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Job Req ID:  68337

Research Assistant

Housing mobility programs are designed to address systemic discrimination in the housing market by helping low-income families move from areas of concentrated poverty into lower poverty neighborhoods, dramatically changing multiple social determinants of health. The Mobility Asthma Project (MAP) recruited a sample of 140 children with asthma who moved through a housing program. MAP is designed to assess whether moving led to sustained improvements in their asthma and if this was due to changes in their environmental exposures. 


We are seeking a Research Assistant  (RA) for the Mobility Asthma Program (MAP) who will work under general supervision and will support the research program with study data collection and organization. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: patient interviews, data collection, data entry (scanning and verifying collected data for accuracy), organizing and cleaning collected information; records management, and communicating with team members on the status of project.  The RA will work to recruit, screen, consent, and enroll interested families.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • General knowledge of the research and applies basic analytical skills to administer assigned projects, and to identify situations requiring special attention.
  • Conduct routine, in-home, patient interviews requiring some weekday flexibility (8:30 a-5:00 p, 9:00 a-5:30 p, 10:00 a-6:30 p, or 11:00 a-7:30 p) and possibly an occasional Saturday workday.
  • Prepare air pumps for home deployment and weigh dust filters upon return.
  • Screen and assess eligibility criteria for potential study volunteers at the housing mobility program’s office and by phone, explain study procedures and obtain consent, coordinate/schedule patient follow-up appointments.
  • Collect data from patient medical records and questionnaires administered in visits and participant’s homes and by phone.
  • Prepare and code data entry, enter and maintain databases. Monitors data quality and accuracy as required by research protocol.
  • Act as primary contact for study participants, which may include scheduling, confirming appointments.
  • Help track study visits to ensure appropriate visit interval and visit flow
  • Ensure that case files and accompanying paperwork are organized and current.
  • May perform routine clinical procedures, e.g. height, weight, etc…
  • Basic data management including data tracking and cleaning, creating summary statistics, and creating and revising tables for use in presentations and publications.
  • Conduct literature searches to support faculty in research efforts.
  • Help format papers for publications including bibliographic materials.
  • Clerical and other duties as assigned.
  • We will train the RA to conduct home assessments including environmental air monitoring and dust sampling; perform clinical measures of pulmonary function (spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide); collect urine and microbiome samples, perform blood draws with participants ages 5-17 and provide participants education on strategies designed to reduce allergens in their homes.



  • Travel to locations on/off campus including participant homes and partner organization housing mobility program office. Access to own vehicle strongly preferred.
  • Flexible schedule including some evenings as stated above and occasional weekend hours (no more than possibility 1 day per 2-3 months).


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline and some related work experience. 
  • Additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.



Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Generalized knowledge of research and ability to apply basic analytical skills. 
  • Good communication and written skills. 
  • Works well with others.


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the 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. 


Classified Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.42 - $22.57/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon - Fri, 40hrs 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Public Health

Department name: ​​​​​​​Health Policy & Management -IHSP 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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