Duke University, Margolis Center for Health Policy

Position ID:Duke-MCHP-20768_RASSTCH [#20768, 1420]
Position Title: Research Assistant (Focus in Child Health)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Health Policy and Health Services Research
Appl Deadline:2022/01/21 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/12/10, finished 2022/07/23, listed until 2022/01/31)
Position Description:    

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Research Assistant (Focus in Child Health)

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University (Duke-Margolis) seeks to address critical health policy challenges and improve health, health equity, and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions. The interdisciplinary nature of Duke-Margolis brings together policy experts, researchers, health care professionals, and students from across Duke’s schools of medicine, nursing, law, public policy, business, and engineering, and fosters extensive relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. These relationships span foundations, private sector organizations, state and federal governments, and global entities. The Center fosters excellence, leadership, and scholarship at every level.

Occupational Summary

Duke-Margolis has an opening for a Research Assistant to support Duke-Margolis research and policy projects focused in child health equity. The work will involve a variety of complex activities in research, project coordination, writing, and analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data. Primary responsibilities include conducting health policy-focused background research, drafting summary documents, performing literature reviews, contributing to a range of written deliverable types (e.g., policy briefs, white papers, blog posts, peer-reviewed publications), and supporting Center events and convening. This will include support for project activities through coordination and logistics management.

The worksite for this position will be the Duke-Margolis office on the Duke University campus in Durham, NC. Employees are currently working in a hybrid capacity with a combination of teleworking locally and in-person team collaboration.

Work Performed

Support and perform a variety of complex activities in research, project coordination, writing, and analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data within the scope of research projects at Duke University, focused on specializations in child health equity and child health policy. Contribute to multiple projects under the oversight of a principal investigator and/or senior researcher. Areas of relevance in the health policy domain may include but are not limited to: real-world data and evidence, regulatory science, healthcare delivery and payment reform, health equity, global health, health systems transformation, and the intersection of scientific and regulatory advancement with broader US health policy reforms.

Collaborate with senior researchers to conduct research, perform literature reviews, draft summary documents, and perform extensive writing for a range of deliverable types (e.g., policy briefs, white papers, blog posts, public reports and recommendations, peer-reviewed journal articles) as assigned on a broad range of health policy topics.

Contribute to the identification of potential sources of qualitative and quantitative data, evidence, and information as appropriate for addressing project questions and objectives. Evaluate and interpret data collected from diverse sources. Synthesize and translate complex information from a wide range of inputs into clear and accessible written material for a range of audiences. Prepare oral and/or written reports and analyses to present findings, establish progress, analyze trends.

Produce high-quality written work products and deliverables. Implement and coordinate activities to execute assigned elements of plans and projects.

Support the execution of Duke-Margolis public and expert convenings (e.g., workshops, roundtables, seminars, other varied stakeholder meetings) through topic-focused policy research, preparatory analysis and writing to craft clear and concise materials for stakeholder and expert review and response, coordination, and logistics management for events ranging in size from focused expert panels to large-scale public events.

Support principal investigators and senior researchers in developing draft presentations and speaking points.

Maintain liaison with project participants, project personnel, faculty members, and other relevant parties to support project deliverables and objectives. Coordinate project activities and logistics with stakeholders, industry representatives, and policy professionals as required to support project execution, data collection, and/or dissemination of findings.

Support senior researchers in event planning and preparation. Coordinate with senior researchers and administrative staff to organize and plan convening activities and events relevant to targeted scientific and policy issues.

Contribute to strong and supportive working relationships across the project team(s) and Center.

Minimum Required Qualifications at this Level

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to health equity, health policy, public health, or child health.

Experience: None required above education/training requirements.


  • Strong research and writing experience is required.
  • Strong organizational skills required with administrative, project coordination, and/or project management experience preferred.
  • Policy research skills, including the ability to synthesize content from a broad range of sources, are required.
  • Strong written communication skills and the ability to transform complicated information into easy to understand materials are required.
  • Ability to interact professionally with senior-level individuals (e.g., local, state, and national policymakers), stakeholders, and organizations is required.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a collaborative team is required.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with varied responsibilities and able to respond flexibly to changing needs.
  • Basic quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis capabilities preferred.  Experience using programs such as Stata, R, Python, Nvivo or other equivalent programs preferred.
  • Proficient in use of standard computing software (including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint); capacity to learn additional job-specific programs as required.
  • Training or experience in the fields of health policy, public policy, health equity, public health, or social sciences is preferred.
  • Bilingual working proficiency preferred (Spanish and English)

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Engagements are renewable annually upon funding availability from the Center.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. As part of Duke University's COVID-19 policies and procedures, all faculty and staff are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three References (names and email addresses)

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708