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Student Research Assistant at CLF

Throughout each academic year, the Center for a Livable Future provides opportunities for a limited number of Johns Hopkins University undergraduate and graduate students to work with staff and faculty as Research Assistants (RA). The duration of work is subject to work priorities and funding and it may not last for an entire academic year. During the academic year, RAs typically work with the Center between 8 and 19 hours per week. The hours required for each position are specified in the descriptions below. CLF compensates RAs at a rate competitive with other JHU student positions.

Research Assistants are important members of our team. They are involved in challenging work assignments and receive helpful supervision and mentoring from staff members. Work responsibilities can involve a range of skills and expertise, including: conducting scientific literature reviews; data collection, performing data analysis; contributing to the development of scientific papers and synthesis documents; providing project assistance for the Center's activities; and developing communication materials to inform education, advocacy and policy activities. Performing administrative support activities is also part of a RA’s scope of work.  Our RAs are encouraged to attend CLF-sponsored seminars and lectures that may be scheduled throughout the year.

CLF is offering Research Assistant position for the following project.

Research Assistant: Immigration Reform and Food System Change

Scope of work: Assist with policy research to update the 2017 research report titled “Public Health, Immigration Reform, and Food System Change”. This work will include qualitative and policy research skills. This position will also support other general research and writing requests related to policy program work. The tasks will involve working with all food system policy program staff and coalition partners to update the 2017 report “Public Health, Immigration Reform and Food System Change” to reflect current political changes related to immigration reform. The work will also likely include utilizing qualitative research methods to uplift the voice of farmworkers and farmworker advocacy organizations. In addition, this student will assist with other general research and writing requests related to policy program work including written public comments, policy briefs, CLF reports, and background material for external research partners.
Skills required: Strong qualitative research methods; Strong research and writing skills; Familiarity with immigration policy preferred.
Special Requirements: Must have a computer.  Spanish oral and written fluency preferred.
Hours/Week: 10 – 19
Level of education: Master’s level preferred, but not required.

Start date:  o/a September 16, 2019
End date:  o/a May 15, 2020
Hours:  Between 10 – 19 hours per week (depending on position filled).
Salary range: Commensurate with educational level

Applications for CLF student research assistants must be received by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14th, 2019. Process and additional information will be provided to selected shortlisted applicants only o/a October 18th, 2019.

Instructions for Applying for a 2019-2020 CLF Student Research Assistant
Please submit the following to

  • Completed CLF RA Application Form
  • An updated CV or resume describing your work experience, academic background, specific skills and expertise.
  • Two or three references and contact information, to include both academic and work setting references.
  • A writing sample of a paper you have developed from start to finish and that involved a review of literature.
  • A cover-letter outlining the following:
    • why you are interested in working with CLF;
    • what you hope to gain through a CLF research assistant’s experience;
    • a brief description of what you see yourself doing in five years.