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Research Associate

  • Requisition no: 515229
  • Work type: Part Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Medical Humanities and Ethics
  • Grade: Grade 102
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Non-Union
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 20

Position Summary

The Division of Ethics at Columbia University is seeking a Research Associate to support qualitative research on ethical, legal and social issues related to genetics research and its clinical translation. The Research Associate will work with Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee on projects that will require a combination of administrative and scholarly work.

This is a part-time position with an initial appointment for one year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to study design, data collection, and analysis, and publications. With successful performance and grant funding, the position is renewable.


  • Support research using scientific, medical and legal databases and qualitative data management software (eg. Dedoose, Atlas.ti, NVivo)
  • Support development of research instruments to investigate stakeholder perspectives and decision-making.
  •  Support qualitative data analysis and development of manuscripts, presentations and grant proposals.
  • Must possess strong critical thinking, writing and complex problem solving skills.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster good working relationships on multi-institutional study teams.
  •  Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent time management skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education, training and experience and at least one and one-half year of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in the social sciences, bioethics, public health or related field is required. Candidates should have experience in qualitative research and demonstrate outstanding writing and verbal communication skills. This is a half-time position with an initial appointment for one year.

Other Requirements

  • Application deadline: Open until filled.
    Start Date: To be negotiated with the successful candidate.
    Application Materials
    Please submit your CV, letter of interest, one writing sample, and contact information for
    three references by email to:
    Dounya Alami-Nassif
    Division of Ethics
    Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics

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