Research Assistant - Brown School

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Job Type: FullTime

Scheduled Hours

Position Summary
A qualified individual is needed for a research assistant position with the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS) at the Brown School. CPHSS uses innovative methods and strategies to connect research and evaluation, working primarily in three areas: 1) Policy and Prevention 2) Dissemination and Implementation and 3) Systems Science. CPHSS has 10-12 active projects at any given time (all falling within the above buckets). The research assistant will work on multiple center projects as a “floater” meaning daily duties will vary based on the needs of individual projects. Across all projects that the research assistant will work on, primary tasks include 1) conducting literature reviews and synthesizing information, 2) assisting with the preparation and management of qualitative and quantitative data, and 3) assisting with tasks related to the dissemination of project findings. Ideal candidates will be flexible, take initiative, and have excellent communication skills (both written and oral). This staff person will work as part of multiple project teams and individually to perform duties and responsibilities required to meet project needs.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct literature review, analysis, and synthesis with an understanding of the content area and determine what is credible research information.
  • Assist with the preparation and management of qualitative and quantitative data using a variety of software platforms (Excel, SPSS, R, Nvivo, and/or Zotero).
  • Assist project managers and teams with dissemination of project findings in the form of developing presentations, contributing to poster/publication writing, and translational product development.
  • Maintain databases and other project tracking tools.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, or other related field.
  • Experience performing literature search, summary, and synthesis.
  • Experience with professional writing.
  • Experience working on multiple projects and managing competing deadlines.
  • Strong oral presentation skills.
  • Experience working with social science data.
  • Verifiable track record of excellent communication skills.
  • Communication: Excellent communication with project team members/team leaders. Excellent communication with supervisor to help manage competing priorities.
  • Candidate is a self-starter and resourceful: Proactively seek out solutions when problems arise. Comfortable initiating communication and working with multiple managers. Ability to exercise good judgment on when to get manager input.
  • Flexibility: Balance competing priorities. Ability to switch between tasks with ease. Open to learning new skills/tools as required by projects. Work independently or as a part of a team. Work with multiple project teams at any given time.
  • Superior time management and organization skills: Strong attention to detail. Highly dependable and organized.
  • Excellent technical aptitude including: Proficient computer skills (experience with Microsoft Office Suite required). Intermediate proficiency with Excel.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with two years of research/field experience or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling six years.


Salary Range
$16.76 - $28.51 / Hourly

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.

  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.

  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.

  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.

  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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