Research Assistant

Updated: 2 months ago

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, Ashish K. Jha, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice and Dean of Public Health, the Research Assistant will work on a variety of multidisciplinary research projects pertaining to disease outbreaks, pandemics, and health care quality.

The Research Assistant will work closely with multiple faculty members and other research team members on a wide range of project-related tasks, including data collection, literature reviews and synthesis, drafting of reports, organization of project materials, and assistance with development of research proposals.  The Research Assistant will also conduct structured interviews, interact with remote consultants or team members, coordinate project communications, and development of scientific reports and presentations. Additional related tasks as necessary.

Under nominal direction, performs a variety of non-laboratory research and administrative tasks determined by the field and scope of the particular research study. Works as part of a team in compiling and analyzing results, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications.  These tasks may be performed independently and/or without direct supervision in an on- or off-site location.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Major Responsibility:      Statistical Analysis activities     %   30

Supporting Actions: Analyze state and national data on COVID19 outbreak, largely descriptive but some analytics work. Review and summarize output of analyses using Excel, R, or other statistical software. Present data and draft tables under direction of supervisor. This could also include conducting structured interviews and interaction with remote consultants or team members.

  • 2. Major Responsibility:     Assist Supervisor with report preparation     % 30

Supporting Actions:   Under direction of supervisor, prepare tables and graphs for final report, prepare study documents for scientific posters, methods and results sections of reports and manuscripts.    

  • 3. Major Responsibility:  Literature review and summary % 40

Supporting Actions:  Under direction of supervisor, carries out extensive literature review of both published and non-published work, examining peer-reviewed literature, grey literature, reports, and other sources. Synthesizes the findings and writes up reports.

The Research Assistant would be free to make decisions related to matters including: 

  • Prioritize multiple research activities.

  • Make judgments necessary to conduct the most relevant and up-to-date statistical research possible once specific goals have been defined by Principal Investigator

Job Qualifications and Competencies:


Required:  Bachelorâ™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 

Job Competencies

  • 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

ADA Physical Requirements:

  • Requires ability to read

  • Must remain in stationary position for long periods of time at desk or computer

  • Occasionally climb stairs

  • Requires moving around campus and office

  • Requires occasionally standing, sitting, walking; using hands to finger handle, or feel objects, tools of controls; reaching into hands and arms; climbing stairs; hearing; talking

  • Operates a computer and other office equipment

  • Requires frequently moving about the inside the office to access printer, files, and other materials/equipment

  • Operates a computer and other office equipment

  • Lift/Carry/Push/Pull typically less than 10 pounds

  • Limited exposure to chemicals

Additional physical demands and working conditions:

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses a computer which results in repetitive motion. 

 Physical Demands:

This is largely a sedentary role that involves sitting most of the time. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures.

Additional Information:

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. The School of Public Health is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive working and learning community of faculty, staff, and students. We embrace diversity along its many dimensionsâ”including race, ethnicity, sex, religion, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and other aspects of identity. In your cover letter or in a separate statement, we ask that you address how your past and present work demonstrates accomplishments in and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and how you intend to show this commitment in your role as Director of Human Resources. We value the different ways this might be demonstrated including in teaching, team-building, mentoring, service and community engagement.


Candidates from historically under-represented groups, including but not limited to, women as well as racial and ethnic minorities, are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Brown University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, political affiliation, marital or partnership status, parental status, military service, or any legally protected characteristics. The University embraces diversity and celebrates difference. Like all employees of Brown, this position requires a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and educational records check satisfactory to Brown.

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

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


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.

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Internal Number: REQ169802
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