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Research Assistant

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

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Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

The Research Assistant at the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Services Policy & Practice joins a vibrant team supporting the activities of the Department and related projects. The Research Assistant is involved in fast-paced non-laboratory research aimed at examining the performance of health systems around the world. Current topic areas include mapping patient care trajectories, global pharmaceutical spending and accessibility, social spending and health, health inflation, and climate change and health.

The Research Assistant works closely with the Professor (PI) and other research team members on a wide range of project-related tasks, including data collection, simple data analysis, literature reviews and synthesis, drafting of reports, organization of project materials, and assistance with development of research proposals. The Research Assistant conducts structured interviews, interacts with remote team members, coordinates project communications, and develops scientific reports and presentations. This individual works as part of a team to compile and analyze information using a variety of statistical software applications. The position also performs additional related tasks as necessary. All tasks may be performed independently and/or without direct supervision in an on- or off-site location.

Required: Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) with 1 year experience in health services research (or related field). Coursework in related fields can substitute for experience.
• Experience with healthcare data, medical literature review
Job Competencies
• Ability to set goals and work independently to manage both short- and long-term responsibilities
• Flexibility to adapt to changing work conditions

• Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills
• Computer skills (word processing, data management, Power Point, reference manager)
• Self-reliant, organized, flexible and able to prioritize multiple research activities
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Proficiency analytic software including but not limited to Excel and R
• Possess a willingness and ability to support diverse and inclusive environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses a computer which results in repetitive motion.

Physical Demands:
This is largely a sedentary role that involves sitting most of the time. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures.

Additional physical demands and working conditions: Hybrid Eligible

All candidates must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification that are satisfactory to Brown University.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 6/30/2025 which may be extended based upon available funding.

Recruiting Start Date:


Job Posting Title:

Research Assistant


Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice


Grade 8

Worker Type:


Worker Sub-Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:

Full time

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Position Work Location:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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