Research Associate - Infectious Disease Team

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Location: On or near the Navajo Nation or White Mountain Apache tribal lands or Baltimore, MD - United States. 

The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is seeking a motivated individual to join the Infectious Disease Control team. This is a multi-faceted position with focus on data and project management. The individual in this position will provide direct support to several faculty members.

The mission of the Center is to work in partnership with Native Nations to raise the health status, self-sufficiency and health leadership of Native American peoples to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: research, service, and training.

The Infectious Disease Control team at the Center for American Indian Health has worked with Native American communities for more than 40 years on research aimed at improving health and reducing infectious disease disparities of high priority to the tribal communities we work with. Projects include disease surveillance, clinical trials, and evaluations of the impact of interventions. Study activities vary and are specific to the approved protocols at the worksite, including vaccine clinical trials.

The successful candidate will have experience with project coordination, grant writing, clinical studies, database management, statistical methods, and be highly organized.

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:

Roles and responsibilities

Below are the key responsibilities associated with this position; however, you may be invited to be a part of projects or activities that fall outside of these core responsibilities.

  • Manage and support databases and data management activities for a variety of clinical studies
  • Write automated computer programs for data cleaning including sending data queries to field sites and updating research databases
  • Perform descriptive analysis for studies and more advanced analyses under the guidance of senior CAIH faculty
  • Develop documentation for studies including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), protocols based on grant applications, consent forms, data dictionaries, protocol summaries, and IRB reports
  • Assist with grant writing for infectious disease control studies conducted by the Center
  • Provide technical assistance and information to collaborating groups working on related projects in childhood and vaccine preventable diseases
  • Perform periodic specimen processing to reinforce laboratory techniques and training
  • Provide organizational guidance for specimen processing and storage and data management
  • Perform QA/QC checks to evaluate specimen processing and data entry
  • Develop and/or support system for specimen storage and organization in the Baltimore and Whiteriver labs

Listed below are a set of skills that contribute to someone being successful in this position. Our Center values the growth and development of all of our team members and there are opportunities to either further develop known skills or learn new ones. 

  • Project management experience and skills
  • Strong communication skills for supervisory, teamwork and feedback purposes
  • Multitasking and dedication to timelines
  • Writing and documentation skills, organizing documents
  • Proficiency with data management and database development including experience with REDCap, Stata or other data management/analysis packages
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for preparation of reports, presentations, specimen tracking system, database management and development, and publication preparation
  • Ability to quickly read and summarize medical and public health literature
  • Knowledgeable of vaccine preventable diseases in high disease burden setting
  • Ability to work within a team-oriented structure

Educational background

  • Master’s degree  
  • Experience in public health, epidemiology or other relevant field
  • Proven track record of productivity


  • Knowledge of the health and social issues facing American Indian and/or Alaska Native populations
  • Experience living in or working with Indigenous communities preferred
  • Willingness to travel on an as needed basis to the White Mountain Apache and/or Navajo Reservations
  • Valid driver’s license required

Contact Information

Send notice of interest to:

Robert Weatherholtz, Director of Operations

Kathleen Norton, Administrative Director

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