Research Assistant I/II/III

Military REACH at Auburn University   Auburn, AL   Full-time     Research & Development
Posted on November 10, 2021
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Job Summary

**This is a one-year limited term appointment, continuation of employment is contingent upon continued grant funding and employee performance.** 


The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), through a partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the US Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), is seeking candidates for the position of Research Assistant I/II or Research Associate I/II to support the work of Military REACH. 


Military REACH provides high-quality resources to the DoD in the form of research and professional development tools across the spectrum of family support, resilience, and readiness. In collaboration with the larger research team, this individual will assist and contribute in the creation of research products (e.g., research summaries, annotated bibliographies, comprehensive reports) that are easy to read for diverse audiences and focus on the translation of science into application. Additionally, this position will have an outreach component, such that this individual will be actively engaged in promoting access to military family research through our online library, social media, and other outlets. 


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

This individual will assist the Military REACH research team in planning, developing, and completing research reports, specifically brief summaries and comprehensive reviews of the literature. This person will also play an integral role in ensuring that our research products are publicly available to a wide range of audiences (e.g., helping professionals, policy makers, military leadership, military families). This outreach work includes working with our web development team to make sure our online library is up-to-date and creating engaging content that conveys scientific findings in everyday language. 


This position is currently a one-year position but may be extended annually dependent on continued grant funding and performance. 


Veterans and military-affiliated applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Essential Functions


The person in this role will …

- Search through empirical research from several disciplines (e.g., family science, psychology, sociology, communications) to find studies related to the well-being of military families, keep clear records of identified research, and manage databases to store the research.

- Work collaboratively with the larger research team to assist in the management of research summaries, which includes coordinating with project faculty, graduate students, copy editors, and the design team, assigning tasks to those involved in the writing process, and writing, reviewing, and editing research products as needed.

- Assist in the development of research reports by delegating tasks to the research team, tracking the progress of each report, conducting literature reviews, and synthesizing published research pertaining to the well-being of military families as needed.

- Assist in translating research into practical tools and information for our key stakeholders (e.g., social media, newsletters, families page).

- Act as the liaison between the research-focused graduate students and the Principle Investigators/Co-Investigators. 

- Coordinate with the web development team to ensure research products are in our online repository.


Minimum Qualifications

Entry into the applicant pool requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Human Development/Family Science, Communications, Organizational Management, Public Relations, Public Health, Public Administration, Health Services Administration, or a relevant discipline appropriate to the position (focus related to the program); and training in the design, implementation, delivery, and management of educational programs/services. An understanding of effective communication concepts; leadership skills to manage a diverse, collaborative team and demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills; proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher; and proficiency in the operation of office equipment and search engines are also required.