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Research Assistant, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 24, 2022
Title Research Assistant, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Community Health


The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine is an academic department within the Tufts University School of Medicine located on the Health Sciences Campus in Boston. Technical and academic assets within the department provide a strong research support system for federally-funded research.


Its 30 full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees in epidemiology, biostatistics, sociology, anthropology, law, medicine, nutrition, biology, engineering, health policy, economics, social policy, education, social work, and the behavioral sciences. Department research includes a focus on the following thematic areas: health equity, health communication, nutrition and infection, infectious disease epidemiology, health policy and health care delivery, environmental health, the opioid epidemic, and global health.

Department faculty are methodologically strong and diverse, with expertise in biostatistics, survey research, program evaluation, qualitative methods, dietary assessment, GIS, and spatial epidemiological analysis.


What You'll Do

In collaboration with Principal Investigator performs literature review, develops and modifies techniques and protocols. Coordinates the day-to-day management of the study, conducts key informant interviews, recruits study participants, and supports data management.  Analyzes data, interprets results and assists in writing materials for publication and presentation.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by a Bachelor’s degree in science and 3-5 years of related experience OR Master’s degree in Public Health and up to one year of experience
  • Must be comfortable working with people who use drugs
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency: Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word
  • Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation and be able to travel to Lowell on a regular basis
  • Ability to work successfully and patiently under pressure, understand and follow policies and procedures, and accommodate change
  • Ability to take responsibility for assignments, work independently, and as part of a team
  • Experience handling confidential materials with discretion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MPH in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or mixed methods preferred
  • Training in public health or social sciences (e.g., sociology, anthropology, social work, criminal justice)
  • Experience working with community members with substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Experience working with REDCap, and Qualtrics programs desirable
  • Familiarity with statistical and spatial analysis software highly desirable (Stata, SAS, R, ArcGIS)
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) language skills: reading, verbal, writing   

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

The research assistant will be required to travel to Lowell, MA on a regular basis to conduct research activities.



An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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