Senior Research Assistant

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Job Description Summary:

Team Represent is a dynamic interdisciplinary research team headed by Dr. Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Social Psychology. The team includes a Project Director, Dr. Jenn Massie; a Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Ana Maria del Ro-Gonzlez, and three doctoral studies in the Applied Social Psychology Program. Various undergraduate and graduate research assistants also assist us with our work as volunteers or for academic credit. Using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, Team Represent conducts a variety of research projects focused on behavioral and structural aspects of HIV and substance use prevention with Black men; intersectionality; maternal and child health; and Black lesbian, gay and bisexual health. The Senior Research Assistant will report to the Project Director (PD), Dr. Massie and will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Lisa Bowleg and research staff. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the PD in organizing and coordinating our ongoing research projects, and assisting with the Team’s grant-writing and publication and dissemination work, including our new website and helping to grow our social media presence to assist with recruitment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Coordination:

  • Monitor and adhere to project timelines and deliverables for multiple studies.
  • Monitor recruitment projections to ensure that recruitment targets are met;
  • Maintain Team REPRESENT calendar and scheduling staff meetings under direction of PD and PI.
  • Assist with recruitment in terms of street and community outreach and social media.
  • Edit study instruments, materials and protocols under PD and PI direction.
  • Per the PD’s approval, purchasing general supplies and equipment; and assist the PD with interviewing and hiring research assistants.

Scientific Writing:

  • Assist with preparation of scientific technical reports, study protocol manuals, IRB protocols, annual continuation reports to the IRB, NIDA/NIH and the Kellogg Foundation.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis under the direction of the PD and PI.
  • Assist with the preparation of study manuscripts for submission for peer-reviewed publication (e.g., conducting literature reviews, writing, developing tables).
  • Assist with the preparation of research presentations and posters; and assist with the development of grant proposals.


  • Note-taking during staff meetings.
  • Maintain and update Team REPRESENT website and study-related social media sites.
  • Maintain Teamwork Project Management software.
  • Coordinate study-related travel arrangements.
  • Oversee timely reporting of project expenses in Concur for PD, PI and other staff.
  • Conduct other administrative tasks under the direction of the PD and PI.
  • 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:

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS 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:
  • Previous experience as a project coordinator on a NIH-funded study.
  • Enthusiasm for community-based research.
  • Co-authorship on social science peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience presenting at or preparing presentations/posters for professional conferences.
  • Prior research coordination or assistance experience.
  • Excellent organizational and attention-to-detail skills.
  • Written and oral communication proficiency.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Comfort with flexible and changing workload and work settings.
  • Capacity for innovative problem-solving.
  • Comfort and experience working with Black and LGBT communities.
  • Experience and/or proficiency with SPSS, SAS, qualitative software (e.g., Nvivo, Atlas-ti), Word, Excel, Power Point,
  • Internet; qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods knowledge and/or experience.
  • Good interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, amiability and ease with talking and interacting with different people in diverse settings to facilitate recruitment and outreach.
Typical Hiring Range $19.40 - $27.45 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Service and Support Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM 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:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000699 Job Open Date: 12/07/2018 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.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Have you ever conducted or assisted with recruitment for a study?
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * How would you describe your interpersonal skills relevant to interactions with diverse people and communities?
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * What is your experience with developing systems to facilitate effective project coordination?
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. * Do you have previous project coordination experience on NIH, foundation-funded research?
    (Open Ended Question)
  5. * Describe your experiences with working in teams. What do you like best? What do you like least?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents





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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/8/2018
    Application Due: 1/8/2019
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