National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will be performing research primarily on projects aimed at reducing health disparities among ethnically diverse populations. Under the direction of the PI and the project coordinator, the Research Assistant will provide support for onsite and offsite/field research activities and be involved in various stages of the implementation of an intervention. The Research Assistant will work closely with the research team and participants to ensure the project is completed successfully. These responsibilities include, but not are limited to, assisting in participant screening and recruitment (including direct outreach and field-based recruitment), study visit preparation, data collection through surveys and interviews, data quality assurance and analysis, keeping tracking logs, and creating materials for participants. The position also performs additional related tasks as necessary. The current study is centered on a home-based parental intervention, on improving the diet quality of preschool-aged children among low-income, Latinx/Hispanic families. It will engage families in their home setting and use community health workers to connect families to food safety net resources.

This is a fixed-term research position with a current end date of 2/29/2024, which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications


  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Nutriton, Public Health or other related field)
  • Preferred:  Master’s degree


  • 1-2 years’ experience in Public Health Research (preferred).
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection.
  • Basic descriptive statistics knowledge (preferred).
  • Experience with Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR)  (preferred)
  • The candidate must possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Job Competencies

  • Comfort and interest in working with Latinx populations.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, organized, self-reliant, and able to manage competing research demands
  • Ability to set goals and work independently, as well as collaborative with research team members to manage both short-and long-term responsibilities.
  • Efficient time management skills
  • Experience and comfort working with diverse professional staff with varying educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal presentation skills, interpersonal skills, and written communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish (able to conduct surveys and interviews in English and Spanish) (preferred)
  • Computer skills (Microsoft office, reference manager), with willingness to learn and utilize new software applications as needed (e.g., REDCap, Nutrition Data System for Research, Veggie Meter).

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

Recruiting Start Date:

Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity Research

Grade 8

Worker Type:

Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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