Technical Research Assistant Needed ASAP

February 2016

Position Title: Research Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Assistant will be responsible for completing a number of technical research activities related to the following studies: the National Evaluation of the Quality of Child Care (ENCCI-El Salvador) project, the Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) study, and other research studies within the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR).

All work will be performed under the supervision of the Research Coordinator and/or other international sector research staff as needed. Work activities may include (but are not limited to) any of the following:

  • Create test suites (Unit & Integration) for in-house data collection applications
  • Add and/or modify features in existing data collection applications
  • Conduct pilot-testing of study tools with research staff
  • Create, edit, or update documentation on the data collection applications
  • Conduct basic analyses of study data
  • Offer end-user support for data collection applications
  • Perform technical literature reviews
  • Maintain a record of completed activities and progress
  • Perform other research-related administrative tasks as required

Qualifications for Position:

  • Proficiency in any of the following programming languages/frameworks: Ruby (Ruby on Rails), JavaScript (AngularJS), Java (Android)
  • Familiarity with UNIX and version control tools such as Git
  • Knowledge of software design patterns and best practices in software development
  • Currently enrolled in a college program
  • Experience and/or interest in international research projects

Personal Qualities:

  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with co-workers, partners, and members of the public
  • Ability to learn new material quickly
  • Flexibility and the willingness to be accommodating in order to promote the success of research projects managed by the organization
  • Interest in learning about global health research; mentoring provided
  • Self-motivation and high efficiency; that is, the ability get work done without direction but to know when to ask questions
  • Passion for addressing health inequalities and global health research

Hours Per Week: This position will be paid hourly for up to 10-15 hours per week. The position will be based in our Durham office on Trent Drive.

To Apply: Please contact Alisa Barrett at Please include your resume/CV and a brief description of why you are interested in the position.


2016 Summer Internship Program

The Duke Global Health Institute’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) will be accepting Summer interns later in the Spring 2016 semester. Please check back for updates.


Check out the projects from previous years:

In 2013, CHPIR’s interns (Reese Sim, Amrita Rao, Anna Perry, Michael Hu and Rebecca Whetten-Goldstein) worked with CHPIR faculty and staff to produce a research proposal and poster titled, “A research proposal designed to assess the prevalence of HIV/AIDS; sexually transmitted infections; substance abuse; and to investigate the nutritional status and perceptions of youth in juvenile justice systems of Burundi, Kenya, and Tanzania.”

Summer 2012 Intern Projectchpir internship This past summer of 2012, our Interns Sarah Bridger, Sarah Berman, Tori Wilmarth, Karina Soni and Emily Jorgens conducted an IRB-approved research studying the connection between cell phone applications use and medical adherence to PrEP. PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a new, daily pill that helps to reduce contraction of HIV up to 90 percent. Our interns designed and implemented the entire project — from creating the focus group questions to recruiting subjects to participate in the study. The interns have been selected to present their work at the 6th annual ISIS Conference on Youth, Technology and Sexual Health happening in early April.

Summer 2011 Intern Project

In the summer of 2011, our interns (Ayanna Brummel, Francesca Locklear, Dan Smith and Brittany Jones) produced a project called Transportation and Resource Reference Indicating Provided Services (TRRIPS), delineating the most frequented HIV services in Durham county and the manner of transportation patients use to access these services.

Summer 2010 Intern Project

CHEFS bulletin board on display at the Early Intervention Clinic at the Durham Health Department

In 2010, the CHPIR interns collaborated on a cookbook of healthy and affordable recipes which they named CHEFS, Cooking Healthy Easy Foods while Saving. The cookbook received praise from around the university for it’s aims to help low-income families and people with chronic health issues to eat healthy. The Duke Obesity Prevention Program even decided to include some of the CHEFS recipes in the mailings sent out to their SHAPE program participants. (Full Duke news article)