Deadline: July 29, 2016

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General Description

The Research Project Coordinator will provide research and administrative assistance for two grant-funded projects at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. 

The first is the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program (GFEPP), which will address the critical and complex global issues of under and over nutrition and diet related diseases, poverty, inequity and injustice across the food system, and environmental degradation caused by agriculture. It will focus on exploring these issues, convening experts and leaders to promote sustainable change, and encouraging dialogue between scholars and scientists and the societies that shape the global food system.

The second is Conducting Ethical Research with Pregnant Women in the Emerging Zika Pandemic and Beyond: Challenges Arising in Public Health Crises. This project will produce guidance for how and when pregnant women should be included in research activities for the development of preventative vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics in response to public health emergencies. In the first year, the project will focus on the Zika epidemic. In the following year, the guidance will be broadened for other kinds of emerging health threats and epidemics. To produce this guidance, the research team will be consulting and collaborating with international experts in bioethics, public health, medicine, and health law. These consultations will lead to guidance that is responsive to the specific needs, challenges, and opportunities for research with pregnant women in the context of Zika and other infectious disease outbreaks.


  • Conduct literature reviews and weekly online database searches.  Extract and compile information into briefs and summaries. 

  • Identify experts within the applicable fields of study to provide consultation on projects and coordinate consultation activities.

  • Manage updates and maintenance of the project’s knowledge management platforms.  Conduct qualitative data analysis on results from literary, online, and field research, from a public health perspective. 

  • Assist with the development of practical and sustainable trans-disciplinary recommendations and guidelines as the research progresses. 

  • Assist in the development of work plans for the projects. 

  • Prepare and proofread scientific manuscripts, reports, grant proposals, policy briefs, and articles for publication. 

  • Maintain webpages and social media with updates and highlights; manage email listserv with interesting reports, articles, and media press related to the project subject matter.

  • Coordinate and organize conference calls, meetings, and retreats for the research teams, principal investigators, expert consultants, and other relevant partners. 

  • Ensure meeting space is configured, prepare agendas and presentation material, and record minutes of meetings. 

  • Track project expenditures for compliance with budgetary constraints, and process paperwork for reimbursements. 

  • Provide administrative support for all project activities. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in public health, social science, or related discipline.  Some related experience is required; 3 or more years of experience is preferred.  Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

  • Highly organized, and able to multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines among competing time and resource demands.

  • Effective communicator with excellent written and editorial skills.  Able to analyze data and convey complex concepts to a range of audiences.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), knowledge management platforms, scientific databases, and the ability to quickly learn new programs. Adept in library and online research.

  • Highly motivated individual able to work independently and within the team structure.

Other desirable qualifications include: 

  • Experience working on women’s health issues.

  • Knowledge of basic science, clinical trial design, and/or virology and immunology.

  • Professional proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

  • Experience with qualitative data analysis and familiarity with QDA software.

How to Apply

Please complete an application at and attach a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this opportunity, as well as a resume. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. Berman Institute of Bioethics is an equal opportunity employer.

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