Research Assistant

Johns Hopkins University

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General Description

The research assistant will work in the Office of the President to provide in-depth research and analytical support to senior staff in the form of briefings, memos, literature reviews, and other written materials. The research assistant must be an excellent researcher and writer, have strong quantitative skills, possess knowledge of public policy and/or related social science research areas, and be able to work quickly with depth and precision. Specific projects will evolve, focusing on a range of policy issues and perspectives in areas such as the changing landscape of higher education, including COVID-related impacts; campus democratic and civic engagement; university collaboration with industry and community; and urban social and institutional challenges. The candidate must be a disciplined self-starter who enjoys working in a fast paced and flexible environment.

Primary duties and responsibilities of the job include:

  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis.
  • Preparing memos, briefs, and other written materials for President’s Office senior staff.
  • Communicating complex information in clear, precise, and compelling prose.
  • Ensuring that materials prepared for senior staff are accurate, fact-checked, and proofed.
  • Monitoring and analyzing developments and major issues in higher education and other policy arenas to remain informed and proactively address issues germane to ongoing research projects.
  • Developing and sustaining contacts with faculty, staff, and other constituents within and outside the university, as necessary to create thorough work products.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and some related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing research support to senior faculty members or policymakers strongly preferred.
  • Experience in conducting formal research and writing and drafting memos and briefs.

Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills with high attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical research and writing skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data in a social science and policy context.
  • Knowledge of grammar usage and academic style guidelines.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information quickly.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while balancing competing priorities and managing multiple assignments.
  • High degree of flexibility and self-motivation in order to deliver high quality work product.

NOTE: Please include three writing samples with resume and cover letter.

Classified Title: Research Assistant
Working Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD
Starting Salary Range:$31,707 – $43,572; commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F 8:30 – 5:00 Evening and weekend work is required.
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus
Department name: 10000002-President Office of
Personnel area: University Administration

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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