Open positions at NEWDIGS:

LEAPS Data Analyst (Technical Associate I)

LEAPS Project Coordinator

FoCUS Drug Development Pipeline Researcher

LEAPS DATA ANALYST (TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I), Learning Ecosystems Accelerator for Patient-centered, Sustainable Innovation (LEAPS), to participate in the design and execution of a research protocol to extract a cohort of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and subgroups as appropriate; tabulate, summarize and analyse the Massachusetts All-Payers Claims Database (APCD) RA extract to support ongoing research efforts of the LEAPS modelling and simulation team; work with other LEAPS project research personnel to develop appropriate analytical cohorts based on claims continuity and disease stage (e.g. initiation on methotrexate or ongoing therapy); analyse clinical and demographic characteristics of RA patients and distribution of treatment utilization overall, by major payer entity, provider type and over time; determine patterns of utilization by therapy, including duration of therapy, changes in dosage, and treatment holidays; examine prescribing patterns across provider types, geographic distribution and compare with treatment guidelines; perform other duties assigned.

MIT NEW Drug Development ParadIGmS (NEWDIGS) is an international “think and do tank” dedicated to delivering more value faster to patients in ways that work for all stakeholders. The Learning Ecosystems Accelerator for Patient-centered, Sustainable Innovation (LEAPS) Project is advancing the mission of the MIT NEWDIGS consortium through a new collaborative systems approach to the planning, generation, and use of evidence across R&D and healthcare delivery.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Informatics or similar discipline (Master’s Degree in Health Care Analytics, Informatics, or similar discipline preferred); at least 2 years’ experience working with large healthcare data sets; Experience in programming (e.g. SAS, Python, R, SQL, Postgres) and working with big data; Experience in standardizing complex datasets; Data cleaning and transformation; Familiarity with basic statistical modelling; Good documentation skills; Attention to detail; Good communications skillsExperience working with healthcare claims data; Experience with cloud-based and server less application environments; Experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis or related diseases; Knowledge of the US Healthcare system preferred. Candidates must submit CV and cover letter via the MIT human resources website (Job# 17886).

The NEWDIGS/LEAPS (Learning Ecosystem Accelerator for Patient-Centered Sustainable Innovation) Project Coordinator will collaborate with and support the LEAPS Leadership Team and be responsible for supporting work streams, program administration, Design Lab preparations, meeting management, and other ancillary duties as directed. Using excellent judgment, the Project Coordinator will independently oversee day-to-day operational aspects of the project and assist in the preparation of and coordination for Design Labs (workshops). Other duties as needed. This position is funded through consortium memberships and will be a two-year role with opportunity for renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: The following essential functions will be performed:

Project Management (80%):

  • Coordinate and implement objectives and priorities of the LEAPS project.
  • Assist the LEAPS Project Director in executing the strategic vision of the LEAPS project.
  • Manage collaborations and sponsor relations, this includes working with key external stakeholders such as US and foreign government officials, academic, patient groups, providers, and staff at domestic and foreign industrial organizations. 
  • Participates in the development and implementation of detailed project plans to monitor and track progress.
  • Develop and manage project timelines. 
  • Plan, organize and prioritize project plans/schedules/deliverables for team work streams, managing competing priorities for multiple teams working on LEAPS.  Track key project metrics.
    • Attend and report on ad hoc Steering Committee and Issue Task Force meetings.
    • Follow up on tasks as assigned and support team members in completion of their tasks.
  • Compile, review, and analyze complex data and findings.  Create reports for management on project success and provide recommendations on next steps, how to resolve issues, etc.
  • Organize and complete special projects as needed and in keeping with job duties for NEWDIGS leadership team.
  • Participate in proposal writing process as needed.
  • Engage in business development meetings including creating slide decks, arranging meetings, and helping with follow-up; will act as liaison to collaborators/funders.

Administrative Operations (20%):

  • Exercise discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Draft and edit correspondence, communications, presentations and other documents.  Prepare required project documentation and reports.
  • Create and update spreadsheets to track activities.
  • With department AA, manage travel or reimbursement for external Design Lab attendees, (i.e. patient advocates, academics from other institutions etc.), ensuring compliance with MIT policy and procedure. Processes travel grant requests.
  • Derive background information using multiple sources (internet, library, etc.) on topics designated by the LEAPS Leadership team.
  • Schedule diverse and complex appointments and meetings. 
  • May assist with the monitoring and coordination of the work of research associates and postdocs.
  • Participate in preparation and execution of NEWDIGS’ conferences, seminars, meetings, luncheon/dinners, and other special events.
  • Participate in the logistic preparation of Design Labs as directed and needed, including:
    • Attending and assisting at event registration desk
    • Developing and managing post event surveys/evaluations
    • Follow up on event activities, ensuring breakout groups follow through on work, reporting and analysis
  • Travel to LEAPS Project meeting sites as needed, <10%.
  • Perform other duties as needed or required at a lower level if necessary.

Qualifications & Skills:


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related project management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship management and client service skills that promote collaboration and cooperation.
  • Exceptional organizational, time management, and project management skills.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to consolidate feedback from multiple sources into a cohesive single output document, able to create and share deliverable instructions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Able to thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and entrepreneurial environment; proven success working both independently and within a dynamic and closely-knit team environment.
  • Self-motivated, well organized, and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities and coordinate multiple tasks, exert influence, negotiate, work across boundaries, meet competing deadlines, and deliver results.
  • Some early or late hours will be required during events; travel at less than 10%.
  • Good judgment, tact, and discretion and ability to handle confidential information.
  • MS Office software skills needed; ability and willingness to learn new programs.
  • Will be a contributor, take ownership for work, following up on all action items, and will deliver high quality results meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working in a multi- stakeholder/ consortium environment with diverse backgrounds and culture a plus

Candidates must submit applications via the MIT human resources website (Job ID: 17738).

We currently have 2 research positions available in our FoCUS Project:

About FoCUS

The MIT NEWDIGS consortium FoCUS Project seeks to collaboratively address the need for new, innovative financing and reimbursement models for durable and potentially curable therapies that ensure patient access and sustainability for all stakeholders. Our mission is to deliver an understanding of financial challenges created by these therapies leading to system-wide, implementable precision financing models. This multi-stakeholder effort gathers developers, providers, regulators, patient advocacy groups, payers from all segments of the US healthcare system, and academics working in healthcare policy, financing, and reimbursement in this endeavor.

Please send CV and cover letter to Deborah Young at:

Drug Development Pipeline Researcher:  Student researcher (undergraduate/graduate/post-doc) to assist in the analysis of the potential of the products in the pipeline to reach the market. Under the guidance of experts in the Healthcare Economics field, the researcher will use a current data set to map and catalog products by indication, as well as do detailed research into the status of clinical trials for cell and gene therapies. The ideal candidates (two or three individuals) are interested in Healthcare/Biology/Economics/Pre-Med and are available to work 10-15 hours per week in the Fall Semester with possible extension into the Spring Semester, on this exciting academic research project using actual drug development pipeline data with more than 200 indications, medical background, and applied economics.



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