Undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in global health are invited to apply for research assistant positions with the Program on Global Health and Technology Access. Research assistants are given the opportunity to take part in many program activities and research projects. Work study is available, but not required. If you are interested, please send a cover letter, writing sample, CV and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position provides an opportunity to work with the Program on Global Health and Technology Access (GHTA) at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The Program on Global Health and Technology Access is a program of scholarship, policy convening, and teaching on globalization and health equity, particularly viewed through the lens of innovation and access to health technologies. As part of its work, the Program explores alternative policy models and strategies of R&D that would advance innovation and access to essential medicines, especially for those in low- and middle-income countries; investigates patterns of the ownership and sharing of knowledge to improve innovation of such health technologies; and organizes policy convenings of key stakeholders on these issues. The Director of the Program is Anthony So, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Global Health, who also serves as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research. The Program serves as the Strategic Policy Unit of ReAct, a global network committed to raising policymaker awareness over antibiotic resistance; has supported the work of intergovernmental organizations, from the WHO’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research to the UN Development Program; and completed commissioned work for the Institute of Medicine and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. The Program also oversees an NIH Fogarty grant on the “Political Economy of Tobacco Control in Southeast Asia,” a regional research and capacity building effort that serves to enable those in Southeast Asia to respond more effectively to the challenge of tobacco use for the long term and on their own terms.
Responsibilities of the student research position include:
• Support and participate in research activities, including literature reviews, gathering and analyzing primary data, supervising student Research Assistants as needed, and generating policy memos and analyses. Prepare sections of journal articles, book chapters and other scientific papers and conduct the necessary literature searches required for their preparation.
• Working with the Program Director and research staff, prepare reports for funding agencies, briefings for policy meetings, and abstracts/presentations for domestic and international meetings.
• Review journals, abstracts and scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments and to obtain information regarding previous studies to aid in the planning of new studies.
• Work closely, although at times independently, with Program staff to support policy and research convenings, including identifying key areas, developing objectives and agendas, coordinating logistics and producing strategic outputs.
• Support the management and development—with other team members and partner organizations—of fellowship and training programs, from the Program’s graduate seminar course to the Global Health Fellows Program.
• Assist with the drafting of meeting agendas, presentations, policy briefings, case studies, classroom exercises, IRB protocols, grants, journal articles, or other writings with the Director.
• Apply multimedia tools and develop materials for the Program’s activities, including on-line web site postings, wiki additions or recorded interviews.
• Support the creation of Program presentations, including the effective use of Powerpoint or multimedia elements, for the classroom as well as on- and off-campus talks.
• Handle administrative needs of the Program, from correspondence and the filing of reimbursements to scheduling and travel itinerary arrangements.
• Support the Director in other Program activities as needed.