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Job Req ID:  10136

Research Assistant

General summary/purpose

The Research Assistant (RA) will provide support to a multidisciplinary team.  The RA position will focus his/her efforts on assisting with the development of multiple computational simulation modeling projects in the Systems Science Core at the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) in the Health Systems Program. 


Specific duties & responsibilities

Responsibilities include preforming literature searches, gathering data, helping design, develop, run, and analyze, interpret, and present results/outputs from computational models. This will include helping develop models in existing software packages such as TreeAge, Microsoft Excel, as well as working with and guiding the programmer to develop home grown models. Responsibilities also include preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication.


Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  •  Some related experience required.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

* JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *


Preferred qualifications

  • Proficiency in JAVA is a plus.  
  • Candidates should have a basic knowledge of public health practices and principles.
  • Experience with any modeling software (e.g. TreeAge, Microsoft Excel) not required but helpful.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Critical thinking skills and comfortable with computers and various types of software. Must have proficiency in MS Office programs.
  • Ability to learn new software applications is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively in a team environment.


Classified title:  Research Assistant

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/3/CD

Starting Hourly Rate Range: $15.78 - $21.69; commensurate with experience

Employee group: Full Time

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday

Location:  615 N. Wolfe St.

Department name: International Health

Personnel area: School of Public Health



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