RESEARCH STUDY ASSISTANT, School of Public Health, Grade 71
Boston University - Boston, MA

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The position will include management of internal communications between BUSRP project and core leaders as well as external communications with the public at large and partner organizations and agencies (e.g., Alternatives for Community & Environment, Toxics Action Center, the Museum of Science, Mass Department of Environmental Protection, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the US Environmental Protection Agency). In addition to administrative tasks, the research assistant will work closely with committee members to evaluate and create new activities with community, government, and science education partners.

Specific responsibilities include:
1 . Community Engagement

  • Work with partner organizations (Alternatives for Community and Environment, and Toxics Action Center) to get their input on programmatic activities and solicit their environmental health research ideas and questions
  • Assist community groups with exposure assessment activities
  • Provide scientific support as needed or function as a community liaison between community groups and Superfund investigators
  • Participate in, and represent the BUSRP at, community events and local conferences (sometimes on weekends)
2. Research Translation

  • Work with the Museum of Science, Boston, to coordinate events and programs that highlight the science of our BUSRP investigators
  • Plan conference calls for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment highlighting the work of BUSRP and other SRP investigators nationally
  • Assist with jointly sponsored programs of the Northeast SRPs (Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Northeastern)
  • Coordinate meetings of the New England Society for Risk Assessment each year
  • Publicize BUSRP efforts to the wider community through media contacts at BU Medical Campus
3. Administration

  • Maintain several departmental websites, including the website and newsletter which provides updates on the programs and links to relevant information on the Internet
  • Annually establish Scope of Work with partner organizations including details of budgeted support, schedule of payment and progress
  • Work with BUSBRP Financial Administrator to ensure timely payment of invoices submitted in accordance with partner agreements
  • Assist in planning and providing materials for regular meetings of the BUSRP investigators as well as the annual meeting of the External Advisory Committee
  • Annually prepare progress reports as required by NIEHS working closely with the Department of Environmental Health Financial and Grants Administrators and with the Directors of the Superfund Program.
Required Skills

Candidates must be detail-oriented, demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively. An interest in environmental health is strongly preferred as this position encompasses a range of research support activities; the individual may be asked to assist community partners and faculty with research activities involving data collection in the field or reviews of scientific literature. The position is ideally suited to candidates currently or considering pursuing graduate work in environmental health. An interest in science communication is helpful as the individual will use the Program’s research to develop materials and activities for lay and professional audiences. Familiarity with web design preferred but not required.

Required Experience

Bachelors Degree with 1-3 years of experience

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