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Research Scientist

George Washington University
Mount Rainier, MD
Closing date
May 26, 2024

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Job Description Summary:

GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health is known for conducting cutting-edge research, contributing to policy making, faculty and curricula grounded in real-world experience and proximity to national health science and policy leaders. The school has 7 academic departments, a number of centers focused on research and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management seeks a full-time Research Scientist. The Research Scientist works with the Research Director in planning, designing, and conducting wide-ranging health policy research focusing on community health centers, the health care safety net and medically underserved communities and populations. This individual helps plan research studies, develops and implements surveys and other qualitative analyses, analyzes and interprets both quantitative and qualitative data, and prepares research findings for publication. The scope of this work requires statistical analysis skills, experience analyzing qualitative data, data management experience and strong writing skills.

Duties include:
  • Designs and conducts policy research.
  • Collects, processes, and analyses data.
  • Performs statistical analyses, including selecting the appropriate analysis procedure, setting up data for analysis, judging validity and reliability of data, designing and writing programs to perform analyses, and producing written reports on the result of the analyses.
  • Presents project results to internal and external parties.
  • Develops survey questionnaires and focus group and interview guides.
  • Writes briefs, blogs, reports, and articles for peer-reviewed and other publications.

The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

The position is based at GW's Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Master's degree plus 5 years of experience or a PhD plus 2 years of experience in a related discipline to include at least 2 years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work to be performed. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working on Medicaid, health care safety net, and related health policy topics.
  • An understanding and familiarity with key national or state health care data sets.
  • Significant knowledge in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Proficient use of statistical programs, e.g., SAS, STATA, SPSS, R.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team setting.
  • General experience with analyzing health policies, regulations, or legislation.
  • Strong verbal communication and exceptional writing skills.

Typical Hiring Range
Commensurate with Experience.


Campus Location:
Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)
Research and Labs
Field Research
Individual Contributor
Level 4
Full time -> FTE 1.00
Hours Per Week:
Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Will this job require the employee to work on site?
Employee Onsite Status

Required Background Check
Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only?
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If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:

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Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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