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Student Research Assistant at CLF

Throughout each academic year, the CLF provides opportunities for a limited number of Johns Hopkins University undergraduate and graduate students to work with staff and faculty as student research assistants (SRAs). The duration of work is subject to work priorities and funding. It may or may not last for an entire academic year. During the academic year, SRAs typically work with the Center between 8 and 19 hours per week. The hours required for each position are specified in the description below. CLF compensates SRAs at a rate competitive with other JHU student positions.

SRAs are important members of the CLF Team. They are involved in challenging work assignments and receive helpful supervision and mentoring from CLF staff members. Work responsibilities can involve a range of skills and expertise, including: conducting scientific literature reviews; data collection, performing data analysis; contributing to the development of scientific papers and synthesis documents; providing project assistance for CLF activities; and developing communication materials to inform education, advocacy and policy activities. Performing administrative support activities is also part of a SRA's scope of work. SRAs are encouraged to attend CLF-sponsored seminars and lectures that may be scheduled throughout the year.

Details for available positions for the 2017-2018 school year will be posted in mid-July 2017.

CLF is currently offering the following Student Research Assistant positions.

  1. Food System Lab @ Cylburn Research Assistant
    Scope of work: Assist with farm work and educational programming at the Food System Lab @ Cylburn, an urban farm run by the Center for a Livable Future. Responsibilities include assisting with both farm operations and educational programs. Farm operations include feeding fish, monitoring water quality, planting, harvesting and other projects. Assisting with educational programs includes developing and implementing activities for students and teachers from K-12 schools focused on aspects of food production and the Baltimore food system, as well as hosting a weekly, two-hour open house every Sunday. May also assist as needed with general CLF Education programming and program evaluation.
    Education: Undergraduate or Master’s student
    Hours: up to 19.5 hours/week, starting immediately
    Skills: General knowledge of and interest in food systems and public health. Experience in education, farm tours and/or farming and gardening is preferable but not required.
    Special Requirements: Includes weekend hours. Must provide your own reliable transportation to Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue.
    To apply, please send application materials per the instructions below to Jesse Blom at by Friday, February 17, 2017.
    Process and additional information will be provided to selected shortlisted applicants only o/a February 24, 2017.

  2. Meat Consumption Influences and Trends Research Assistants (2)
    Scope of work: As part of CLF’s role with Meatless Monday, CLF has identified the need to understand more about meat consumption in the US, including what and how much people eat, how consumption differs by age, demographics, gender, etc. Additionally, what drives meat consumption and what messages and internal and external factors influence people to change or consider changing how much meat they eat? Is there a difference in those who become vegetarian and those who choose to eat less meat overall?  The research assistant will assist CLF with a literature review to collect and categorize research and survey data about meat consumption behavior and interventions. The research assistant will be a co-author on the manuscript. In addition to these specific projects, there may be smaller research and data tasks assistance needed.
    Education: 2 positions available - 1 Masters student; 1 Doctoral student
    Hours: 10-15 hours/week
    Skills: Experience with literature searches, data collection, coding and cleaning. Strong research and writing skills. Strong written and verbal communication. A friendly manner and team work ethic. Initiative and ability to work independently. Attention to detail and good organizational skills. General knowledge of nutrition and sustainable diets.
    Special requirements:  Proficiency in MS Office Suite. Proficiency with EndNote or similar program desired. Must have the ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds.
    To apply, please send application materials per the instructions below to Rebecca Ramsing at  by Friday, February 24, 2017.
    Process and additional information will be provided to selected shortlisted applicants only o/a March 3, 2017.

Instructions for Applying for a CLF Student Research Assistant Position
Completed CLF RA Application Form
An updated CV or resume describing your work experience, academic background, specific skills and expertise.
Two or three references and contact information, to include both academic and work setting references.

  • A writing sample of a paper you have developed from start to finish and that involved a review of literature.
  •  A cover-letter outlining the following:
    • which position you are applying for;
    • why you are interested in working with CLF;
    • what you hope to gain through working with CLF;
    • a brief description of what you see yourself doing in five years.