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Harvard University Senior Qualitative Specialist, Science & Technology Platform in Cambridge, Massachusetts

57698BRAuto req ID:57698BRJob Code:RS0058 Senior Researcher I Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Senior Qualitative Specialist, Science & Technology PlatformSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree required

  • 7+ years of related experience required

  • Experience with qualitative software packages required

Additional Qualifications and Skills: The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • DrPH or PhD in relevant field is a plus

  • Experience in leading qualitative methods including study design, implementation, analysis, and manuscript development strongly

  • Experience and interest in mentoring junior team members

  • Experience working in a multi-functional, matrixed environment

  • Experience in guiding the development of conceptual frameworks for new projects

  • Experience in implementation science and/or monitoring and evaluation

  • In-depth knowledge of qualitative software packages, such as NVivo, Dedoose, Atlas.ti,

  • Experience developing interview guides and structured surveys

  • Experience conducting semi-structured interviews and focus groups       

  • An understanding of mixed-methods approaches, specifically in public health

  • Excellent collaboration skills and experience working with multidisciplinary teams

    The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments

  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Additional Information: Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities 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!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.

    The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements (https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage (http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) .

    Department:Ariadne LabsPre-Employment Screening:Identity Job Function:Research Position Description: Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:    

  • Design qualitative solutions for small, innovative projects as well as for large-scale, mixed methods projects seeking to develop scalable solutions to complex health system problems.

  • Serve as the lead researcher, with content input from project teams, to drive projects through all stages from study design to analysis. Lead all aspects of qualitative research including study design and tool development including semi-structured interview and focus group guides and analytic plans.

  • Develop innovative, qualitative research approaches, activities and methodologies that will result in high quality, impactful study results – in collaboration with the Science and Technology and Innovation teams.

  • Act as the lead moderator/interviewer in the gathering of insights through qualitative research methods, primarily through focus group moderation and/or in-depth interviews.

  • Analyze research findings and interpret the results to create insightful reports and presentations, and to make recommendations on future direction of research.

  • Lead the writing of methods and results sections for manuscripts, abstracts, program reports, and new grant proposals.

  • Liaise with project teams to determine appropriate staffing resources for qualitative studies.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 1 year from date of hire with the possibility of extension.


PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.

School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement: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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary: Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Our goal is to drive scalable solutions for better care at critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. Better care means better health outcomes, lower costs, and more actual caring. Critical means solving health systems failures that have major impact, typically touching people by the millions. Ariadne Labs currently has research programs in the areas of childbirth, surgery, and palliative care.

The Senior Qualitative Specialist will be a key member of the Science and Technology team at Ariadne Labs. The Senior Qualitative Specialist will be based in Boston and work to accelerate Ariadne Labs’ work to improve healthcare outcomes using innovative effective solutions. The person hired into this position would report to the Director of Science and Technology and work closely with staff and faculty across the Lab.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination .

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/mission/) and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/diversity/) initiatives.

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