Research Assistant, School of Public Health, Environmental Health

Massachusetts, United States
27 May 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health is looking for a full-time staff person to work as a Community Engagement Coordinator for two research centers, and work with the Community Engagement Leader as a Research Assistant. The Community Engagement (CE) Coordinator position is part of the Center for Research on Environmental & Social Stressors in Housing across the Life Course (CRESSH- and the Boston University Superfund Research Program ( In both Centers, the primary function of the CEC is to facilitate the translation of research from the Centers to relevant community stakeholders, and to facilitate communication between communities and the research centers. The CEC Coordinator will attend community meetings as well as team meetings and conference calls of Center investigators, and monthly calls with other Center CECs and funders from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  

The study on which the CE Coordinator will be most involved includes intensive indoor air exposure monitoring within homes in Dorchester, MA. Data collection is complete, and the CE Coordinator will work with study partners and research assistants in Dorchester, Boston, and at Harvard School of Public Health to prepare materials for report results back to individual study participants and aggregate findings with the larger community. The CEC Coordinator will also work with Superfund and CRESSH investigators and community partners in Boston and New England on assisting community groups with their environmental health needs related to toxic chemicals and pollution. 

The CE Coordinator will also be responsible for management of external communications (e.g., website, newsletter,) between the Centers, partner organizations and with the public at large. This includes generating content and writing lay summaries of scientific articles.

Essential Function 1: Carry out the day-to-day programmatic activities of the Community Engagement Cores.

Essential Function 2: Manage external communications between Center investigators, core leaders, community partner organizations and with the public at large.

Required Skills

Bachelor’s Degree and 1-3 years' experience required. Candidates must be detail-oriented, demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. An interest in environmental health is strongly preferred as this position encompasses a range of research support activities including reviews of scientific literature and preparation of manuscripts on social and environmental stressors, health inequalities and community engaged research. The position is ideally suited to candidates currently or considering pursuing graduate work in environmental health. An interest in science communication is helpful as the individual will use the Center’s research to develop materials and activities for lay and professional audiences. The position will require regular travel to Dorchester, Chelsea, and occasionally New Bedford, MA.  

Preferred knowledge and skills: Familiarity with web site maintenance and social media, experience working with community-based organizations, quantitative research experience.  

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
Position Type Full-Time/Regular
Salary Grade Grade 71