Research Associate, JEDSI

Connecticut, United States
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Seeking a Research Associate to supervise some of the activities of a grant from The JPB Foundation. The grant funds the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI) at the Yale School for Environment (YSE). The Research Associate will focus on the portion of the JEDSI that examines community hazards, amenities, and resilience. For about half a century, activists and scholars have identified and tried to mitigate the disproportionate amounts of environmental hazards people of color and low-income communities face. Despite these efforts, environmental injustices such as generating and disposing of toxic wastes, heavy pollution burdens, resource extraction and processing, lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, exorbitant utility rates and high levels of utility shutoffs, and climate disasters are commonplace in poor and minority communities. JEDSI seeks to identify interconnected actions, impacts, processes, and outcomes that give rise to and perpetuate environmental injustices. JEDSI will also identify community amenities and resources that can help to reduce inequities and foster community resilience. The Principal Investigator is Dorceta E. Taylor of YSE. The Research Associate will identify and assess environmental injustices in people of color and low-income communities.  They will collaborate with community residents and students to identify hazards and find strategies to reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts. The Research Associate will also identify community strengths, amenities, and assess resilience. Tasks will include managing community engagement and research activities, training of community residents collaborating with the project, training of student assistants, tracking and management of project activities, and helping to prepare reports and scholarly publications. The Research Associate will also help to track and manage budgets related to field research activities.

To help advance the community hazards, amenities, and resilience assessment research and engagement activities for the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative at the Yale School of the Environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of and conduct community hazards, amenities, and resilience assessment research and engagement.
  • Supervise the work of the student research assistants. Having a strong understanding of their projects, will identify and provide resources, and directing their work to keep them on task and on track for completion.
  • Manages the data collection, inputting and analysis for the project.
  • Collaborate on creation, tracking, and maintenance of research databases.
  • Oversee communications with all members of the program team, as well as across programs to ensure teamwork and collaboration.
  • Manages the tracking and organizing of research activities.
  • Partners with the Principle Investigator to conduct literature reviews and prepare drafts of scholarly publications.
  • Identify, engage, and maintain connections with community partners.
  • Trains community partners and student research assistants to identify the location and condition of community green spaces such as parks, urban farms and gardens, rain gardens, bioswales, polluting sites, trash disposal areas, sites of flooding in rain events.
  • Must be able to travel; some evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license at the start of the appointment

Applicants should submit the following with their application: a cover letter, resume or curriculum vita, transcript – from your most advanced degree, one 10-25 page writing sample that showcases scholarly writing and that is sole-authored and the names and contact information (telephone number and email) of three people who can serve as references.

Essential Duties

  1. Carries out research within the scope of the established study protocol. Adheres to all human subjects regulations as defined by Yale University and the federal government that pertain to research studies.
  2. Develops criteria for admission of study subjects based on goals and objectives of project.
  3. Determines potential sources of funding and prospective partnerships.
  4. Evaluates feasibility of accepting potential projects through analysis of staffing needs, resource requirements, financial costs, and current planned capacity of group. Negotiates contracts and/or changes with funder.
  5. Develops original HIC/IRB submissions.  Based on knowledge of science and research goals, collaborates with PIs on major revisions and contributes to scientific protocols.  Plans and implements changes.
  6. Develops forms, questionnaires and the application of research techniques; writes procedures manuals for data collection and coding.
  7. Responsible for the documentation and transmission of study data.  Ensures that report forms are accurately documented and completed in a timely manner at each site location.
  8. Works independently to develop manage and organize multi site studies.  Serves as primary coordinator between University, non-Yale collaborators, pharmaceutical companies, HIC, IRB and funding sources.
  9. Performs descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  10. Designs and implements quality control measures to ensure accurate collection and processing of data.
  11. Contributes in-depth, original thought and relevance to written reports and to the writing of abstracts and manuscripts.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a related discipline and two years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strong oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent advocacy skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Spatial analysis (with GIS or similar software).

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Statistical analysis (with SPSS, R, SAS, or similar software). Ability to do qualitative and quantitative research surveys.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Must be able to travel; some evenings and weekends may be required.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

A valid driver’s license at the start of the appointment.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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