Senior Research Associate

Washington, D.C.
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of the university’s academic units, providing the foundation for GW’s commitment to the liberal arts and a broad education for all students. The college encompasses 42 academic departments and programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional studies, and 28 research centers and institutes. An internationally recognized faculty and active partnerships with prestigious research institutions place Columbian College at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture and transforming lives through research and discovery.
Psychology is one of the largest undergraduate programs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences with respect to the number of declared majors. In addition, the department awards approximately 10 PhD degrees each year through its doctoral programs. At all levels of instruction, the educational programs make extensive use of and focus upon the Washington, D.C. area’s many and varied resources.
The Psychology Department is seeking a full-time Senior Research Associate for mixed-methods research in the realm of HIV prevention and sexual health promotion among racial and sexual minority groups. A central focus of the work is HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is antiretroviral medication taken by people who are HIV-negative to prevent HIV infection. Current projects include:

1. PrEP’ing for Health Project
This is a mixed-methods, NIH-funded project that (a) examines healthcare provider attitudes, experiences, and biases as related to prescribing PrEP, (b) explores Black men who have sex with men’s (MSM’s) attitudes and experiences related to PrEP and patient-provider sexual health communication, and © pilot tests a provider-targeted educational intervention to promote PrEP awareness and culturally competent PrEP care. More information about the project can be found here:

2. PrEP’ing Planned Parenthood Project
This is a mixed-methods, Yale/NIH-funded project aimed at optimizing PrEP implementation at Planned Parenthood health centers and exploring capacity for future post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) implementation. The project includes an assessment of Planned Parenthood patient and clinician attitudes and experiences related to PrEP and PEP as well as a comparison of 2 different PrEP implementation strategies. PrEP and PEP implementation will be supported for all patients, but the project emphasizes PrEP and PEP for women and the integration of biomedical HIV prevention services with women’s reproductive healthcare.

3. PrEP’ing DC Black MSM Project
This is a mixed-methods, DC CFAR/NIH-funded project aimed at optimizing social marketing of PrEP to Black MSM. This project includes assessment of acceptability and preliminary effectiveness of different visual marketing imagery via online surveys and in-person focus groups with Black MSM. The project involves collaboration with the DC Department of Health to translate findings to social marketing of PrEP in DC.

Responsibilities Include
• Quantitative data entry, cleaning/recoding, and codebook (variable key) development using Excel and SPSS
• Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses
• Programming and managing Qualtrics online quantitative surveys, including complex gating logic
• Participant recruitment
• Focus group coordination and facilitation
• Development of qualitative codebook in Excel, coding of qualitative data in NVivo and Dedoose, and thematic analysis
• Literature searches
• Assistance with manuscript and grant writing
• Management of project day-to-day operations and administrative tasks
• Collaboration and coordination with community and local government partners
• Participation in weekly research team meetings
• Performs other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a master’s degree and 3 years of direct experience in the field.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

o Qualitative research experience (focus group facilitation, qualitative data coding and analysis)
o Manuscript-writing experience/co-authorship of peer-reviewed scientific publications
o NIH grant-writing experience
o Background
knowledge/experience/advocacy in the realm of HIV prevention and/or sexual health disparities among racial and sexual minority groups
o PhD or master’s degree in psychology, public health, or related discipline
o Quantitative research experience, including quantitative survey programming and data management
o Quantitative analytic skills and prior coursework, including expertise to independently perform descriptive and inferential analyses in SPSS (e.g., ANCOVA, linear and logistic regression, factor analysis)
o Strong organizational and time management skills
o Strong capacity to multitask and task-shift according to demands of multiple projects
o Very close attention to detail
o Strong interpersonal skills


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 830am-530pm Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to completing the online application, curriculum vitae, description of your interest and experience related to the position, and contact information for 2-3 references should be emailed to Dr. Sarah Calabrese at Please add to the email header: Curriculum vitae, description of interest and reference information in response to the Senior Research Associate position.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000303 Job Open Date: 05/09/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interest
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