Job Posting for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Center for Surgery and Public Health: Research Scientist/Senior Project Manager

Title: Research Scientist/Senior Project Manager

Organization: Center for Surgery abd Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Reports To: Reports to the Kessler Director, Dr. Zara Cooper and the CSPH Administrative Director

Summary of Position

The Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) seeks a Sr. Project Manager for Geriatrics and Serious Illness in Surgery. The Sr. Project Manager will assist the Principal Investigator and team in establishing and managing several funded research projects focused on leading health policy topics.  Research topics include pilot projects in quality indicators development and testing, patient reported outcomes, comparative effectiveness research, health care policy, and access to care, among others. In particular, the Sr. Project Manager will lead projects to determine robust metrics for serious illness care in surgery, integrating geriatric and palliative process of care into routine surgical care to improve physician psychosocial outcomes for patients and their families.

The Sr. Project Manager will support CSPH investigators through all phases of the research proposal process, partnering with investigators from the time of project inception through research protocol and proposal development and submission, as well as the dissemination and reporting of findings. The role will provide overall strategic, day-to-day management to ensure critical deliverables adhere to project timelines, as well as involvement in research design and implementation.  Key responsibilities include activities in the following areas: organization of study start-up (writing, literature searches, electronic data collection tools, broad study organization), oversight of the development of study protocols and data management, coordination of all meetings and preparation of documents and reports to the Institutional Review Board; dissemination of findings including manuscript and presentation development.

In consultation with CSPH investigators, the Sr. Project Manager will assist in writing, reviewing, and revising proposals to federal, foundation, and other sources of funding. The Sr. Project Manager will work closely with program staff to submit funding proposals within strict grant guidelines and deadlines. He/she will research and draft persuasive, succinct research documents using statistics and correlate funding opportunities with Center needs. He/she will work with Principal Investigators to conceptualize and create diagrams, figures, and tables for proposals, manuscripts, abstracts, and other research deliverables. The Sr. Project Manager will research and assess funding opportunities and summarize requests for applications/proposals.

Responsibilities will also include drafting letters of intent, letters of inquiry to foundations and other potential funding sources in support of the CSPH’s funding plan. The Sr. Project Manager will be a resource for manuscript development and provide content for other research deliverables such as progress reports.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the coordination and implementation of all current and future research design processes and study protocols at one or multiple sites
  2. Assist in the development of project plans, timelines, and deliverables
  3. Track and manage all project related issues
  4. Support the coordination, management, and analysis of data
  5. Assist in development of analysis plans and research protocols and data use agreements in collaboration with study investigators, programmers, and statisticians
  6. Assist/participate in data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results
  7. Support manuscript development
  8. Manage and coordinate IRB guidelines and confidentiality requirements for assigned research projects
  9. Support in the development and preparation of grant proposals and templates
  10. Identify, define, and develop funding sources
  11. Manage and advance multiple projects simultaneously
  12. Apply consistent approach and delivery consistent quality across engagements
  13. Executes procedural, managerial, and policy decisions made for all studies
  14. Includes maintenance of regulatory protocols and IRB requirements
  15. Identifies study modifications as needed and works to implement solutions
  16. Participates in scientific writing which includes: grant writing, proposals, and manuscripts
  17. Participates in introductory statistical analysis with oversight from statistician
  18. Serves as the primary contact for outside vendors and stakeholders to ensure efficient operation of study activities
  19. Responsible for the oversight of all study supplies, equipment, and files
  20. Has direct management responsibility and training for all study personnel
  21. Directly responds to inquiries regarding study protocol and policy
  22. Responsible for data collection, validation, and maintenance, including database development
  23. Manage logistical and administrative aspects of the project; compliance to budgetary and reporting requirements; compliance with Institutional Review Board submissions and revisions
  24. Performs administrative tasks, such as creating meeting agendas, scheduling meetings with colleagues and stakeholders
  25. Conducts literature searches to inform research and grants
  26. Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for supervising and training study staff (ie. Research Assistants) and working with Research Fellows and Statisticians to ensure project delivery deadlines. Must be able to orient and train new staff members.


Advanced degree (MPH, MHS, PhD, or ScD) in health care related field or equivalent full-time experience (3-5 years) performing health services research, planning, or evaluation in a responsible position.  Working knowledge of social research, and literature reviews.

The candidate must demonstrate strong analytical and advanced writing and comprehension skills. He/she must have excellent organization and time management skills and ability to work independently. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in grant writing and reporting writing, with success in securing funding targets. He/she must demonstrate excellent communication, and interpersonal skills, ability to interact effectively with all levels of a research and clinical professionals.  Candidate must be able to lead projects through to completion.

  1. Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study staff and participants
  2. Ability to navigate and solve problems independently and creatively
  3. Excellent organization skills to ensure timelines are achieved
  4. Good verbal and written communication skills that display professionalism
  5. Experience with IRBs at academic institutions or other regulatory work
  6. Experience working with study participants or patients is preferred
  7. Experience writing progress reports and grants strongly preferred
  8. Must possess aptitude for budget management

To Apply

All cover letters/resumes should be sent to Melissa Poleo. Interested candidates can contact her directly via email or by dialing 617-525-9846.

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