The Research Assistant will assist with and help coordinate the daily operations of Dr. Layton's research projects. Dr. Layton is a health economist and his projects relate to the economics of health insurance markets with a specific focus on the economics of the Medicaid program. The most important task of the Research Assistant will be to use statistical software to work with large data sets, including insurance claims datasets. This work will involve the development of data files that can be analyzed (i.e. 'cleaning the data') as well using statistical analysis (under the supervision of the PI) to analyze the data. The RA will also support development of grant applications and preparing presentations. The RA will participate in team meetings and (as needed) take minutes of meetings for distribution to the team. They will assist in literature reviews as needed and in the preparation and revision of manuscripts for publication. They will assist with IRB renewals and applications and will also assist with other projects as needed. The RA will be expected to Work effectively within a culture inclusive of individuals with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations, and appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values This is a one-year term position from date of hire with strong possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding for the position. Harvard University 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 complementary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston. The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position. Not ready to apply? Join our Talent community to keep in touch and learn about future opportunities! https://app.jobvite.com/TalentNetwork/action/campaign/w/NzM2NjU Salary Grade: 054 Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers One or more years related research experience. Higher education may count towards experience. A background in statistical programming (competency in both STATA and AS, but especially STATA is preferred) and a basic understanding of economics/econometrics is strongly encouraged. The RA will also be expected to have strong writing skills to allow for drafting of manuscripts based on the analyses. BA or BS preferably in the field of specific research study, with a preference for coursework in a social science field (economics, statistics, or sociology with a quantitative focus). Applicant should have proficiency in using statistical software packages such as STATA. Should demonstrate interest, experience, or background in the areas of public economics/public finance or health insurance and/or health services organization, financing, and delivery. Must be proficient with most computer software including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Must have working knowledge of statistical software such as STATA and/or SAS. Competency with LaTeX preferred. Must learn other software as needed. Independent judgment, patience and excellent communication skills are required to respond efficiently to varied/complex tasks. Organization and attention to detail a must. Flexibility and an ability to work with a team are essential. Must be able to maintain a calm and cooperative attitude during periods of increased staff activity. 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.