Research Assistant Position with PORTAL (Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The Program On Regulation, Therapeutics And Law (PORTAL) is an interdisciplinary academic research group including researchers, analysts, and trainees from the fields of medicine, law, epidemiology, and health policy. PORTAL is based within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

At PORTAL, we study how laws and regulations influence the development, use, and affordability of prescription drugs, as well as the ethical questions that current and proposed policies raise for patients, physicians, policymakers, and payors. We aim for our work to be both timely and actionable, providing rigorous data and careful empirical analysis to inform ongoing debate and policymaking in this arena. We publish empiric research in major medical, legal, and health policy journals and disseminate our findings through the lay media and international, national, regional, and local professional meetings, and interaction with key decision-makers in the public and private sectors to ensure translation into actionable health care policy. PORTAL also hosts regular meetings, seminars, and conferences to discuss ongoing research, emerging areas of interest and potential scholarship, and current issues in related fields.

We are seeking a research assistant to work on our team under the direction of the faculty and post-doctoral research fellows. This position gives new college graduates unparalleled exposure to the intersection between medicine, law, and health policy, and it offers significant work experience and responsibility, interactions with world experts, and built-in support for graduate school applications. In addition, our faculty members are dedicated to mentoring research assistants in their journeys to medical, law, or other graduate schools. We provide support for graduate school admissions through our extensive network of faculty advisors and alumni, with their detailed knowledge of schools and the application process. Our many talented alumni have had successful careers in medicine, public health, and business. 

Job responsibilities include data collection, analysis, writing/editing, of empiric research studies for publication in peer-reviewed medical and health policy journals. In addition, research assistants support faculty members with writing and submitting grants, presenting and disseminating our research to policmakers and lay press, and assisting with other administrative and project management tasks as needed.


The research assistant position at PORTAL is ideal for someone with a science or pre-medical background with additional interest in business, law, public health, and/or health policy. Strong critical thinking and writing skills are highly valued.

Requirements for successful candidates: 

·      Demonstrated academic excellence 

·      Deep scientific background; research and/or experience working with data is encouraged 

·      Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and synthesizing skills 

·      Strong critical thinking and analytic skills 

·      Ability to be adaptable and flexible 

·      High energy and ability to keep multiple projects moving simultaneously 

·      Ability to work independently and to collaborate frequently within small teams 

·      Reliability; commitment to schedules and deadlines 

We are seeking applicants who can begin in summer 2023, and who can make a two-year commitment.

How to Apply 

This is a highly sought-after position – if you are interested, please email resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter in PDF format to Liam Bendicksen at The deadline is February 20, 2023.

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By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect