Research Assistant

Brown University

Job Description:

The Mindfulness for Health Equity Lab (mHEAL) is looking for a service-minded, detailed-oriented, and enthusiastic Research Assistant (RA) to support a few research projects within the lab. Approximately 50-60% of the RA’s time will be supporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses and the creation of a public-facing data repository of mindfulness and integrative medicine interventions through conducting literature searches, study coding, and relevant stakeholder interviews. Meanwhile, there are a few other ongoing research projects in the lab that the RA may support, including analyzing qualitative exit-interview data from two randomized controlled trials that evaluated community-tailored interventions for sexual and gender minorities, supporting the launch of projects in the area of global mental health, and assisting with manuscript writing, preparation, and publishing.

The ideal candidate for the position will have strong organizational and communication (written and interpersonal) skills, can work independently with the support of supervision, perform well in a team science setting, and have a strong aptitude for data, organization, and academic writing. Experience with and interest (personal and professional) in mindfulness and mental health are preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to upload their CV/resume, a cover letter explaining their motivation for applying this position and relevant qualifications, transcripts (unofficial or official), and a writing sample (e.g., term paper). The duration of the position is at least 1 year (100% FTE), with a commitment of 2 years preferred. There is a possibility of renewal for several years depending on satisfactory progress and funding availability.

Education and Experience

  • Required: BA or BS in psychology, social work, public health, community health or related field, with 1-2+ years or more experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Required: Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in person and via email
  • Excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail required
  • Experience managing databases is preferred
  • Training and experience in mindfulness and/or mental health research or interventions is preferred
  • Experience conducting interviews is preferred
  • Familiarity with APA formatting is preferred

Job Competencies

  • Proven ability to work effectively on multiple projects at the same time, including setting priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong ability in reading and coding scientific literature and studies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills
  • Efficient time management skills
  • Openness to and interest in learning new skills
  • Ability and willingness to work within a research team
  • Possess a willingness to support a research lab aiming at health promotion with LGBTQ+ individuals, racial/ethnic minorities, people with a history of trauma, and other marginalized populations
  • Actively participate in lab meetings and contribute to a lab environment that emphasizes diversity, community learning, knowledge and resource sharing, and strength-based approach to career advancement
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 5/1/2025, 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.

This is a hybrid eligible position.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Center for Epidemiologic Research

Grade 8

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Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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Position Work Location:
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.

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