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Job ID: 194105

Research Asst
Tufts University

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2022
Title Research Asst
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Tufts University
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology


The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine is an academic department within the Tufts University School of Medicine located on the Tufts 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: environmental health, health equity, health communication, nutrition and infection, infectious disease epidemiology, health policy and health care delivery, the opioid epidemic, and global health. Department faculty are diverse and have strong methodologic and substantive expertise in biostatistics, environmental epidemiology, survey research, program evaluation, qualitative methods, dietary assessment, geographic information systems, and spatial epidemiological analysis.

What You'll Do

The Research Assistant will join the Leveraging Environmental Epidemiology for Equity (LEEFE) Lab. The LEEFE Lab is an active, multidisciplinary team with a research portfolio focused on the role of environmental exposures on developmental, cardiorespiratory, cardiometabolic, and aging outcomes. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to contribute to multiple research projects, conduct data analyses, write scientific papers, present at scientific meetings, participate in writing grant proposals, and mentor undergraduate students. Projects could include: (1) the use of causal inference methods to examine how air pollution exposures relate to -omics signatures and cardiometabolic aging within the Framingham Heart Study; (2) the application of exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology methods to assess developmental outcomes for infants and children in Puerto Rico and mainland United States who were exposed to air pollution prenatally; and (3) the quantification of pollutant-associated cardiorespiratory risks and identification of populations most at-risk using nationally-representative datasets and within cohorts facing environmental injustices. The position is a full-time benefitted position for 12 months. There is a possibility of renewal for an additional year, contingent on performance and availability of funds. Approximate start date: September - October 2022. The Research Assistant may choose to work remotely, in-person, or adopt a hybrid work structure, and does not need to reside in the Boston area. However, the Research Assistant must be eligible to work within the United States, and must work in the United States.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of related experience AND a BS or BA with a major in epidemiology, environmental health, public health, exposure science, biostatistics, bioinformatics, or similar
    OR 0-1 years of related experience and a Master’s degree in epidemiology, environmental health, public health, exposure science, biostatistics, bioinformatics, or similar
  • Proficiency in epidemiologic analysis, evaluation and synthesis of the literature, and manuscript development for scientific meetings and journals
  • Experience with statistical analysis, data processing, data management, and programming using software such as Stata, SAS, or R
  • Solid computer skills and proficiency: Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word
  • Excellent writing skills with experience writing academic and/or scientific papers
  • Highly self-motivated and intellectually curious
  • Excellent time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong ability to take responsibility for assignments, work independently, and work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Receptive to feedback
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience publishing peer-reviewed articles
  • Experience managing and analyzing big data, including experience using high-performance computing resources
  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis and/or interpretation

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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