The Department of Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH), studies the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. In addition to pursuing ground-breaking global research initiatives, we educate and prepare future medical leaders and practitioners as part of our mission to ignite positive changes in the quality of health across the world.
The Department at SPH and the Stanley Center at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard seek a Senior Research Project Coordinator for their Neuropsychiatric Genetics in African Populations (NeuroGAP)-Psychosis Program. An independent, organized, and detailed-orientated team-player is sought for this position in Dr. Karestan Koenen's research group. This position is ideal for a candidate interested in a research career in population mental health.
NeuroGAP-Psychosis aims to collect saliva and phenotypic data from 35,000 individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (cases) and controls by the end of 2022. Samples will ultimately be sequenced for a GWAS analysis.
The incumbent will report directly to the Assistant Director, Research Operations for a study investigating the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia and bipolar in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. They will assist in the overall operational management of the study, ensure research teams are meeting the study milestones and timelines, and assist with quality control across the different sites. In collaboration with the site PIs and Harvard team, the Senior Research Project Coordinator will perform other related duties as assigned.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Manages two or more NeuroGAP-Psychosis recruitment sites, including site monitoring, site visits, site evaluation, fidelity to the study protocol, training African site teams, and capacity building.
Manages the study sites' research activities for NeuroGAP-Psychosis, including in-country IRB tracking and submissions, procurement, and regulatory/compliance (such as auditing consent forms).
Monitors data collection for quality, standardization, and assurance; cleans and organizes data, performs analytical reviews; programs study questionnaires in REDCap (research electronic data capture) or similar software; produces data reports.
Serves as a liaison and the main contact between the study sites and the Harvard Research team.
Under guidance from Assistant Director for Research Operations (ADRO), manages the development and maintenance of partnerships with international collaborators and research teams; serves as a liaison and the main contact between these groups and Harvard Research team, including site visits in East and South Africa, monitoring, training, and data reviewTravel to sites in Africa, which could include sites in Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya, to support implementation of the project and lead study teams there.
Assist the ADRO with strategic planning and forecasting of research operations.
Organize and coordinate weekly/monthly team meetings, both international and domestic, as well as prepare presentation of materials for meetings with NeuroGAP-Psychosis teams and the ethics collaborators. May participate in research presentations to key audiences at meetings, trainings, and briefings.
Work in collaboration with the sponsored research team to compile data and resources needed for grant applications and maintenance. Draft, proofread, and submit technical reports and grant-related material or manuscripts.
Other related duties as assigned.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2022, with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: 30% of this position requires travel to study sites in Africa, once allowable by Harvard Travel. Travel may include site visits to Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Africa.
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.
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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: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
5+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Bachelor's Degree strongly preferred
Master's Degree, such as MPH or MS a strong plus
Experience working internationally in low and middle-income countries, such as Africa or Latin America, preferred
Experience and/or interest working in mental health field is encouraged and preferred
Experience with sponsored, human subjects, and/or grant-funded research preferred
Ability to speak Xhosa, Luganda, Kiswahili, and/or Amharic is a strong plus
Experience with REDCap, managing and cleaning data are a strong plus
Organized and detail-oriented preferred
Interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills preferred
Maintains the highest degree of confidentiality and diplomacy at all times with diverse staff across institutions and countries preferred
Works well both independently with minimal supervision and within a team environment 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: 52893BR
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