Research Associate, Center for Global Health Science and Security – Georgetown University Medical Center

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: La Center, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

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Research Associate, Center for Global Health Science and Security – Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security conducts original research to help decision makers worldwide build sustainable capacities to prevent, detect, respond to public health emergencies, and to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with a high-quality evidence base to make decisions that promote health security.

Job Overview

The Research Associate helps to design and apply tools to identify gaps in national and capabilities for global health security as it relates to the International Health Regulations and Joint External Evaluation Tool. Duties include but are not limited to: draft analytical reports to characterize gaps and opportunities for capacity building through international partnerships; support the development and testing of case studies and other original training and educational materials; and assist in the planning and implementation of simulation exercises and workshops to test national, regional, and global capabilities to respond to biological events

They also provide analytical support to the planning, development, and implementation of sponsored research projects and global health security activities associated with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Program.

Work Interactions

Reporting directly to Erin Sorrell, Assistant Professor, ERGP Director/PI, the Research Associate works collaboratively with other Center faculty, research staff, and administrative staff; collaborates with among multi-disciplinary team members based in multiple partner institutions; and upholds the Program and Georgetown missions through these interactions. 


  • Master’s degree (near completion or recently awarded) in the biological sciences, global health, emerging infectious diseases or related field
  • Ability to analyze global health security policies and biological risk management with moderate supervision, adapting complex research methodologies as needed
  • Knowledge of current concepts in global health security, biological threat agents and biorisk management policies and practices
  • Strong information technology/computer skills, including data visualization
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with a team
  • Ability to prioritize, focus and achieve results in a fast paced and complex environment
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of diverse backgrounds and attention to detail
  • Advanced organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and capability to respond to rapidly evolving needs for the planning, development, and implementation of research projects and training events
  • Willingness and ability to contribute to both project funded reports and peer reviewed publication
  • Willingness and availability for domestic and international travel

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in conducting research analysis related to biohazardous threat agents, biosafety/biosecurity, health systems, and/or emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of information management systems and platforms

Work Mode: Telework. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation .

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Georgetown University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement savings, tuition assistance, work-life balance benefits, employee discounts and an array of voluntary insurance options. You can learn more about benefits and eligibility on the Department of Human Resources website .

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