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February 6th, 2014

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Research Specialist in Pharmacoepidemiology

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Div Pharmacoepidemiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital







Non Profit / NGO

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Boston,  MA    USA


Position Description:

Functioning under the direction of the principal investigators and other faculty members, the Research Specialist works independently to conduct high level, complex research studies in the areas of pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology/biostatistics, and analytic methods. Contributes to scientific literature, reports, manuscripts (including co-authorship as appropriate), presentations, and grant writing. Work in close-knit, internationally known research unit of 15 faculty and 26 support staff.


Under the direction of principal investigators, assists in the designing, planning, and execution of analyses of therapeutic outcomes and adverse effects of drugs and other medical interventions, as well as simulation studies evaluating epidemiologic methods and validation studies in claims data; applying skills in biostatistics, epidemiologic methods, and health services research. The Research Specialist will also help oversee large prospective quality improvement trials being conducted to improve long-term medication adherence and health outcomes. Contributes to the scientific literature through oral and poster presentations and published manuscripts. Assists with grant proposals and project management, as needed.


• MS or equivalent degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field; emphasis on methods and or pharmaco- epidemiology preferred; healthcare-related doctoral degree a plus • Ideally 2 years of relevant experience • Excellent knowledge of epidemiologic methods; focus on Pharmacoepidemiology desirable • Experience in research using large claims databases • Experience in collaborative projects with clinical medicine is preferred • Background in pharmaceuticals advantageous


The successful candidate will have very good methodologic and analytic skills in epidemiology to help implement these research projects, with knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology an added advantage. The study of large longitudinal claims data and the analysis of correlated discrete data structures requires experience and substantial skills in this research. The candidate must have the abilities to independently design and analyze complex epidemiologic claims data analyses, to perform major database manipulation and statistical analyses in SAS or other statistical package, and to draft study reports for funding agencies. Strong time management/organizational skills as well as written and verbal presentational skills are necessary. An understanding of clinical medicine is an advantage but not required. Familiarity with pharmaceuticals is desirable.

Please send cover letter and resume to, and specify that you are applying for the Specialist position.

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Kelly O’Keefe,  Research Specialist in Pharmacoepidemiology

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Boston   MA

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Please send cover letter and resume to, and specify that you are applying for the Specialist position.