Thursday, July 23, 2015

Research Assistant Position Appropriate for Recent Grad, Board on Global Health of the National Academies

The Institute of Medicine serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. Established in 1970 as the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.  The Board on Global Health (BGH) is concerned with advancing the health of populations worldwide.

The Research Assistant performs a number of basic research functions and activities that facilitate the research efforts of staff researchers. Conducts searches and compiles information or data and may assist in analyzing basic research results. Tasks may include data entry and extraction, data conversion, manipulation, retrieval, editing, documentation, and formatting charts, graphic displays and tables. Updates and maintains databases. Assists with administrative duties related to programs/projects.
Under the guidance of more experienced staff, this entry-level research job performs basic program research and writing in support of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education and related projects. Some tasks may be complex, but most decision-making can be made within pre-determined approaches. Incumbent may perform related administrative and clerical tasks, but the primary focus of the job is providing research support.
1. Conducts database, website, and literature searches in various national/international publications to identify articles and other information that may provide pertinent data in support of programs/projects. Researches, compiles, and organizes journal articles and other research materials. Verifies references noted by committee members. Collects bibliographic, statistical, and other information and incorporates pertinent information into project’s bibliographic and reference files.
2. Updates and maintains databases and files pertaining to programs/projects. Maintains email and distribution lists.
 3. Researches and organizes information about committee member candidates, speakers, and forum members.
4. Attends and participates in meetings and workshops.
 5. Performs fact and reference checking for reports. Inputs edits into report drafts. Creates reference lists, bibliographies, figures, graphics, and tables for reports. Formats figures and tables.
 6. May ensure Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Governing Board Executive Committee (GBEC) compliance. Ensures Current Projects System (CPS) is posted and updated in a timely manner, the Public Access File is maintained, and documents are properly archived.
 7. May perform related administrative duties including meeting planning, coordinating travel arrangements, organizing materials for meetings, and corresponding with committee members.
 8. May participate in report dissemination activities.
 9. May serve as a mentor or resource to support staff.
Click here to read more and to apply. Application deadline July 31.