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Research Assistant, Parenting and Early Childhood Research Group

Brief description of research assistant (RA) role:
Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) faculty member is looking for a Bachelor’s level RA to join a dynamic research and evaluation team. The RA will be responsible to work on 2-3 different community-based federally-funded projects that focus on interventions for families with young children challenged by trauma, substance misuse and/or immigration. One of the studies is conducted in Spanish so fluency is a requirement. The RA will receive full-time employee benefits at Boston University, including tuition remission.

Employment type: 32 hour fully benefitted position.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate to experience and education.

Research Assistant Responsibilities:
  • Manage data collection (i.e. tracking and monitoring; entering and cleaning data).
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative, in-person interviews with study participants.
  • Communicate with clinicians and site liaison to ensure proper, accurate data collection.
  • Prepare progress reports for funders and the BU Institutional Review Board.
  • Prepare IRB applications and reports.
  • Monitor study databases and appropriate software (eg. Excel, SPSS, NVivo).
  • Create visual representations of data relating to research evaluation for reports and presentations.
  • Edit and summarize study interviews.
  • Other administrative tasks as needed.

Applicant Qualifications:
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (speaking, reading, and writing).
  • Bachelor’s degree (Behavioral/social science, public health, social work or related major).
  • Undergraduate research experience.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications, database programs, quantitative and qualitative analytical software preferred (ex. Excel, SPSS, NVivo).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Resourceful, effective at problem-solving and ability to handle multiple project assignments.
  • Cultural sensitivity required (the ability to communicate and interact professionally and respectfully with people of a different race, ethnicity, ability, social class, gender, and sexuality).
  • Driver’s license required and access to a vehicle is a plus (or ability to use a ZipCar). 

To Apply:
Please submit your application via Handshake, or by emailing your resume (include up to three references), a half-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position, related experience, and future career aspirations, and an unofficial transcript for any undergraduate or graduate work to Ashley Short Mejia at in one .pdf file. Please reference the job title in the subject of your email.