the Simulation Modeling and Economics Program or Epidemiology and Implementation Program.

The Simulation Modeling and Economics Program works 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).  Projects include:

  • Examining the impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for populations at high risk of acquiring HIV in India
  • Assessing cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis diagnostics in South Africa
  • Determining optimal uptake of strategies for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in Zimbabwe
  • Studying the impact of pre-travel vaccination for international travelers

The Epidemiology and Implementation Program works to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve engagement in medical carein the United States and international settings. Projects include:

  • Evaluating the clinical impact of a policy change to allow stable HIV patients to pick up medications at community venues in South Africa
  • Quantitative measurement of the effects of HIV on aging and on coronary artery disease in rural Uganda
  • Investigating the role of maternal HIV infection and co-infection with early childhood infections
  • Studying low-barrier service delivery mechanisms for STI 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

Research Assistants in our group frequently go on to pursue careers in medicine, public health, epidemiology, global health, and health policy research.

Principal duties and responsibilities

MPEC Research Assistants may participate in all phases of research projects, from conception and design of studies through analysis and writing manuscripts for submission to academic journals.

Responsibilities may include, for example: 

  • Perform systematic literature reviews and synthesize relevant data
  • Participate in model development, refinement, and debugging
  • Generate data queries and participate in data cleaning efforts
  • Analyze quantitative data as part of cohort studies, clinical trials, and implementation studies
  • Code qualitative data from in-depth interviews and focus groups
  • Assist in writing abstracts and designing posters for submission to research conferences
  • Present study results to project teams and external stakeholders
  • Partner with international collaborators and study staff on oversight of studies, standard operating procedure development and review, and data quality assurance
  • Assist with preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and related documents regarding the protection of human subjects
  • Help prepare grant applications
  • Provide administrative support as needed, including organizing meetings and preparing slides for lectures and seminars

Qualifications

Job qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience and skills in analytical thinking and/or quantitative methods
  • Skill in organization, time management, and both verbal and written communication


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

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Research Specialist

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The Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) has an opportunity for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our research team investigating the clinical and economic value of alternative strategies for prevention and treatment of infections associated with crossing international borders, HIV, and COVID-19. The position is with nationally-recognized, multidisciplinary teams from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The group studies the clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of various prevention and treatment options for global infectious diseases and COVID-19, as well as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases, in collaboration with researchers in the US, as well as in a range of international settings, including Botswana, Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, France, India, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.

The candidate should be highly motivated, with experience in quantitative methods and public health research. 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 and expansion of simulation models for COVID-19 and other travel-related diseases and the Cost-effectiveness of Preventing AID Complications (CEPAC) microsimulation model. The primary responsibilities of this individual will be to help design and conduct model-based cost-effectiveness analyses, lead in abstract presentation and manuscript preparation, assist with model refinement and expansion, and contribute to 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

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

  • Design and develop simulation models for travel-related diseases, including COVID-19
  • Conduct clinical and cost-effectiveness analyses on different aspects of HIV disease management using a computer simulation model of HIV disease (the CEPAC model)
  • Coordinate and help design analyses with project teams, including US and international collaborators across multiple sites
  • Develop new components of the CEPAC model, as needed for specific research projects and policy analyses
  • Perform literature reviews and synthesize relevant data for these projects with biostatistics staff; work with these staff to convert published data into appropriate model input parameters
  • Assist with documentation of the model
  • Work to refine disease models and research processes alongside other research staff (project manager, investigators, software engineer, and research assistants)
  • Document research process thoroughly and consistently
  • Troubleshoot model inconsistencies (bugs)
  • Lead abstract and manuscript preparation, as well as presentation of study results for multiple projects at a time
  • Present research at working group meetings
  • Attend and present research at national and international scientific meetings
  • Provide guidance to research assistants, particularly regarding methodological issues
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications and related documents
  • Assist in the training of new employees/research assistants, including maintenance of training materials

Qualifications

Job qualifications include the following:

  • Master’s degree (i.e., MS or MPH with a focus on Decision Science, Operations Research, Applied Computation, Applied Mathematics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Health Policy, Global Health, or related area)
  • Minimum of 3 years of research experience (inclusive of graduate studies)


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

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Clinical Research Program/Project Manager

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The Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) and the Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Unit (ID CRU) at Massachusetts General Hospital are partnering to contribute to the body of knowledge understanding long COVID and its lingering physical, mental, and neurological symptoms through participation in the nation-wide NIH-funded RECOVER study.

MPEC is seeking a personable, highly organized, and enthusiastic Project Manager interested in playing a central role in leading this ground-breaking study. The Project Manager will work side-by-side with Dr. Ingrid Bassett, the MGH Principal Investigator of the study and co-director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC), as well as her team, and will be responsible for providing logistical, administrative, and managerial direction for the project. Further, the Project Manager will serve as the linchpin of the team, playing a pivotal role in the professional development and growth of the individuals reporting to them. Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and a sense of humor are musts.

Principal duties and responsibilities

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

Logistical and Administrative Study Management Responsibilities

  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and maintain research files and case report forms (CRFs) for documentation of study participant visits
  • Ensure research integrity and compliance by developing best practices, provide ongoing training, and monitoring for adherence to applicable regulations
  • Serve as a liaison between the financial management team and the research team
  • Provide expertise and problem-solving in research-related participant care
  • Coordinate administrative aspects of the project employing tools such as Asana and VeevaVault to identify and monitor project goals, deliverables, and tasks
  • Run weekly staff meetings and other meetings needed to promote forums for communication of information and opportunities for team discussion and problem-solving

Managerial/Personnel Responsibilities

  • Facilitate MGH’s RECOVER staff recruitment effort by interfacing with HR, conducting interviews, and participating in hiring decisions
  • Proactively take steps to help others move forward, whether it is planning project-specific meetings, getting people to make decisions, enlisting additional resources, etc.
  • Coach and develop Clinical Research Coordinators (supervisory responsibilities may also be assigned, depending on experience)
  • Promote collaboration and a work environment conducive to teamwork and employee engagement

Qualifications

Job qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years working in healthcare or a clinical research setting; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience in a progressively responsible position with experience in managing all aspects of clinical research study implementation required
  • Sound knowledge of principles of SOPs, GCP, FDA, IRB, clinical research methodology, regulations, and compliance required


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 infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and COVID-19, as well as on the health impacts of e-cigarettes and smoking. 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

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

  • Maintaining and developing simulation models for adult/pediatric HIV, tuberculosis, COVID-19, ANCA-associated vasculitis, e-cigarette use, and/or 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 related field
  • Demonstrated experience with Python or similar scripting language
  • Familiarity with C++ development
  • Comfortable with Windows and Linux development environments
  • Quick to learn new technologies and scientific concepts


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


Clinical Research Coordinator II

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The Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) is seeking a Clinical Research Coordinator II 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. The position is with a dynamic, results-oriented, and diverse group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and multiple international institutions.

The Clinical Research Coordinator II’s role will work with faculty and project managers with the Epidemiology and Implementation Program at MPEC. The Epidemiology and Implementation Program works to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve engagement in medical carein the United States and international settings. Projects include:

  • Evaluating the impact of a policy change to allow patients with HIV to pick up medications at community venues in South Africa on clinical and quality of life outcomes
  • Determining the effects of HIV on aging and cardiovascular disease in Uganda through longitudinal cohort studies
  • Conducting a multicenter implementation science clinical trial to estimate the impact of community health worker-supported hypertension care in South Africa
  • Investigating the role of maternal HIV infection and co-infection with early childhood infections
  • Studying service delivery mechanisms for STI screening and prevention at the MGH Sexual Health Clinic in partnership with community organizations in the Boston area

The position offers a stimulating, collaborative, and multidisciplinary environment and the opportunity to contribute to NIH-funded research. The primary responsibilities of this individual will be to work closely with other members of the study teams to implement and manage new and ongoing studies in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. This may include assisting in the design and implementation of data collection, monitoring incoming data, contributing to data analysis and manuscript preparation, and providing study coordination alongside international partners. This position will require travel to study sites in South Africa and Uganda.

Principal duties and responsibilities

The Clinical Research Coordinator II may participate in all phases of research and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee day-to-day study operations while prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Participate in study protocol development and implementation
  • Utilize REDCap for data monitoring and quality control
  • Generate data queries and participate in data cleaning efforts
  • Serve as a liaison between the United States and foreign study team members
  • Compile datasets for data quality checks, reporting, and analytic purposes
  • Serve as a liaison between the United States and sub-Saharan African study team members, including with the South African- and Ugandan-based Project Coordinators
  • Assist in abstract, poster, and manuscript preparation
  • Collaborate with Compliance Specialist to prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and related documents regarding human subjects compliance in both the United States and international settings
  • Monitor study activities for compliance with all applicable regulations and facilitate regulatory training for study personnel as needed
  • Help prepare grant progress reports, applications, and related documents
  • Assist in preparation of slides for lectures and seminars
  • Organize group meetings with domestic and international collaborators including setting up conference calls and taking minutes
  • Provide general administrative support to the group

This role will involve travel to sub-Saharan Africa for a minimum of 2-3 months annually, with the potential for more frequent travel as determined by project Principal Investigators.

Qualifications

The position requires a bachelor’s degree, with an academic record demonstrating experience and skills in analytical thinking and/or quantitative methods. Additionally, prior experience living and working in an international setting (study abroad, internship, co-op, etc.) for 2 months or longer is required.

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

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