Harvard Medical School Research Assistant Position

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Call for Applications: Research Assistant in Genomics, Health, and Religion (Harvard Medical School)

Seeking a highly motivated candidate with a Bachelor’s degree who is looking for a two-year position. Successful applicants must have excellent oral and written communication, organizational, interpersonal, and Microsoft Office skills. Candidates should have the ability to multi-task, focus on details, work under tight timelines, prioritize/manage multiple priorities, and interact with senior faculty from diverse disciplines. Familiarity with genomics, epigenomics, or epidemiological research a plus. Opportunities to participate in research design, proposal writing, preparation of manuscripts, data collection, and analysis as appropriate. 

This position will specifically support a research project focused on building capacity within longitudinal cohort studies to assess factors particularly important for understanding racial and socioeconomic disparities in health; conducting analyses on telomere length and DNA methylation data in relation to various psychosocial exposures/mitigating influences; participating in a national effort to analyze and prioritize measures of spirituality/religion useful for understanding disease risk; conducting a survey on the role of spirituality/religion in health and healthcare decision-making within diverse cohort studies; and investigating the role of social, environmental, and genetic factors in the etiology of complex chronic illness and health disparities.  This position will also support other projects with which the Center is involved, such as pilot work with our NGO in Jamaica, and projects focused on increasing access to genomic medicine for patients served by community health centers. 

As listed in more detail, below, the Research Assistant will conduct background research and literature reviews, assist with preparing manuscripts and grant proposals, manage EndNote reference lists and citations, assist Managers with the maintenance of project timelines and schedules, extract measures and data from cohort studies and surveys, prepare PowerPoint presentations, maintain the Center’s website, and assist with data entry. 

As further detailed below, approximately 50% of the Research Assistant’s work each week will be administrative in nature (e.g., maintaining calendars, scheduling meetings, note-taking, arranging travel, processing reimbursements, reconciling corporate card expenditures, ordering office supplies, printing/filing, and preparing name tags and other event materials). 

This is a full-time grant-funded position available immediately.  The role is funded for a minimum of six months with the potential of long-term employment. Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from under-represented minority communities are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, please visit


Bachelor’s degree required. Superior organizational, communication, writing, and editing skills are required. The ability to work with a diverse team, maintain a positive attitude even when assigned less interesting tasks, and working under tight timelines is essential. EEO Statement  

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged. 

To apply go to and search job number 3089195. 


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