Global Services Team
Cambridge, MA, United States

Research Assistant

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Overview

Research Assistant

Cambridge, MA, United States

Global Services Team - Full-time

Dimagi’s innovative open-source mobile technology improves the health and well-being of underserved populations in over 60 countries.  We are a small, whip-smart, diverse, dedicated team and we LOVE what we do! At Dimagi, we care about impact, team, and profit (in that order). Do you share in these values? Do you have a strong desire to work in the technology-for-good space? If you answered yes to these questions, then we want you to join us on the next leg of our journey!

Founded out of Harvard and MIT in 2002, Dimagi is a global, 120-person software company with an impact-focused business model that delivers open-source technology to help underserved communities. Our software product, CommCare, is an award-winning, open-source platform that enables non-programmers to design and launch custom mobile applications for Android devices. Our team of exceptional software developers, engineers, public health and development specialists, consultants, and field staff apply their experience to further public health and well-being.

While Dimagi engages with many types of partners and organizations internationally, a growing focus for our Cambridge office is domestic health research to explore the extent to which mobile data collection and service delivery support can be leveraged to help address identified gaps in different levels of point of care services throughout the US health system.  

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join our Cambridge-based Global Services team. In this role you will helping to drive forward and support the implementation of domestic research-based projects, with additional future efforts in assisting with the grant preparation and submission process.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in US-based health research and academic environments. This person will be detail-oriented and be able to create the headspace for working on more than one project and fulfilling more than one responsibility at a time. Some of the functions of this role will be to help establish best practices for our research grant development and execution processes as well as to drive forward our efforts for outreach and engagement with potential collaborators in academia and industry, helping us shape the future of our research portfolio.

We offer a casual work environment with flexible hours. Given our social mission, our budgeted salary scale is more in-line with that of a non-profit organization and exact compensation will vary by level of experience. Dimagi's pay scale is a transparent, non-negotiable function of your current role, years of prior relevant experience, years with Dimagi, and base location. The salary range for this role is $34-39,000 based on prior experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing research projects (coordinating project activities, compiling project status reports, coordinating and hosting team meetings)
  • Coordinating internal team members and external collaborators to implement our US-based grant-funded research projects
  • Preparing study materials and project reports
  • Ensuring and maintaining human subjects study requirements (e.g., IRB)
  • Contributing to grant writing, budget formation, and additional grant submission pieces
  • Working closely with our teams implementing US-based research grant projects
  • Coordinating with project implementation partners (such as doctors and research teams at our study sites)

Required skills include:

  • Experience with human subject research protocol, specifically IRB processes
  • Experience managing multi-site studies
  • Strong project management and communication skills
  • Genuine interest in digital health / mobile technology implementation sciences in the US
  • High attention to detail and administrative adherence
  • 1 – 4+ years of work experience
  • Reliable, self-directed, and resourceful
  • Able to juggle many things at once
  • Flexible and able to wear many hats / take on multiple roles

Preferred skills include:

  • Previous experience working on a federally-funded project (E.g., funders such as the NIH or USAID)
  • Previous project management experience
  • Focus or background in psychology, social sciences, medical anthropology, public health
  • Experience working on digital health / mobile technology projects
  • Experience in US-based health research
  • Grant writing experience
  • Masters-level degree in a relevant field, such as MPH

Other Job Perks

  • Do you like travel? You will have the opportunity to travel internationally within your first two years, either to a different country for project travel or to a different country office.
  • Onboarding, which includes one week of classroom sessions, followed by shadowing an existing project, will be in Boston, Cape Town, Dakar or Delhi. Location of onboarding will be dependent upon logistical factors.
  • Team Summits. The entire team in your region or country will get together at least annually to meet each other, discuss goals, debate strategy, and have some fun. Read about two field managers’ takes on summits in Cape Town and Dakar.
  • ‘Personal Initiative Days’. This is blocked off time, outside of work responsibilities, to come up with tangible outputs of impactful ideas that align with your job.
  • Each year, you will get 30 days paid time off, inclusive of public holidays, to use to relax, travel, or visit home.
  • Excellent health insurance: Outstanding medical plan, fully covered
  • Employee stock options: You’ll have a stake in the future success of Dimagi

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