Research Assistant

Maryland, United States
$16.10-$22.12 commensurate with experience
10 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10-$22.12 commensurate with experience
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Varies up to 7 hours per day 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General summary/purpose:

The Global Public Health Observatory (GPHO) is a public health research and training platform offering faculty, investigators, professional epidemiology students and research partners a physical and methodological infrastructure for their operational research and training activities.

This project is conducted by the GPHO in partnership with the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS), and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA). The project seeks to enhance the capacity of service providers with reliable and up-to-date data on the mental health and social support needs of immigrant and refugee youth. In recent years, BCPS has received an unprecedented number of youth from different regions of the world. To enhance support services and systems to address the specific health needs of this population, it is crucial to study immigrant and refugee youth’s unique and shared health risks and protective factors. This research will inform the development of City School’s services, and support MIMA’s efforts to develop policy and advocate for health equity in Baltimore City.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Support in the development of study materials and reports.
  • Travel to field sites (Public Schools) to collect data, administrating research questionnaires or/and conducting face-to-face interviews, following the predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures, and documentation standards.
  • Working with the PI, study research coordinators, BCPS social workers, and other members of the team.
  • Code and verify the quality and completeness of the data under the research protocol procedures and enter data into a secure database for subsequent analysis.
  • Assist in the tabulation, analysis and reporting of the gathered data.
  • Assist in manuscript preparation.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Some related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 

30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • The successful applicant should have good communication skills, be responsible, organized, willing to learn, reliable, capable of maintaining good teamwork and highly motivated.
  • Able to use STATA or SAS (capable of running basic data analysis).
  • If hired, the applicant needs to complete the CITI and HIPPA trainings to conduct research with human subjects.
  • Spanish or Arabic speaking is a plus.
  • Prior clinical or human subjects research experience.
  • Prior experience with immigrant and refugee populations.
  • Knowledge if Epi Info or other data collection applications is a plus.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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