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Job Title: Senior Research Associate
Job Number: IRC75093
Organization: Center for Evidence-based Policy
Posted: 10/5/2018
Type: Full-Time
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. Successful candidates will have varied expertise in systematic review methodology, which may include topic identification; selected and comprehensive approaches to literature searches; evidence grading and synthesis activities; and contributing to writing and presentation of evidence synthesis products. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting evidence synthesis on pharmacy- related topics, meta-analysis, and other data analysis. Experience presenting in formats tailored to different audiences is desirable. The Research Associate will work on a variety of projects at the Center. Independently designs and carries out 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 reports and presentations of research, policy, and 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.

Requires little to no support from the Research Manager and Research Directors in tracking the progress of products, anticipating next steps, and gathering required information from internal and external contacts to produce high-quality, timely products.

Follows research timelines, producing timely research deliverables.

Serves as an initial reviewer of selected reports and reviews research methods documents as directed by the Research Directors.?

Communication and Dissemination: 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.

Makes substantial contributions to request for proposal submissions for relevant projects.

Member of Center team: Contributes to the ongoing Center development and various project deliverables via participation in selected project teams and staff meetings. Contributes to development of research and report methodology.

Conducts meta-analysis and statistical analyses for various projects, as needed.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Master's degree relevant to health research plus 5 additional years of related experience OR a PhD in a relevant field

At least 5 years of experience assisting with obtaining and synthesizing health research information and drafting this information into narrative reports and presentations.

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 providing critical appraisal to manuscripts, reports, or other related documents

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 independently 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 and internal and external customers

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

Ability to critically evaluate research products and provide substantive feedback

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 working on pharmacy-related projects

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)

Experience conducting meta-analyses and other data analysis

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

Knowledge of pharmaceuticals

A strong track record of critically appraising manuscripts, reports, or other related documents

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 actively seeks partners who share this commitment to evidence, innovation, tangible results, and the general public good. 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. The Center promotes leadership that inspires innovation, motivates people to perform at their highest levels, and makes the Center a great place to work.

Closing Date: 1/5/2019
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Contact Name: Curtis Harrod,  Senior Research Associate
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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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