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Postdoctoral Fellow, Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Care Program



Title Postdoctoral Fellow, Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Care Program
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area Ariadne Labs
Position Description

About Ariadne Labs

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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

We seek an early career PhD-level researcher with interest in health systems research and skills in research design, statistics, implementation science, and/or statistical programming. The researcher would join our serious illness care team, bringing his or her methodological expertise to bear on our existing data and research endeavors while beginning to carve out an independent area of research within the spectrum of our serious illness work.

We are looking for an independent thinker who works well in teams, collaborates well with people from other disciplines, and brings curiosity and high standards to the scientific enterprise. Although the fellow will frequently work independently, s/he will be supported by Ariadne’s scientific leadership as well as the Science & Technology Platform, a cohesive team of statistical analytic staff, data architects, research assistants, and program managers.

We welcome applicants with backgrounds in public health, epidemiology, sociology, quantitative psychology, health policy, health services research, statistics, or related fields and a demonstrated interest in palliative and end of life care.

Serious Illness Care Program

The Serious Illness Care Program (SICP) was created by a team of palliative care experts at Ariadne Labs to encourage compassionate and clear conversations between patients and their physicians regarding what matters most at the end of life. The goal is for every seriously ill patient to have conversations with their clinicians about their own priorities to inform their future care.

Within SICP, existing analytic tasks for the fellow will include statistical analysis and write-up of existing datasets from various experimental and non-experimental studies. Also, the SICP is being implemented in several collaborating health systems, requiring appropriate study designs and analytic plans to prospectively test the implementation strategies.

Here are some but not all of our current research aims. The fellow’s independent research would likely fall into one of these areas but we are open to new ideas!

Evaluating the impact (or lack of impact) of our serious illness care program intervention and testing new ways to try to increase impact (effectiveness/efficacy)

Discovering and evaluating what works and what doesn’t as we attempt to move to increasing scale (implementation science).

Developing, testing, and disseminating a patient-facing version of the guide.

Developing innovative approaches to identify seriously ill patient populations.

Culturally adapting the guide to new patient populations.

Principal duties and responsibilities include:

Working closely with clinical colleagues, support research projects with methodological and statistical expertise

Construct scientifically rigorous and ethical study designs that meet clinical needs, feasibility requirements, financial constraints, and publication standards

Write and review grant applications, study protocols, manuscripts, and IRB submissions

Develop and carry out analytic plans for existing and new datasets, including diagnostic, descriptive, and inferential analyses as needed

Communicate scientific results in various venues

Collaborate with scientific colleagues on the Science & Technology platform

Mentor research assistants and project coordinators

Contribute to the overall scientific integrity of Ariadne Labs

To apply: Please send a CV, cover letter, and writing sample to:

Kit Nichols
Director of Talent Development

Basic Qualifications

Required qualifications and skills:

PhD (or comparable terminal degree) in public health, epidemiology, sociology, health policy, statistics, or related field

0 – 3 years relevant postdoctoral experience

Statistical programming skills (SAS preferred. Stata, SPSS, R, or similar package acceptable)

Familiarity or experience with health systems research, implementation science, adaptive trial design, or related methods

Familiarity or experience with data management and HIPAA regulations

Excellent communication, writing, and data presentation skills in English

Intellectual flexibility, curiosity, and willingness to learn

High level of personal interest in the field of palliative and end-of-life care

Preferred qualifications and skills:

Experience in the field of palliative care

Familiarity with systems science or complex systems

Skill in literature reviews and content synthesis

Clinical degree, clinical background, or experience working with clinicians

Experience working in a matrix environment

Experience with IRB relations or human subject protections

Data visualization skills

Additional Qualifications
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To apply: Please send a CV, cover letter, and writing sample to:

Kit Nichols
Director of Talent Development

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample 1
Optional Documents