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Research Scientist
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 12/15/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Title Research Scientist
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Position Description
The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness (Department for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) seeks applications for a Research Scientist to conduct relevant research and work with Center Co-directors and team on the Center’s scientific and programmatic initiatives. Applicants should have primary interest in the science of positive health and well-being. They should be conducting research that seeks to understand well-being in the broadest sense, with a focus on health assets and resources, on the relationship between mental and physical health, and on health equity. Other areas of interest for the Center include the measurement of well-being and the translation of scientific findings to influence public health practice and policy.
The Research Scientist will conduct their own primary research and support research-related activities of the Center, including study design, lab and field based data collection (either in person, or through digital data collection), large-scale secondary data analyses, manuscript preparation and publication, grant writing, and oral presentations. We are particularly interested in scholars engaged in applied research. The Research Scientist will also represent the Center at relevant professional scientific meetings and will be responsible for providing scientific leadership for the Center on various programmatic activities, including curriculum development, the conceptualization and implementation of workshops and symposia, and exploring partnership opportunities with new stakeholders or funders. They will work with Center Co-Directors in mentoring students and fellows involved in Center activities, as well as in engaging with relevant partners and potential donors within the community and at the national and international level.
The Research Scientist will work closely with and report to Dr. Laura Kubzansky, Center co-director. They will receive annual evaluations of progress and will be supported in their career development. This is a three-year, potentially renewable appointment for an independent research scientist.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Research-related (50%)
- Contribute to the research activities of the Center through original research, congruent with the Center’s research agenda, and own projects that are relevant. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in analyzing data, writing, publishing (e.g., in peer-reviewed journals), and disseminating science (e.g., scientific conferences). 
- Supervise research staff and provide mentorship to student interns at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as postdoctoral trainees.
Programmatic support (50%)
- Provide scientific support for the Center. This can include activities like grant writing, developing measurement tools, providing oversight of the Center’s seminar series, and curating relevant articles and research promoted by the Center.
- Other programmatic support could include:
   o   Participate in the organization of workshops sponsored by the Center, and of international conferences/symposium relevant to the Center’s activities.
   o   Engage with new community partners or other investigators interested in learning about research at the Center or partnering with the Center.
   o   Contribute to course development at Harvard Chan and/or in ExecEd, HarvardX, or short courses.
   o   Oversee the development and updating of repositories of measures of well-being.
- Participate in evaluation of grant proposals or student funding that the Center awards.
- Give guest lectures on topics linked to the Center activities and join relevant panels, at the academic and public levels. Respond to media queries as needed.
- Contribute to grant writing for Center-related activities.
Basic Qualifications
The candidate should possess the following:
·         Doctoral-level degree in psychology, public health, social sciences or related discipline
·         Minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience
·         A strong publication record, with major contributions beyond thesis papers
Additional Qualifications
·         Demonstrated ability to build a program of research
·         Ability to lead research teams and manage research projects, including supervising research staff, coordinating with administrators regarding budget and staffing, and ensuring research activities meet ethical guidelines
·         Strong planning, organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills
·         Ability to define and drive projects to completion while effectively collaborating with others 
Special Instructions
Application deadline: January 15, 2022
Research scientists are full-time paid employees of the university and are benefits-eligible. As a term appointee, research scientists are appointed for a specific period of time with the understanding that vacation time will be taken during the term of the appointment. Research scientists will not be compensated for any unused vacation time, personal days, or sick days remaining at the time their appointment ends. More detailed information regarding benefits may be found here: 
Budget permitting, the Center will offer support for the research scientist to hire a research assistant and for professional development/conference attendance/publication fees in an amount up to $5,000 per year.
Contact Information
Jaime Mchunu, Assistant Director of Strategy and Operations, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness
Contact Email Jmchunu@hsph.harvard.edu
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3

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