Research Assistant - Horizon Scanning
Job Details
Remote - , PA
Fully Remote
Full Time
Master's Degree Preferred
Health Care


ECRI is an inspiring place to work. We share a common mission to help healthcare organizations make smart, compassionate, and ethical decisions for patients. Consider these additional benefits of joining the ECRI team:

  • Industry leadership: We have a long history and proven reputation in patient safety and medical technology research.
  • On-the-job-learning: You will have the opportunity to work with specialists across medical science, patient care, healthcare management, and technology.
  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits: We offer medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, and disability coverage.
  • Retirement Savings: Our employees can participate in an employer-matching 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan.
  • Additional benefits: ECRI offers additional benefits to our employees, including paid time off and holiday pay, paid leave for parents, tuition assistance, employee assistance program, access to LinkedIn Learning, and other voluntary benefit programs (e.g. accident insurance, identify theft insurance, flexible spending accounts).
  • Volunteer Program: ECRI Cares, our employee volunteer program, provides a framework for us to work together and make a difference in the lives of others. All employees are provided 16 hours annually of paid time to volunteer at preapproved ECRI Cares charities during normal business hours.


At ECRI, our passion for safe, effective, and efficient care is ingrained into the fabric of who we are and why we are here. For more than 50 years, the people of ECRI have been unyielding in their work to protect patients from unsafe and ineffective medical technologies and practices. Now, with the acquisition of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), we have created one of the largest healthcare quality and safety entities in the world.

As a non-profit, independent organization, we utilize an unbiased, evidence-based approach to develop guidance, and maintain our principles of integrity and transparent work. Our ethical standards have led us to adopt the industry's strictest conflict-of-interest policies, and they are why tens of thousands of healthcare leaders worldwide rely on ECRI to guide their clinical, operational, and strategic decisions across all sites of care.

The Most Trusted Voice in Healthcare

ECRI is proud to serve the healthcare industry, from providers and insurers to government agencies, and medical associations. Our areas of focus include:

  • Patient Safety: empowering leaders to eliminate patient harm through the dissemination of best practices, guidance, benchmarking, and recommendations.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine: providing clinical evidence to inform and support decisions on the effectiveness of medical technologies, procedures, genetic tests, and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Technology Decision Support: arming hospital systems with unbiased insights, so they can optimize their supply chain.

ECRI is the only organization worldwide to conduct independent medical device evaluations, with labs located in North America and Asia Pacific. ECRI is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

At ECRI, our passion for the truth drives us to go further and dig deeper in our pursuit to advance effective, evidence-based healthcare globally.

The success of our organization relies on the kind of creative thinking that can only result from a diverse team of individuals. ECRI is proud to be an employer of choice with an inclusive environment for all employees. As part of this goal and in compliance with various laws and regulations, ECRI provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees.

It's what makes ECRI unique, and why we are the most trusted voice in healthcare.


To support the Horizon Scanning department in the production, maintenance, and management of horizon scanning content and systems, as follows: perform research on topics, trends, diseases, and background information; update and format content in databases and reports; provide citations management for all reports; assist Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator and Patient Engagement Specialist with recruitment and comment processes; provide administrative support for project meetings; and other duties as assigned.


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)

  • Perform ongoing scanning for leads on emerging healthcare topics and trends
  • Categorize, prepopulate, and assign leads for Analyst review
  • Perform preliminary and background research on new topics and trends to support topic development by Analysts, if needed
  • Update database records on an ongoing basis
  • Perform data entry and citation management to create accurate reference lists for reports
  • Assist Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator and Patient Engagement Specialist in recruiting physicians, nurses, researchers, health systems experts, patients, and caregivers as commenters
  • Assist Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator with comment process, including scheduling, processing, and follow-up

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Draft bi-weekly status meeting agendas and monthly project progress reports, if required
  • Record minutes for project meetings, if required
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Accountability Metrics:

  • Timely processing of leads for Analyst review
  • Timely and accurate database updates
  • Timely data entry and citations creation
  • Timely and effective stakeholder recruitment
  • On-time completion of other assigned tasks



  • 1+ years of relevant job experience preferred, but not required
  • Fast learner able to perform a variety of research duties in a fast-paced production environment
  • Ability to distill technical content into reader friendly information
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication, and attention to detail skills


  • Bachelors degree in a life science, public health, healthcare information systems, healthcare journalism, or biomedical sciences area is required. Masters degree in areas listed above preferred.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 Suite of products, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint or other content manager systems a plus

Certifications & Licenses:

  • N/A


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





10 lbs or less




11-20 lbs




21-50 lbs


Manually Manipulate


51-100 lbs




Over 100 lbs


Reach Outward


Reach Above Shoulder





12 lbs or less




12-25 lbs




26-40 lbs


Squat or Kneel


41-100 lbs




Other Physical Requirements

  • Vision (Near)


  • Typical Office Environment


  • All employees who wish to enter our facilities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Equal Opportunity Employer-Disability and Veteran