Research Assistant

Brown University

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 State and Territory Alliance for Testing (STAT) Networks. STAT connects state-level Covid-19 command officials and federal leaders to collectively identify and resolve challenges and information gaps brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and other public health issues through weekly calls. The Research Assistant assists with synthesizing, summarizing, and sharing best practices discussed during each call. Current topic areas include COVID, the opioid epidemic, misinformation health equity, STI’s, and other public health issues.

The Research Assistant works closely with the Associate Directors of the STAT Network. The diversity of projects STAT team members have exposure to makes this position  non-traditional with varying responsibilities. While many tasks are rapid-response in nature, the work is principally project-related, including note taking during weekly STAT sessions/calls and internal team meetings, synthesizing notes from weekly STAT sessions and events into key takeaways, managing participation data from STAT Network sessions, and supporting the Associate Directors with planning STAT sessions.

The Research Assistant interacts with remote consultants or team members, is very 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.


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

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

This is a hybrid position.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 12/31/2024  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.

Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

Information on the Benefits of Working at Brown can be found here.

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Job Posting Title:

Research Assistant


School of Public Health


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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