Research Associate

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Job Description Summary:

At The George Washington University, the rank of University Professor is the highest “Regular Active Status” faculty position codified by the Faculty Code at the University. Only a very few members of the George Washington University faculties ever achieve this position. It is reserved for a select few individuals who have attained the accomplishments and associated stature to be so recognized. These individuals rely on a team to support their research efforts and amazing work. Reporting to the University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies, the Research Associate will contribute to such work.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Independently conducts research with minimal supervision to advance the research agenda of the University Professor of Medical Humanities in the areas of African American medical history, history of medicine, bioethics, and health equity.
  • Consults with the University Professor about larger research goals, methodologies, and sources and monitors research schedules and deadlines.
  • Conducts research in libraries, online databases, and archives and writes reports detailing analyses and findings.
  • Communicates with colleagues in archives and libraries regarding research questions.
  • Reviews, revises, and edits articles, chapters, books, and reports written by the University Professor in preparation for publication.
  • Assists in the development of oral presentations, including preparation of slides.
  • Contributes to the dissemination and translation of the University Professor’s research through oral and written communications.
  • Manages the University Professor’s social media portfolio.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with scholars and staff at universities, research institutes, libraries, and archives.
  • Represents the University Professor at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Writes grants and manages grant and research project budgets.
  • Organizes and maintains research files, databases, and the University Professor’s office library.


  • Supervises and assists in the hiring of undergraduate research assistants.
  • Coordinates events, talks, and special activities for the University Professor with external constituents.
  • Arranges the University Professor’s travel for research trips, conferences, and speaking engagements, and manages her appointments and calendar.
  • Coordinates and submits reimbursements.

The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC and may require travel throughout /outside of the metropolitan area of the Washington, D.C. to conduct additional research. The incumbent may perform other 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:

Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree and 1 year of experience in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
  • Has research experience in the humanities
  • Is proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Is a resourceful, strategic, and creative thinker with expert research skills and sound analytical abilities
  • Is a self-directed, organized professional with strong interpersonal skills and good judgment
  • Has experience supervising junior staff or interns
  • Has experience managing social media platforms and web development
  • Has a strong editorial and communication background


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Academic Affairs Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:30am -5:30pm 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 order to gain a better understanding of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

Applicants who are advanced in the process may be required to submit a writing sample.

Internal Applicants Only? Posting Number: R000486 Job Open Date: 02/23/2018 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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  2. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 3/2/2018
    Application Due: 3/16/2018
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