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Job Title: Research Associate
Job Number: IRC74333
Organization: Center for Evidence-based Policy
Posted: 10/3/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Portland,  OR    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with Qualifications
Position Description: This position's primary function is to produce relevant, timely, and actionable evidence synthesis products most often in the area of health services and technologies, with particular applicability to state Medicaid programs. The Research Associate will work on a variety of projects at the Center. Responsibilities include:

Independently designs evidence synthesis methods and conducts searches according to established criteria

Obtains, synthesizes, and maintains (in a range of formats) information from a variety of sources, including research publications, multiple databases, web sources, and policy sources

Independently prepares initial drafts of research, policy, or other types of reports according to established formats and standards, ensuring accuracy and clarity, and using narrative text, tables, and appropriate illustrations

Creates and manages references in a reference software program

Independently tracks report progress, anticipating next steps, and gathering required information from internal and external contacts to produce high-quality, timely reports

Develops and maintains effective relationships with Center clients, internal and external evidence resources, and a wide variety of state and federal governmental organizations and community groups

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Master's degree relevant to health research plus 3 years experience assisting with obtaining or synthesizing health research information and drafting this information into narrative reports and presentations OR a PhD in a relevant field

Experience in synthesizing evidence for use in decision making

Experience in evaluating systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Experience with GRADE ratings and risk of bias assessment

Experience working with a citation management software application

Some health policy (local, state, or federal government or equivalent) experience

Experience working on multiple research projects simultaneously with excellent organizational skills

Ability to create and implement a search strategy to identify relevant health research Proficiency in MS Office applications (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Excellent interpersonal communication skills Excellent writing, grammatical, and proofreading skills

Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with issues of a sensitive nature and to maintain confidentiality at all times

Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities

Ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders, both internal and external customers

Ability to be self-motivated, prioritize effectively, and achieve deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

MPH or PhD with a concentration in epidemiology or biostatistics

Significant experience tailoring evidence synthesis products to decision makers

Experience producing rapid or systematic reviews

Experience researching the effectiveness and harms of pharmaceuticals

Experience evaluating and synthesizing cost- effectiveness literature

Record of peer-reviewed publication

Experience working with specific reference and systematic review applications (EndNote and DistillerSR) and statistical software programs (SAS, SPSS)

Knowledge of effective and efficient approaches to searches using Cochrane Library, PubMed, MEDLINE, and skills with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Organization Description: The Center for Evidence-based Policy’s ( mission is to address policy challenges with evidence and collaboration, and it excels in partnerships that develop policy solutions and improve health. The Center primarily works with state governments focused on broad health policy and decision-making with particular emphasis on Medicaid. The Center delivers products that are responsive, independent, high-quality, and effective in meeting the needs of decision makers. The Center is diverse in people and ideas and actively recruits and retains the highest quality personnel who are committed and passionate about achieving its mission.

Closing Date: 1/3/2019
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Contact Name: Curtis Harrod,  Associate Research Director
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How to Apply: Apply online at Oregon Health and Science University Careers webpage resources/careers/index.cfm

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