RESEARCH ASSISTANT, School of Public Health, Health Law, Policy and Management

RESEARCH ASSISTANT, School of Public Health, Health Law, Policy & Management

Job Description
The Research Assistant (RA) will provide research, data analysis, and operational support for the implementation science component of a large-scale, multi-site study to reduce opioid overdose deaths. The research assistant will work closely with participating communities, intervention organizations, and study personnel and will be responsible for collecting implementation science data via on-site visits and telephone communications. The RA will travel to study sites to collect data by a structured interview format, ethnography, and document review and conduct regular follow up data by phone and/or in person. Candidates should have interest in community-engaged research and implementation science is important, and some exposure and preferably experience with qualitative coding and basic quantitative data analysis. 
Why SPH?
  • Driven by our mission to improve the health of local, national and international populations, and deeply committed to igniting positive change in the world.
  • Recognized worldwide for achievements in education, research and public health activism.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative spirit in our pursuit of solutions, and innovative in our education.
  • Our values drive what we do, and how we do it.


  • Coordinates and assists with data collection at participating communities through site visits, surveys, and phone interviews. (50%)
  • Maintains and updates extensive databases. Verifies the accuracy and validity of data entered into databases. Corrects any errors. (25%)
  • Assists senior researchers with data analysis. (15%)
  • Provides assistance with the preparation of project related reports, manuscripts, and presentations. Conducts internet-based and library research. (10%)
  • Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required with 1-3 years of experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and interpersonal skills.

 About SPH:

The mission of SPH is to improve the health of local, national and international populations, particularly the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable, through excellence and innovation in education, research and service. 

Our values drive what we do and how we do it. We are deeply committed to igniting positive change in the world. We seek to create a respectful, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community within SPH, and to promote justice, human rights, and equity within and across our local and global communities. We are bold in our pursuit of knowledge that matters, creative in our pursuit of solutions, and innovative in our education. In all we do, it is our engagement with people, communities, and institutions in the world beyond our academic walls that leads to success.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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