Research Analyst II, Emerging Technology Team, HTAIS
Job Details
Corporate Headquarters - Plymouth Meeting, PA
Full Time
Master's degree preferred

POSITION SUMMARY Join our team of experts in evidence analysis who identify and analyze key information and data about the clinical validity and utility of genetic tests available for use in clinical care. This person will use the PICOTS analytic framework to analyze published studies, assess strength of evidence (using the GRADE-based system), and write rapid and in-depth evidence assessments on genetic tests. Decision makers, including genetic counselors and clinical policy makers at third-party payers and health systems, use the assessments to make evidence-based decisions about appropriate use. The person in this role will also help to identify and prioritize new genetic test topics and stay abreast of trends in genomics and proteomics that will affect patient care.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Essential Functions Statements(s)

  • Learn the appropriate methods for analyzing screening, diagnostic, and prognostic clinical studies
  • Use search results provided by medical librarians to select appropriate data for analysis, perform analysis, and write evidence assessments
  • Understand and apply concepts of PICOTS analytic framework and GRADE strength of evidence assessment in report preparation
  • Prepare for preliminary meetings on assigned topics and understand the patient clinical pathway for the screening, diagnosis, or management of the relevant disease/condition
  • Ensure understanding of client research requests
  • Meet deadlines for client deliverables
  • Apply biostatistical concepts to accurately analyze and present data in the assessments
  • Provide recommendations for prioritization of topics for evidence reports
  • Understand factors that affect diffusion of genetic tests and precision therapies
  • Understand audience perspectives (e.g., payer, hospital) and write accordingly
  • Write assessments clearly in active voice for intended audiences
  • Use peer review feedback to revise assessments as needed after internal and external review; document responses to reviewers
  • Use internal workflow tools (e.g., SharePoint) to follow appropriate procedures for report documentation, drafting, peer review, revision and final publication
  • Attend training sessions for report writing and other ECRI presentations that inform your work as recommended by management
  • Maintain current awareness of important topics and issues in precision medicine field by perusing major medical journals, health sections of major news outlets, GenomeWeb, ACMG, CAP, and other publications relevant to the field
  • Maintain general awareness of changes in codes (e.g., addition of new codes) used to bill for genetic tests and the policies affecting coverage/reimbursement of genetic tests.
  • Maintain currency on state and federal regulatory issues affecting genetic test clearances/approvals, diffusion and utilization
  • Be thorough and attentive to detail; document sources for all facts and information used in reports and use the internal citation system workflows to request and document resources used
  • Participate in selected visits and surveys of members as requested by management
  • Contribute to initiatives to enhance the information resources and assessments provided to clients
  • Suggest ideas and themes for possible educational webinars on precision medicine and genetic testing that would interest clients
  • Contribute to consultation outreach for members with questions about genetic tests
  • Attend professional conferences as requested by management
  • Attend team, committee, and department meetings
  • Other duties/projects as assigned

Accountability Metrics:

Annual metrics after completing 9 months’ training:

  • Depending on the type and depth of assessments required by clients, produce some combination of the following as determined by client needs and management: 4 new or updated comprehensive in-depth assessments; or 40 short assessments; or 100 curated bibliographies; write 30, 1-page weekly newsbriefs on current important news on genetic tests
  • Attend or participate in relevant ECRI webinars, conferences, trainings to grow/maintain knowledge base as recommended by management
  • Professional development: If education is Master’s degree in genetic counseling, maintain professional certification, such as genetic counselor
  • Professional development: If recommended and supported by budget and management, pursue AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) Essential Skills certificate program via self-study


  • Strong writing skills coupled with familiarity with concepts of evidence-based medicine (e.g., related to precision medicine topics), systematic review, clinical study design and analysis of screening and diagnostic technologies; biostatistics; issues related to how genetic tests diffuse into clinical care.
  • Ability to: learn and use PICOTS framework to formulate appropriate key questions; understand clinical trial design for diagnostic technologies and assess risk of bias in studies; clinical data analysis; apply GRADE concepts to assess strength of evidence and draw conclusions; if needed, perform basic statistical tests on study data, accept and appropriately implement peer review critiques; and write accurately and clearly for health system and health plan audiences.

Education: PhD+ post doc or 2 years research experience in a life science (e.g., human genetics,  molecular biology, cell biology, virology, immunology) or Master’s degree in genetic counseling +4 years’ experience as a genetic counselor

Computer Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Office 2007+

Certifications & Licenses: If applicant has a Master’s degree in genetic counseling, candidate must have and maintain current certification as a genetic counselor.


N (Not Applicable)

Activity is not applicable to this position.

O (Occasionally)

Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)

F (Frequently)

Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly)

Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Physical Demands


O                                           Lift/Carry


F                                             10 lbs or less      O


C                                            11-20 lbs             N

Manually Manipulate

C                                            21-50 lbs             N


O                                            51-100 lbs           N

Reach Outward

O                                            Over 100 lbs       N

Reach Above Shoulder



C                                             Push/Pull


N                                             12 lbs or less       N                                   


N                                             13-25 lbs             N

Squat or Kneel

N                                             26-40 lbs             N


N                                             41-100 lbs           

Other Physical Requirements

  • Vision (Near)


       Typical Office Environment


Equal Opportunity Employer-Disability and Veteran