Research Associate or Postdoctoral Position for Cancer Care Project

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The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) is seeking a full-time Research Associate or Postdoctoral Fellow. This position will manage the Center’s Cancer Care Project, which has a goal of reducing disparities in cancer education, care access, and outcomes among Native American communities. The project is currently being implemented in partnership with the Chinle, AZ (Navajo Nation) and White Mountain Apache communities, with a focus on addressing disparities in breast cancer and colorectal cancer. The project team aims to design and evaluate new approaches to promote cancer screening and treatment access, incorporating strengths and culture-based approaches into all aspects of the project. The Center is located within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has a mission to work in partnership with American Indians/Alaska Natives to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian/Alaska Native peoples to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: 1) research, 2) service, and 3) training. 

This position will work together with the Center’s faculty and tribal community-based research team to engage community partners and providers, organize stakeholder communication, develop health education materials and intervention tools, develop research protocols, manage budgets and timelines, write grants and report progress to funders, manage qualitative and quantitative data, write manuscripts, and track project milestones. This position offers tremendous growth potential. 

Preferred Location for Position

Albuquerque, NM; Chinle, AZ; Whiteriver, AZ

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:

  • Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: o Managing project timelines and budgets for individual grants, as well as completion of milestones across the Cancer Care Project portfolio. 
  • Coordinating frequent engagement and communication with community partners and providers, in close collaboration with local project coordinators. 
  • Coordinating meetings and communication with external partners, including funders, contracted graphic designers, and national organizations who are doing similar work with Native American communities. 
  • Drafting research protocols (research plans, consent/recruitment materials and assessments). 
  • Creating and maintaining documents related to project coordination and management (e.g., policies and procedures manuals, and project tracking logs). 
  • Providing training on evaluation instruments, human subjects protection, confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment procedures, and program protocol for community-based project staff. 
  • Managing reporting requirements to various funding agencies and IRBs. 
  • Coordinating weekly meetings and daily individual phone calls with project team members to provide support, facilitate cross-site communication, and monitor project progress. 
  • Traveling on regular basis to provide on-site program support, technical assistance and quality assurance. 
  • Assisting with preparation and writing of federally- and foundation-funded grants. 
  • Assisting with preparation of presentations for conferences and writing of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals; representing the Center at national conferences. 
  • Preparing preliminary program research findings, including creation of tables, charts, and graphs to summarize data. 
  • Maintaining knowledge of and involvement with all the Center's behavioral and mental health, infectious disease and training projects. 
  • Assisting with the other Center-wide programmatic duties on occasion as they arise. 

Education & Experience 

Requirement: Master’s degree in public health or related field (i.e., health science, psychology, social work). This position may also be considered as a Postdoctoral position in the same fields. 

Preferred: At least 3-5 years research coordination or research experience in public health; experience in grants management; interest and experience in addressing disparities in the continuum of cancer care. 


  • Strong preference for those who have worked for tribal nations, urban Indian health organizations, or with tribal communities in previous work and/or research 
  • Cross-cultural and community-based participatory research experience 
  • Strong writing, speaking and networking skills 
  • Team player 
  • Strong leadership skills 
  • Organized, efficient and detail-oriented 
  • Independent learner and worker 
  • Flexible and adaptable 
  • Ability to effectively multi-task 
  • Self-motivated and driven 
  • Superb professional judgment and discretion 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point 
  • Working knowledge of Redcap and/or other online data entry and management platforms
  • Experience managing budgets and timelines for multiple projects 


  • Ability to travel to rural tribal community sites, including overnight trips 
  • Clean driving record 

Contact Information

To apply, please submit your resume or curriculum vitae and letter of interest to: Nicole Neault; Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning July 12, 2021. The posting will remain open until filled.

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