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Research Scientist,  Patient Perspectives, Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US (FoCUS) Project
MIT Job Title: Research Scientist 
Reports to: Director, Policy & Simulations Research
Department: Center for Biomedical Innovation
Date: 6/22/18
 
Position Overview:
Drawing on a background in healthcare, economics, finance, or related field, Research Scientist will conduct thorough literature reviews, prepare manuscripts on findings, conduct field research with human subjects, and work with third party professional groups to fulfill the objectives of the FoCUS (Financing and Reimbursement of Curative Therapies in the US) program. Work will be conducted in phases; this position is funded for one year and is extendable pending additional funding, work, and satisfactory performance.
 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The candidate for this position will perform the following essential functions: 
Responsible for delivering Phase I objectives, including:
Undertake a systematic review of published and gray literature
Create a PRISMA Diagram of the results
Create Summary of Findings tables
Present the results to a group of senior pharmaceutical and financial leaders 16-18 October
Develop manuscript with a senior team member to submit for publication by 31 December 
Responsible for delivering Phase 2 objectives, as directed, including:
Prepare and deliver necessary documentation to MIT COUHES Department on research related to the use of Human Subjects and securing approvals
Build patient survey based on findings from phase 1: develop clear objectives and guidelines for the survey, work with patient advocacy groups to create a list of interviewees, distribute and record results
Conduct the field research, analyze and report findings 
Develop manuscript with a senior team member, and present the results to a group of senior pharmaceutical and financial leaders
Work closely with Director of Policy & Simulations Research and project staff to prepare for and deliver project updates in monthly calls and project readouts for semi-annual consortium meetings (mandatory attendance)
Provide regular and timely updates to the NEWDIGS leadership team on Patient Perspectives work  progress
Other duties in line with overall job responsibilities as requested
Supervision Received:
Director, Policy and Simulations Research will supervise Researcher
 
Supervision Exercised:  None
 
Qualifications & Skills:
REQUIRED:
Minimum of Master’s Degree in healthcare, economics, financing theory, strategies and management, or related fields; 3 years’ experience working in a research environment
Proven experience in performing a systematic literature review and knows PRISMA guidelines
Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated publication history and experience presenting at major industry conferences 
Experience with conducting interviews with research subjects, documenting outcomes and preparing analysis
Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary team environment within a fast paced entrepreneurial research environment
Must be team oriented and able to work with a range of stakeholders, outside of field of expertise
Independent, strategic thinker who thrives working in a team
Travel <10%
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with clients and partners 
PREFERRED:
Knowledge of gene therapies and/or oncology; experience working with patient advocacy groups would be beneficial
   
Candidates must submit applications via the MIT human resources website: http://careers.mit.edu/
 
Job Number: 16213
 

 
Communications Assistant, Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US (FoCUS) Project
MIT Job Title: Communications Assistant 
Reports to: Director of Operations, NEWDIGS
Department: Center for Biomedical Innovation
Date: 6/28/2018
 

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANTCenter for Biomedical Innovation (CBI), to oversee publications tracking and provide project support for the FoCUS (Financing and Reimbursement of Curative Therapies in the US) program.  Will streamline the dissemination process for insights gathered from design labs, workshops, and working teams; act as a liaison between writing teams and the communications team; and conduct literature reviews on related topics.  Will also compile prospective publications in development and organize target deadlines in order to submit to journals of interest or publish in a timely manner; assist program manager in prioritizing the order of topics for dissemination, facilitating writing teams, and coordinating other communication tasks (e.g.,drop box management, draft project talking points, meeting slides, infographics, and other documents for distribution); conduct ongoing literature reviews to keep abreast of the coverage of topics of interest and bring pertinent articles to the attention of working groups; proofread and edit publications; oversee documents, processes, invitations, and calendar and create and maintain spreadsheets to organize publications and speaking engagements; and perform other duties as requested. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  three years’ experience working in administrative, communications, or research-related areas; knowledge of current healthcare financing issues related to the advent of durable/potentially curable therapies and their impact; excellent written and oral communication skills; experience editing; experience with MS Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and Outlook; and ability to work independently and in a team-oriented setting with a range of stakeholders, some outside of field of expertise. 

Bachelor’s degree in healthcare, finance, economics, or related field preferred. Working knowledge of health economics, financing theory, strategies and management, gene therapies and/or oncology would be beneficial. 

Candidates must submit applications via the MIT human resources website: http://careers.mit.edu/ 

Job #16215

 

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