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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% of work hours. Research Assistants are encouraged to attend CLF-sponsored seminars and lectures that are scheduled during the summer months. 

We currently have the following opportunities available: 

  1. Research Assistant: CLF Transitional Program (Health Externalities)

Scope of work: The student will assist with research activities around examining health externalities of global food systems and analyzing strategic policy interventions to address these externalities. The tasks will involve working with the Center Director and faculty to support research activities, including literature reviews, gathering and analyzing primary data, and generating policy memos and analyses. Additional responsibilities may include preparing sections of journal articles and other publications as well as reports for funding agencies, briefings for policy meetings, and abstracts/presentations for domestic and international meetings and for in-class teaching. Besides this, the student may also assist with designing policy convenings, develop materials including multimedia for the project’s activities, and handling other general administrative needs.
Education:  Doctoral student preferred or Master’s student with 1-3 years of experience in economic modeling, data analysis, or policy
Hours: 37.5 hours/week, occasional weekend hours
Skills: Outstanding initiative and ability to work independently and solve problems creatively, highly organized with excellent ability to set priorities among multiple tasks, strong interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills essential, preferably with a track record of organizing activities and/or managing staff or projects, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet searches, skills in website design and multimedia including graphic design as well as video production are also welcome, proficiency in advanced data analysis software including STATA, Tableau, SPSS, and other programs are an added plus.

  1. Research Assistant: CLF Transitional Program (Trade)

Scope of work: The student will assist with research activities around the intersections between global food systems and trade policy. The tasks will involve working with the Center Director and faculty to support research activities, including literature reviews, gathering and analyzing primary data, and generating policy memos and analyses. Additional responsibilities may include preparing sections of journal articles and other publications as well as reports for funding agencies, briefings for policy meetings, and abstracts/presentations for domestic and international meetings and for in-class teaching. Besides this, the student may also assist with designing policy convenings, develop materials including multimedia for the project’s activities, and handling other general administrative needs.
Education: Doctoral student preferred or Master’s student with 1-3 years of experience in economic modeling, data analysis, or policy
Hours: 37.5 hours/week, occasional weekend hours
Skills: Outstanding initiative and ability to work independently and solve problems creatively, highly organized with excellent ability to set priorities among multiple tasks, strong interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills essential, preferably with a track record of organizing activities and/or managing staff or projects, demonstrated ability to conduct economic modeling or statistical and data analysis, experience analyzing trade data or policies is preferred, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet searches, proficiency in advanced data analysis software including STATA, Tableau, SPSS, and other programs are an added plus, skills in website design and multimedia including graphic design as well as video production are also welcome.

  1. Research Assistant: Public Health and Sustainable Aquaculture Project

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will complete tasks such as combing federal funding databases to identify funds allocated for aquaculture research and analyzing these data for trends, themes, and specific topics of importance to the aquaculture project.
Education: Master’s or Doctoral student
Hours: 7-10 hours/week
Skills: The Research Assistant should be able to read and comprehend scientific abstracts, have experience working with large datasets and creating graphs and tables, should have good writing and communication skills and the ability to use a reference software.  The applicant should be able to work independently and should have an interest in translating research to policy

  1. Research Assistant: Food System Lab @ Cylburn

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will 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 feeding the fish, monitoring water quality, assisting the farm manager with plantings, harvests and other projects, and hosting a weekly, two hour open house every Sunday.
Education: Undergraduate student
Hours: 6-10 hours/week
Skills: General knowledge of and interest in food systems and public health. Experience growing produce and/or with fish is preferable but not required.
Special requirements: Includes weekend hours. Must have reliable transportation to Cylburn Arboretum, 4916 Greenspring Avenue.

  1. Research Assistant: Community Supported Agriculture Project

Scope of work: The intern will work with the CLF Communication team primarily supporting the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Project. The intern would work Monday afternoons (3.5 hours) to help with CSA drop off and distribution, including meeting with representatives from One Straw Farm and Franciscan Center; assisting with ongoing CSA publicity efforts; and communicating with CSA members on an ongoing basis. The intern would also assist with other communications tasks, including distribution of promotional materials at JHSPH and Homewood campuses; development of postings to CLF’s social media properties; and maintenance of CLF’s graphics libraries.
Education: Undergraduate student
Hours: 10 hours/week
Skills: Customer service experience. Organizational skills. Knowledge of social media.
Special requirements: Must be able available at the beginning of the CSA each Monday (1-6 pm).

  1. Research Assistant: Maryland Food System Mapping Project

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will assist in data collection for the Healthy Food Availability Index (HFAI) survey in Baltimore City, part of the Maryland Food System Mapping Project. The HFAI survey is conducted every 3-4 years in all food stores within Baltimore City, and the data is used in the CLF’s food desert analysis. The tasks will involve physically visiting all 850+ food stores (supermarkets, corner stores and convenience stores) and compiling data for the survey. Ideally, there will be 4 research assistants working together, collecting data in teams of 2. Once data is collected, it will be entered into a database for further study.
Education: Undergraduate student
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Skills: Comfortable working out in the field, i.e. all areas of the City. Keen attention to detail. Strong data entry and data cleaning skills. Ability to work independently and in teams. Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
Special Requirements: Experience with field data collection and familiarity with food systems a plus, but not required.

  1. Research Assistant: Meatless Monday

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will assist CLF with providing technical assistance to the Meatless Monday campaign. The tasks will involve assisting with research, data collection, cleaning, and coding on upcoming projects evaluating Meatless Monday (MM) implementations at schools and universities. The assistant will assist with MM events and related social media coverage primarily related to MM activities at JHU. In addition to these specific projects, there may be smaller research and data tasks assistance needed.
Education: Master’s student preferred or undergraduate with required experience
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Skills: A friendly manner and team work ethic, initiative and ability to work independently, attention to detail, good communication and organizational skills, experience with literature searches, data collection, coding and cleaning, experience with social media.
Special Requirements: Proficiency in MS Office Suite. Experience with STATA.  Must have the ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds.

  1. Research Assistant: Food Policy Networks

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will assist the Food Policy Networks (FPN) project to build the capacity of organizations and groups to work on local and state food policy by surveying food policy councils, engaging members in a photo contest to visually describe food policy, and sustaining a resource library on food policy. The tasks will involve working with the FPN project director and senior project officer to: conduct an annual update of the Food Policy Council directory survey by distributing and collecting responses; to launch and manage a national food policy photo contest; to organize an in-person meeting of the FPN advisory committee; and to manage the resource database by adding new resources and developing materials for food policy councils.
Education: Master’s student preferred or undergraduate with required experience
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Skills: Keen attention to detail and organized, strong writing and communication skills, ability to work independently, proficiency in MS Office Suite. Experience with project management and familiarity with food systems a plus, but not required.

  1. Research Assistant: Baltimore Food System Resilience Project

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will assist with Baltimore Food System Resilience Project, including analysis and reporting on key informant interviews with Baltimore’s food system stakeholders. Project tasks may include summarizing information for the Food System Resilience Plan; reviewing and coding interview transcripts; contributing content to a manuscript for publication about food system resilience. Other duties may include reviewing relevant literature, contributing content to the CLF blog and performing other writing, research, and administrative duties as needed to assist with FSSPH or broader CLF projects.
Education: Master’s or Doctoral student
Hours: 35-37.5 hours/week
Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, knowledge of food systems, public health, and sustainability/resilience issues; maintains a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; experience and/or training in qualitative research methods (esp. analysis), ideally has used qualitative data analysis software; 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.

  1. Research Assistant: Food Waste Project

Scope of work: The Research Assistant will assist with food waste projects including policy research and the development, collection, and analysis of food waste diaries for a pilot project.  The RA will work to collect, code and analyze food waste diaries, provide guidance to participants, and summarize results in a report. The Research Assistant will also code and analyze food waste policies.  Other duties may include reviewing relevant literature, writing content for the CLF blog and performing other writing, research, and administrative duties as needed to assist with FSSPH or broader CLF projects.
Education: Master’s or Doctoral student
Hours: 35-37.5 hours/week
Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, knowledge of food systems, public health, and sustainability/resilience 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.

Start date:  o/a June 6, 2016
End date:  o/a August 26, 2016
Hours/week:  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, March 27th, 2016.  

  • If selected for consideration, in-person and/or telephone interviews for will be conducted the week of April 11th, 2016.
  • Final decisions and offers for CLF summer RA positions will be made by Monday, April 25th, 2016.

Instructions for Applying for a 2016 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 March 27th, 2016. It must be received no later than 5 PM on March 27th, 2016.

  • 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.