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Summer JHU Research Assistants at CLF

The Center is recruiting for a limited number of graduate student research assistants to work this summer. The positions will provide programmatic, research, and administrative assistance to CLF staff and faculty. Responsibilities could include a range of duties such as web-based research, report writing, data cleaning and data entry, data analysis, literature review, event planning, maintaining social media tools, and communication material development. Performing administrative support activities is part of a Research Assistant's scope of work, but generally involves no more than 20 percent of work hours. Research Assistants are encouraged to attend CLF-sponsored seminars and lectures that are scheduled during the summer months.

  1. Research Assistant: Maryland Food System Map

Scope of work: Assist with data collection, cleaning, analysis and potentially map making for the Maryland Food System Map and compile and create resources on best practices using GIS in food systems work across the nation.  The tasks will involve collecting and cleaning data for the Maryland Food System Map GIS database and some data analysis and map making. Additionally, a review of food systems projects across the nation utilizing GIS will be conducted. Interviews may be conducted with key informants. The student will occasionally assist with general writing and administrative tasks.
Skills required: Attention to detail. Ability to perform data analyses. Good writing skills. Ability to work independently and on a team. Excellent interpersonal skills. Experience conducting interviews preferred. GIS experience preferred but not required.  Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Education: Masters student preferred.

  1. Research Assistant: Meat Consumption Influences and Trends Literature Review

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, data tasks, and other administrative tasks as needed.
Skills required: Experience with literature searches, data collection, coding and cleaning. Strong research and writing skills. Strong written and verbal communication. Initiative and ability to work independently. Attention to detail and good organizational skills. General knowledge of nutrition and sustainable diets.
Hours: 15-20 hours/week
Education: PhD student preferred.

  1. Research Assistant: Technical Assistance to Meatless Monday

Scope of work: The research assistant will assist CLF with providing technical assistance to the Meatless Monday campaign. The assistant will help with Meatless Monday (MM) events and related social media coverage primarily related to MM activities at JHU.  Other tasks will involve assisting with research, data collection, literature reviews, cleaning, and coding on projects evaluating Meatless Monday (MM) implementation. There will be opportunity to contribute to the CLF Meatless Monday blog posts as well.  In addition to these specific projects, the student will occasionally assist with general writing and administrative tasks. 
Skills required: Ability to engage and reach out to different groups. Initiative and ability to work independently. Attention to detail. Good communication and organizational skills.  Experience with literature searches, data collection, coding and cleaning. Good writing skills. Experience with social media.
Hours: Up to 37.5 hours/week
Education: Masters student preferred, undergraduate student will be considered.

  1. Research Assistant: Food Policy Networks

Scope of work:  Assist CLF staff in support of Food Policy Networks (FPN) project to build the capacity of organizations and individuals to work on collectively to shape their local and state food system through policy by creating resources and surveying food policy councils.  The tasks will involve working with the FPN project staff on the development of resources and events to engage food policy councils (FPCs) in federal legislation, research on various policy and organizational development topics of interest to FPCs, such as labor, immigration and community engagement, and data management of multi-year information about FPCs.  Assistance with additional planning, research projects, and other administrative tasks as needed.
Skills required:  Keen attention to detail and organized. Strong writing and communication skills. Ability to work independently. Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Education:  Masters student preferred, undergraduate students will be considered.

  1. Research Assistant:  Farmed Oyster Supply Chain

Scope of work: The federally funded project aims to study how farmed oysters from the Chesapeake Bay and the West Coast move from producers to consumers through supply chains, and use this information to understand the regional food system, product traceability, and food safety.  The student will assist with study participant recruitment and interviews for case studies, assist with background data collection, draft case reports, conference abstracts, and slideshows.  Assistance with other administrative tasks as needed.
Skills required: Experience with case study methodology, qualitative methods, and interviewing people is strongly encouraged. Other general skills that are encouraged are: team working experience; scientific writing; strong interpersonal skills; and general knowledge/interest in the food system and supply chains. Business, Economics, and Public Health students and other related disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Other administrative tasks as needed.
Hours: 15 hours/week for most weeks. Full time for 2-3 weeks.
Special requirements: Applicants must be available to participate in occasional offsite interviews in the Baltimore-DC region on weekdays.
Education: Current doctoral students and masters students are eligible to apply.

  1. Research Assistant: Food System Lab at Cylburn

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 from 1pm-3pm. May also assist as needed with general CLF Education programming and program evaluation.
Skills required: 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: Special Requirements: Includes weekend hours, including Sunday open hours 1-3pm. Must provide your own reliable transportation to Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue.
Hours: 10-20 hours/week
Education:  Undergraduate students and masters students are eligible to apply.

  1. Research Assistant: Use of Antibiotics in North American Fish Farms

Scope of work:  Assist with an analysis of the use of antimicrobials and other chemicals in aquaculture (i.e., farmed seafood) production in North America, and associated public health risks.  The research assistant will work on identifying, collecting, analyzing, and summarizing various data sources related to the use of antimicrobials and other chemicals in specific aquaculture production settings and associated public health risks. Information collected will include drug and chemical usage reports, permits and policy documents, and relevant journal articles and reports. The output is a peer-reviewed journal article summarizing our results. Ideally, the student RA will play a critical role in data analysis and manuscript writing, and may be a co-author on the manuscript.  Other administrative tasks as needed.
Skills required:  Applicants should have strong scientific writing skills, experience conducting research reviews (covering the peer-reviewed and gray literature), excellent attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills. Familiarity with environmental health and the food system is preferred.
Hours: 20-30 hours/week
Education: PhD student preferred, masters students will be considered.

  1. Research Assistant: Food Waste and Food Date Labeling

Scope of work: The primary responsibilities of the RA will be to work with Drs. Neff and Moran to support logistics for, analyze, summarize, and report on experimental work to identify most trusted sources of information for a date labels campaign and (depending on policy developments) to test potential campaign messages. Duties may include, but are not limited to: supporting project logistics, data cleaning, data analysis, creating a report and manuscript on the results of stakeholder interviews. Other duties may include writing content for the CLF blog and performing other writing, research, and administrative duties as needed to assist with FSSPH or broader CLF projects.
Skills required:  The ideal candidate is an undergraduate student entering senior year or recent graduate continuing on to a graduate program in the fall; Has experience and/or training in basic data analysis, excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of health communications, food systems, public health, and wasted food issues; Maintains a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; Has strong attention to detail and recognizes the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; and Is an independent worker who can also work effectively in the CLF’s collaborative team-oriented environment.
Special requirements: Must have a computer
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Education: Undergraduate senior or masters student.

  1. Research Assistant: Food System Policy and Literature Review

Scope of work: Assist with literature reviews and writing for several policy projects related to food systems and national security, the diversification of agriculture and reintegration of animals into crop production systems, and other nutrition and agriculture policy issues as they arise.  The tasks will include policy research (literature reviews), writing, and editing for several CLF reports.
Skills required:  Excellent writing and communications skills. Experience performing literature reviews.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Education: Masters or PhD student preferred.     

  1. Research Assistant: CLF Website Redesign Project

Scope of work: The intern will help to audit and archive our website content in order to make progress on a redesign. The intern will assist with prime tasks associated with the redesign of the CLF website. Specifically, working closely with CLF’s web redevelopment team on tasks associated with the construction of database tools for our new website. The work required assigning identification tags to documents in the current database as well as reviewing other database documents for tagging. The individual will be involved in helping out with other communications tasks, including distribution of promotional materials at JHSPH and Homewood campuses; working with our senior program coordinator on the development of postings to CLF’s social media properties; and assisting our digital assets manager with maintenance of CLF’s graphics libraries.
Skills required: Database skills. Organizational skills. Knowledge of social media.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Education: Undergraduate and masters students will be considered.

Start date:  o/a June 5, 2017
End date:  o/a August 25, 2017
Hours:  between 10 - 37.5 (depending on position filled)
Salary range:  Commensurate with educational level

Applications for CLF student summer research assistants must be received by 5 PM on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

  • If selected for consideration, in-person and/or telephone interviews for will be conducted the week of April 17th, 2017.
  • Final decisions and offers for CLF summer RA positions will be made by Friday, May 5th, 2017.

Instructions for Applying for a 2017 Summer JHU Student Research Assistant
Please submit the following to clf@jhsph.edu. Please submit the following to clf@jhsph.edu by 5 PM on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017:

Complete the CLF RA Application Form and provide -

  • 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:
    • why you are interested in working with CLF;
    • what you hope to gain through a CLF research assistant’s experience;
    • a brief description of what you see yourself doing in five years.