Research Assistant III Non-Lab (Research Assistant, India)

Research Assistant III Non-Lab (Research Assistant, India)

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Laboratory and Research
Full Time


Research Assistant III Non-Lab (Research Assistant, India)

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks to hire a Research Assistant to analyze health system performance in India.

The Research Assistant will contribute to the India Health Systems project, a large-scale study that aims to advance India’s goal of universal health coverage – providing affordable and equitable access to good quality care for all without major financial hardship – through rigorous research and practicum-based mentoring of promising junior health policy/system researchers in India. The project is led by Dr. Winnie Yip, Professor of the Practice of Global Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population, and includes a vibrant team of Boston-based researchers committed to advancing the study of health systems in complex environments. More information about the project is available here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/india-health-systems/.
Over the past few years, India has introduced several major healthcare reforms like the National Health Mission (NHM), Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) and the Health and Wellness Center (HWC) Programs, and the recent National Digital Health Mission (NDHM). In addition, India has implemented various state-level initiatives on health financing and healthcare delivery—all seeking to improve the health system’s performance. There have been significant achievements, especially in increasing access and utilization of health services. However, India continues to face challenges in achieving better health system outcomes such as assuring financial risk protection, affordable and equitable access to quality healthcare, efficiency in service delivery, and citizen satisfaction about how the health system performs.

The team’s research portfolio includes in-depth analyses related to urban health, non-communicable diseases, citizen satisfaction, provider quality of care, financial barriers to access, and prescription behaviors of health providers. There is a special focus on the interactions between public and private parts of the health system, including the mix of providers as well as the source of financing. The work contributes to the health policy reform cycle at the state and national level, and in some cases involves pilot experimentation around innovative models of health financing, health care delivery, strategic purchasing, and governance.

Positions on the team offer abundant opportunities for professional development in public health, health policy, and academic research through the direct collaborations with Dr. Yip as well as access to the broader Harvard Chan School community and tuition support through Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Program. Previous team members have successfully pursued advanced degrees related to public health.

Position Description

The Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the India Health Systems Research Team to engage in desk-based research and literature reviews to inform the understanding of key topics. The products may include case studies, technical reports, persuasive PowerPoint presentations for policy makers, policy briefs, academic manuscripts, and journal submission materials.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Literature review. Identify relevant literature and synthesize knowledge as relevant to case studies and other project activities. Reviews may include policy documents, government regulations and reports, academic literature, reports from health care organizations, and other secondary sources. Synthesize knowledge as relevant to the objectives of research. In addition to desktop research, this task may entail correspondence or calls with Indian counterparts in coordination with the Boston-based researcher team.
  • Develop cases. Collaborate with senior members of the team to develop teaching cases that examine policy experience in India or other countries as related to current health system-level performance challenges in India. Content may include urban health, non-communicable diseases, citizen satisfaction, provider quality of care, financial barriers to access, and prescription behaviors of health providers. There is a special focus on the interactions between public and private sectors of the health system, including the mix of providers as well as the source of financing.
  • Writing to persuade. Draft material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts, progress reports, policy notes, articles, or other documents for publication and/or presentation.
  • Coordination. Coordinate with faculty and key stakeholders in India for the success of a researcher mentorship program.
  • Submit periodic reports of work projects to supervisor, regularly suggesting and/or implementing improvements to current analytical portfolio.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample. This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2025 with the possibility of extension. This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA.  Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process.  All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant work experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Bachelor's Degree in social sciences such as global health, public health, health policy, public policy, economics, or comparative politics; Master's Degree is a strong plus  
  • Training in social science fields such as development economics, global health, or political economy
  • 2+ years of work experience analyzing health system performance or implementing health policy reform projects. Examples include policies around access, quality, and costs of health care at state or national levels
  • Experience writing and communicating findings to audiences of policy makers in government and international donors, such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank
  • Prior experience using bibliography software such as Zotero or Endnote is preferred but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills with diverse partners
  • Work independently, is organized, and meets deadlines

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Additional Information

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.  The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403117 Research Assistant III Non-Lab

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Health Systems Group


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status


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