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Student Research Assistant at CLF

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

Research Assistants are important members of the our team. They are involved in challenging work assignments and receive helpful supervision and mentoring from 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 the Center's activities; and developing communication materials to inform education, advocacy and policy activities. Performing administrative support activities is also part of a RA’s scope of work.  Our RAs are encouraged to attend CLF-sponsored seminars and lectures that may be scheduled throughout the year.

CLF is offering Research Assistant positions for the following project.

  1. Food waste prevention: Reducing Resource Use at the Seafood-Energy-Water Nexus
    Scope of work: The RA will work on a project to quantify and reduce water, energy use, and waste in the global seafood supply chain.  Primary tasks will be to: perform literature reviews and background research on resource use in aquaculture, including Life Cycle Assessment; and/or perform and analyze qualitative interviews and surveys of consumers regarding their perspectives on seafood purchasing. Duties may include, but are not limited to: supporting project logistics and recruitment, performing interviews, qualitative data analysis, database management & secondary data collection, writing a report and academic manuscript. 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 other CLF projects.
    Skills required: The ideal candidate is a PhD student who has experience and/or training in qualitative data collection and analysis; Life Cycle Assessment; Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of food systems, public health, seafood, 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 a collaborative team-oriented environment.
    Special Requirements: Must have a laptop
    Hours: 10-19.9 hours/week – 2 positions are available for this project.
    Education: PhD student preferred; Master’s will be considered.

All applications must be received by midnight, October 15, 2018.
Selected shortlisted applicants will be notified o/a October 22, 2018.

Instructions for Applying.

Please submit the following to by October 15, 2018.

  • Completed 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* (you may list more than one);
    • 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.

*Indicating a preference for one position will not keep you from being considered for other open CLF Student Research Assistant positions.