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Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

The Research Assistant at the Brown School of Public Health (SPH) joins a vibrant team supporting the Dean’s office and related special projects. The Research Assistant is involved in fast-paced non-laboratory research aimed at addressing key ongoing and emerging problems in public health. Current topic areas include pandemic preparedness and response, crisis communications and misinformation, health equity, climate change and health, and comparative health systems research.

The Research Assistant works closely with a mosaic of faculty and research team members of different disciplines in public health (epidemiology, health communications, health economics). The diversity of projects Dean’s RAs have exposure to makes this position a non-traditional research assistantship with varying responsibilities. While many tasks are rapid-response in nature, the work is principally project-related, including data collection, literature reviews and synthesis, drafting of reports, organization of project meetings and materials, and assistance with development of research proposals. The Research Assistant interacts with remote consultants or team members, is involved in project communications, conducts structured interviews, and develops reports and presentations. This individual works as part of a team to compile and analyze information using a variety of statistical software applications. The position also performs additional related tasks as necessary. All tasks may be performed independently and/or without direct supervision in an on- or off-site location.

Job Qualifications and Competencies
Required:  Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) with 1 year experience in health services research (or related field). Coursework in related fields can substitute for experience.

  • Experience with healthcare data, medical literature review
  • Ability to set goals and work independently to manage both short- and long-term responsibilities
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing work conditions
  • Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills (word processing, data management, Power Point, reference manager)
  • Self-reliant, organized, flexible and able to prioritize multiple research activities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency analytic software including but not limited to Excel and R
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support diverse and inclusive environment

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of June 30, 2025 which may be extended based upon available funding.

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

School of Public Health

Grade 8

Worker Type:

Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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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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