Research Specialist / 40 Hours / Day / BWH - Global Health Equity

Brigham And Women's Hospital Boston , MA 02298

Posted 5 months ago

The Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) fosters the support and coordination of training, research, and service to reduce disparities and improve health in the U.S. and abroad. The Division focuses on infectious diseases (e.g., HIV and tuberculosis), non-infectious diseases (e.g., rheumatic heart disease, heart failure, Type-1 diabetes, addiction) and other health problems that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations around the world and are of major importance to society.

Within DGHE, Dr. Gene Bukhman, focuses on a number of areas including global health delivery and health system strengthening, cardiovascular disease and non-communicable diseases and injury (NCDIs) burden among those living in extreme poverty, with a particular focus on low and lower-middle income countries (LLMICs). His research explores both the political and historical context of NCDI interventions, as well as the development and implementation of integrated strategies to deliver these interventions. The research is conducted in the Division of Global Health Equity along with partners within the NCD Alliance and private foundations. The Associate collaborates with practitioners and researchers based within Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and at Partners In Health (in Boston and at sites in Africa and Haiti) as well as the broader NCDI Poverty Network. This collaborative research partnership focuses on understanding the epidemiology of NCDIs among populations in extreme poverty and the services necessary to address them.

The Research Specialist will work independently and under direction of Dr. Bukhman as principal investigator, performing high level, complex research and analytics,contributing to scientific literature, reports, journals and presentation, advancing the field of NCD research.


  • Independently conduct research and draft manuscripts describing the epidemiology and burden of NCDIs and their risk factors among populations in extreme poverty from a range of data sources and global estimates, including from Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems, large survey series such as the Demographic and Health Surveys, facility-based electronic records or registries, and the Global Burden of Disease Studies.

  • Conduct research describing the availability of services to treat NCDIs in low- and lower-middle-income countries, particularly in relation to disease burden and poverty.

  • Conduct research describing the global landscape of financing for NCDIs in low- and middle-income countries, including Development Assistance for Health and government spending on health.

  • Develop models estimating impact and costs of implementation and scale-up of interventions preventing and managing NCDIs at multiple levels of the health system, including the implications of health system integration. Estimating novel metrics related to equity that are relevant to priority setting processes.

Contribute to manuscripts and publications including the Lancet Commission on Reframing Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries (NCDIs) for the Poorest Billion.

Provide technical support to affiliated national groups/commissions and carrying out analyses and writing for the global Lancet commission

  • Support the Principal Investigator other research and analysis relating to the NCDI Poverty Commission, including technical support for the National NCDI Poverty Commissions.

  • Support the Principal Investigator other technical aspects of the team research agenda, including trainings on the Global Burden of Disease and other data sources, and assistance with statistical programming.

Time breakdown

  • Time on specific research streams project-dependent, but generally breaks down as follows:

  • Burden of disease/epidemiological research (55%)

  • Research on health services, interventions, and impact (30%)

  • Other activities (manuscript development financing research, admin, other) (15%)

  • Master's degree required in a health-related field preferred

  • Experience performing quantitative research activities

  • Experience with grant, research protocol, and manuscript writing

  • Experience with literature reviews and meta-analysis

  • Experience with survey design and implementation


  • Experience in the management of large datasets, data cleaning, utilizing a cluster computing environment, and statistical analyses (including hierarchical and geospatial modeling, demographic techniques such as life table methods, decomposition analyses, and demographic projections, and survey analysis).

  • Experience in using statistical software including R and Stata.

  • Knowledge of epidemiological understanding of NCDIs and familiarity with global burden of disease estimation methods. These skills and knowledge are leveraged to assess the burden of NCDIs and the delivery of NCDI services in populations living in extreme poverty and to evaluate the impact of innovative models of integrated care for severe NCDs that particularly affect the poor at young ages.

  • Excellent communication, verbal, writing, and presentation skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with collaborators, stakeholders, and team members

  • Exceptional organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple tasks, and careful attention to detail

  • Commitment to health equity

  • Experience and interest in vulnerable populations globally

  • Demonstrate professionalism and respect for human research

Working Conditions

  • Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends

  • Intermittent domestic or international travel

  • The nature of our global work may entail teleconferences in the early morning or evening

  • One year term with additional years likely depending on performance

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