Research Associate Hospital and Department: Massachusetts General Hospital / Division of General Academic Pediatrics
Minimum degree: Ph.D. in health science Minimum years of experience required in the field: Post Doctoral in Epidemiology or related field
Summary: The Translational Epidemiologist will collaborate with clinical and research faculty on projects in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Research studies in our lab focus on a range of methodologies and content areas including epidemiologic investigations into the early life origins of obesity, pediatric obesity prevention and management, examining racial/ethnic disparities, perinatal and community health services research, and direction and implementation of clinical-community trials.
Current studies include: - Connect for Health seeks to implement, evaluate, and disseminate a clinical-community intervention to manage overweight and obesity among children ages 2-12 years, across four health systems in the US. - The First 1,000 Days Program is a mother-father-infant obesity prevention program beginning in pregnancy and following families through the child’s second year of life. - Rise & SHINE is a longitudinal cohort study examining infant sleep and growth in the first two years of life. -
The Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) project seeks to implement and disseminate a proven-effective Healthy Weight Clinic intervention at federally-qualified community health centers across the country. Functioning independently, the Translational Epidemiologist will work with Division faculty and staff on the design, conduct, statistical analysis, and writing of clinical, translational, outcomes and implementation research studies focused on pediatric obesity and other pediatric topics. S/he will work concurrently on multiple projects in the Division with strong project management and communication skills.
The Translational Epidemiologist will be integrally involved in all stages of the design and conduct of multiple studies, providing input on issues that could affect data quality and the validity, generalizability, or interpretation of statistical analyses. S/he will plan, organize, and conduct research, including writing grants and papers under the direction of the Division Chief and others independently.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with investigators on the design, conduct, statistical analysis and interpretation of clinical, translational, outcomes, and implementation research studies, including writing papers, writing grants, and assisting in the direction of ongoing research studies.
• Use statistical software packages to perform data analysis including regression analyses, growth trajectory analyses, and power calculations.
• Contribute to the development and writing of grant proposals, including assessment of protocol feasibility, consistency between study aims and analysis plans, and power calculations.
• Develop analysis plans and write manuscripts. As appropriate will be first author or a co-author on manuscripts
• Perform data clean-up and merging various databases for statistical analysis.
• Act as resource for investigators and other personnel performing their own data analyses, assisting with overall planning and/or troubleshooting of analyses.
• Provide mentoring to varying levels of staff (i.e., faculty, fellows, residents, analysts, project managers) on good research practices, optimal data flows, use of appropriate statistical methods, and interpretation / limitations of analyses.
• Strong skills in research methods including study design, statistical analysis, and implementation models.
• Working knowledge and experience applying standard statistical software using SAS and/or STATA and R.
• Facility with large databases and database management.
• Ability to work with clinicians to translate clinical questions into outcomes or implementation research projects.
• Experience in the independent writing and publication of clinical, epidemiological, and implementation research.
• Human relations and interpersonal skills of a level to interact and communicate with hospital clinical personnel, including the ability to explain technical details to non-programmers.
• Strong organizational skills. • Strong analytical skills with a high degree of initiative.
• Creative and highly motivated with strong organizational and management skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to multi-task in a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment and to handle a variety of tasks amid shifting priorities. Licenses or special skills necessary to perform the job:
• Ability to work as a member of a team
• Able to multi-task to support several projects Perform activities independently
• Fluent in English (both spoken and written)
Please submit CV and cover letter to Meghan Perkins, MPH. firstname.lastname@example.org.