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Research Associate for Multi-state Response to Drug Overdose Crisis

The Department of Health Policy and Management is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to coordinate data collection efforts as part of a rapid-cycle initiative to respond to the drug overdose crisis in multiple states. 

The Research Associate will support the development of data collection instruments, help coordinate the fielding of surveys and participate in the analysis of the survey data. Surveys will be used for program planning and needs assessment purposes as part of the broader overdose reduction initiatives, and may focus on diverse issues such as drug treatment, harm reduction, and coordination with law enforcement agencies.

The Research Associate will work in close partnership with partners providing technical assistance to states and with the partnering state and local government on all phases of data collection and will also work with a multi-disciplinary research team at Johns Hopkins. 

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience and a masters or doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, public policy, applied statistics)
  • Substantial prior experience managing and implementing primary data collection
  • Experience related to public health programs in the United States (experience related to substance use and underserved populations is a preferred but not required)
  • Knowledge of applied statistics and experience analyzing data
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks, and work with competing demands to meet deadlines
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Interest and experience in working on a team-based research environment

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Sara Whaley at  

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