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Research Assistant

Apply now Job no: 500575
Work type: Part-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary

Nearly 500,000 legally innocent people in the U.S. are currently in pretrial detention. The inability to afford bail prevents many from being released from jail pretrial, disproportionately impacting Black Americans and people living in poverty. Recent cash bail policies have been aimed at eliminating financial barriers to bail and reducing jail incarceration. This includes policies in New Jersey, which in 2017 implemented one of the most comprehensive pieces of bail reform legislation to date. This project, led by Jaquelyn Jahn (Drexel University) and Jessica Simes (Boston University) aims to provide advocates, practitioners, and policy makers across the U.S. with evidence about the community health effects of eliminating cash bail in order to equitably reduce pretrial detention in New Jersey and beyond.

The research assistant will work closely with project PIs to compile, clean, and maintain several datasets for analysis, as
well as assistance with data documentation and protocols. The project includes a wide range of health outcomes and datasets (e.g. death and birth vital statistics data, PRAMS, NVDRS etc.). There will also be the opportunity to help with statistical analyses for manuscripts and presentations and receive co-authorship, or lead publications depending on interest.

Essential Functions

  • Compile, clean, and maintain several datasets for analysis
  • Produce data documentation and protocol
  • Statistical analyses for manuscripts and presentations

Required Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related quantitative social science field
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    1. MPH/MS/doctoral student
    2. Strong data compilation and data management skills in R (especially in tidyverse)
    3. Intermediate statistical knowledge
    4. Organized and attentive to detail
    5. Excellent English oral & written communication
    6. Mature, able to work independently
    7. Human subjects research certification (this can be obtained online after being offered the job)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with data visualization in R
  • Experience with geographic information systems software (ArcGIS) or mapping in R
  • Interest in the following: structural racism as a fundamental cause of racial health inequities, criminal legal system policy change and decarceration
  • Searching PubMed and other literature databases and working with Zotero bibliographic software


  • University City

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Additional Required Documents

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Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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