JOB DESCRIPTION: Under limited supervision, uses a basic knowledge of public health principles to analyze, develop, implement, and promote new and creative strategies and solutions to address public health issues and challenges. Addresses public health issues by providing education, technical assistance, advocacy, public awareness, and research. Works with programs or studies designed to evaluate the prevalence or surveillance of public health issues and the effectiveness of targeted interventions. May provide technical assistance to organizations to include presentations, web-based resources, strategies, and educational forums to address specific public health issues. May work with clinical study sites on patient recruitment and data collection standards. Assists with data collection and data analysis. Contributes to proposals, protocols, data analysis plans, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings. May assist in designing, developing, and conducting targeted training initiatives. May collaborate with external organizations to develop action plans and goals to achieve specific objectives. Performs related responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A master's degree in public health, a master's of science degree in public health or health education, or a master's in development practice from an accredited school.
We are seeking a Program Associate to work on multiple projects within our research group. The Levy Research Team currently has two longitudinal cohort studies in Ecuador and Mozambique examining interactions between environmental conditions, enteric pathogens and the gut microbiome. This person’s time will be dedicated to helping coordinate field work in both countries as well as providing logistical support to students and collaborators working on these projects. Some responsibilities for these projects will include coordinating specimen management and flow for the project, developing field and lab protocols, coordinating with and training of field and lab teams in Ecuador, procuring lab supplies, shipping samples and materials, coordinating with other project staff (e.g., database manager).
The other half of this person's time would be dedicated to managing Levy Lab members and supervising other projects within the group. This person will be responsible for data tasks (data cleaning and management); laboratory management tasks (purchasing research supplies; management of laboratory environmental health and safety compliance; laboratory trainings, troubleshooting protocols); administrative tasks (project budget tracking, website maintenance, management of human subjects protocols); and academic tasks (carrying out literature reviews, formatting manuscripts for submission, assistance with the submission of grant proposals). The position involves coordination with colleagues at Emory and other institutions (in particular Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, CDC, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia), and involves supervision of student researchers.
More information about the lab can be found at http://www.klevyresearch.org. This position is located in Atlanta, GA. The Program Associate will have the opportunity to participate in activities of the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation & Hygiene and Hercules Exposome Research Center at Emory, and to take advantage of other resources available at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), one of the nation’s leading schools of public health. RSPH has the benefit of being located directly adjacent to the U.S. CDC.
The successful candidate will have project management experience, in particular experience managing and collaborating with students and staff, overseeing lab projects and assay development, developing standard operating procedures, managing sample flow for research projects, and managing databases. Candidate must be highly organized; have excellent time management skills; have the ability to manage several different projects at the same time; have the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision; have research experience (preferably with multiple different research projects); have excellent written communication skills; and have excellent computer skills. The ideal candidate would have experience carrying out international field research, have experience and understanding of molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid extractions, have training in statistics and epidemiological analysis, and have some working knowledge of enteric pathogens. The preferred candidate would be fluent or proficient in Spanish.