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Summer Research Assistant at CLF

The Center recruits a limited number of student Summer Research Assistants positions to work during the summer. This year these positions are only open to current JHU students. The positions provide programmatic, research, and administrative assistance to CLF staff members. Responsibilities for each position include a range of duties and activities, such as conducting web-based research, report writing, data cleaning and data entry, data analysis, literature review, and event planning. Performing administrative support activities is part of each CLF Research Assistant’s scope of work, but will generally involve no more than 20 percent of work hours. Research Assistants are encouraged to attend CLF-sponsored seminars, lectures and other activities scheduled throughout the summer.

Students applying for 2021 Summer Research Assistant positions at CLF must be enrolled as a JHU student, reside in the United States and must have their own laptop. There are nine openings at the Center.

Seafood, Public Health & Food Systems Project: Studying seafood supply, demand and consumption throughout US and international value chains (2 positions available)

Scope of work: Research assistants will assist with analyzing country-level food based dietary guidelines (FBDGs); conducting policy analyses of fisheries, aquaculture, nutrition and other country-level policies; analyzing Nielsen grocery store scanner data; and/ or conducting NHANES data analysis and research. Primary tasks will be to gather and analyze data including large data sets, conduct research and literature reviews, and contribute to writing a report and/or an academic manuscript. Duties may include but are not limited to supporting project logistics, writing, research, and administrative duties as needed to assist with SPHFS or other CLF projects.
Skills required: Experience and/or training in quantitative data collection and analysis, competency in SAS and/or R statistical data analysis software preferred; excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of food systems, public health, seafood, nutrition and wasted food issues; a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; strong attention to detail and recognizes the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; and an independent worker who can also work effectively in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 37.5                                        
Level of education: PhD student (Master’s student will be considered)

Seafood Supply Chain Research: Reducing Resource Use at the Seafood-Energy-Water Nexus (2 positions available)

Scope of work: Research assistants will work on a project to understand stakeholder perspectives on potential strategies to reduce waste and use of water and energy in the global seafood supply chain (including wild-caught and farmed seafood). Primary tasks will be to perform and analyze qualitative interviews of supply chain actors regarding their perspectives on strategies to reduce use of energy and water and wasted seafood along the supply chain. Duties include but are not limited to: supporting project logistics and recruitment, recording notes during interviews, performing interviews, qualitative data analysis, writing a report and academic manuscript.
Skills required: Experience and/or training in qualitative data collection and analysis; excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of food systems, public health, seafood, and wasted food issues; a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; strong attention to detail and recognition of the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; and an independent worker who can also work effectively in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 25-30                                    
Level of education: PhD student (Master’s student will be considered)

INFEWS Wasted Food Prevention: Consumer Survey & Case Study

Scope of work: The research assistant will work on a project to quantify and identify interventions to reduce waste of seafood among U.S. consumers. Primary tasks will be to assist with the development of a consumer food waste case study, including supporting project logistics, qualitative interview implementation and analysis, writing a report and academic manuscript. The research assistant may also assist with data analysis and reporting on consumer survey data regarding consumer perspectives on purchasing, consumption, and waste of seafood. Other duties may include performing writing, research, and administrative tasks as needed to assist with FSSPH or other CLF projects.  
Skills required: Experience and/or training related to qualitative research implementation and analysis; quantitative data analysis experience a plus; excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of food systems, public health, and wasted food issues; a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; strong attention to detail and recognizes the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; and an independent worker who can also work effectively in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 37.5                                       
Level of education: PhD student (Master’s student considered with appropriate background)

Measuring Food System Resilience

Scope of work: The research assistant will assist with research to develop indicators of food system functioning and resilience to crises, using secondary data collected throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary tasks will be to quantitatively analyze secondary data measuring food systems, food security, and response policies during the pandemic; assist with writing of manuscript on results; and support dissemination of data to practitioners through reports and other communications. May also perform spatial analysis of data to understand geographic distribution of food system resilience across US states. Other duties may include reviewing relevant literature and performing writing, research, and administrative duties as needed to assist with FSSPH or broader CLF projects.
Skills required: Experience with quantitative data analysis including regression; spatial analysis and ArcGIS experience a plus; excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of food systems, public health, and resilience issues; a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; strong attention to detail and recognizes the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; work independently and communicate with project team remotely; and can work effectively in the CLF’s collaborative team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 37.5                                
Level of education: PhD student (Master’s student considered with appropriate analytic skills)

Covid-19 Food Security & Food Workers Survey

Scope of work: The research assistant will assist with analyzing two surveys, one focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on household food security and the other on food system workers during COVID-19. Tasks include data analysis, writing manuscripts and communication products, and possibly assisting with implementation of follow-up survey waves. The research assistant may also assist with other writing, research, and administrative duties as needed to assist with FSSPH or broader CLF projects.
Skills required: Experience and/or training in survey data analysis; quantitative data analysis skills required; qualitative text analysis skills a plus; excellent writing and organizational skills; able to work independently and communicate with project team remotely; excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge of food systems, food security, public health, and resilience issues; a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; strong attention to detail and recognizes the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; and can work effectively in CLF’s collaborative, team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 37.5                                       
Level of education: PhD student

Covid and Agriculture in Maryland

Scope of work: The research assistant will assist with a qualitative analysis of the impacts of the Covid Stay-at-Home order on fruit and vegetable growers in Maryland. Primary tasks will include qualitative data cleaning (working with raw in-depth interview data), and analysis and quantitative data analysis with farm-level/demographic data, creation of tables and figures, and some writing. Other duties may include research and administrative duties as needed to assist with other FPPH or CLF projects.
Skills required: Experience with qualitative research is strongly desired, especially with the NVivo software package; knowledge of food systems and public health; a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; strong attention to detail and recognizes the value of rigorous analysis and careful work; and an independent worker who can also work effectively in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 37.5                                         
Level of education: Master’s or PhD student

Food Systems Indicators

Scope of work: The research assistant will work on a project to identify and develop a list of vetted food system data indicators that can be used by groups, such as food policy councils, to measure change within a food system over time. Duties include but are not limited to researching, identifying, and applying criteria to a database of food systems indicators, interviewing food systems stakeholders and collecting and analyzing data. Tasks will also involve collecting and cleaning data for the Maryland Food System Map database.
Skills required: Experience with large datasets and public databases; experience with GIS; excellent written and oral communication skills, knowledge of food systems and public health, strong attention to detail; and an independent worker who can also work effectively in a collaborative team-oriented environment.
Hours/Week: 12.5 – 20                              
Level of education: Master’s student

Start date: o/a June 14, 2021
End date: o/a August 27, 2021
Hours: between 12.5 - 37.5 (depending on position filled)
Salary range: Commensurate with educational level

Applications for CLF student summer research assistants must be received by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021.  Process and additional information will be provided to selected shortlisted applicants only o/a May 3, 2021.

Instructions for applying for a 2021 CLF Student Research Assistant
Please submit the following to clf@jhu.edu:

  • 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.