Research Assistant II

Posting Number: #1809

Position Title: Research Assistant II

Closing Date: March 25, 2024

Location: Remote, USA

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.


Position Summary

The Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) at the Public Health institute (PHI) designs, catalyzes, and accelerates innovative approaches that advance health, well-being, and equity. Under the direction of PHIL’s Director of MERLIN: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Innovations, the Research Assistant II is responsible for supporting PHIL research and evaluation projects. Major activities include data collection, preparation, and processing; participant outreach and recruitment; and research support across PHIL projects.

This is a remote time-limited part-time position that is expected to last through July 31, 2024. Applicants must be equipped to work from home with reliable internet and computer access.

This position can be filled by up to three 40% FTE (16 hours/week) candidates. Applicants who can meet the job requirements and are interested in working part-time are welcome to apply.

Full pay range for this position: $19.30 to $26.30 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is from $19.30 (minimum) to $22.80 (midpoint) per hour. The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Research Assistant II will be responsible for supporting diverse aspects of PHIL research and evaluation projects. Key responsibilities include:

  • Collect secondary population health and demographic data from existing, publicly-available data sources such as County Health Rankings, American Community Survey, etc.
  • Prepare quantitative and qualitative data for analysis, including information collected via interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Transcribe interview and focus group recordings using, with additional quality checking as needed.
  • Process documents, including capturing key pieces of information from various records such as meeting minutes, group charters, and annual reports.
  • Assist with other research tasks, as needed. Additional tasks may be assigned based on project need and Research Assistant interest, learning objectives, past experience, and/or demonstrated abilities, including:
    • Assist with primary data collection, such as conducting interviews.
    • Assist with data analysis, including quantitative analysis (descriptive and inferential), qualitative (content analysis and process tracing), and/or network analysis.
    • Assist with reporting, including data visualization, writing report sections, and/or preparing supplementary content for inclusion in reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of research and/or administrative experience.
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent).

Other Qualifications

  • Experience collecting, cleaning, and managing data (quantitative and qualitative) preferred.
  • Strong time management skills and an ability to meet deadlines, both prescribed and self-imposed.
  • A high level of PC literacy, including a broad knowledge of Microsoft Office software (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).
  • Critical thinking and reasoning skills.
  • Strong attention to detail skills and an ability to work with minimal errors.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with team members.
  • Ability to progress on several projects concurrently.
  • Understanding of research and evaluation concepts and approaches.
  • Experience working with local and/or state public health agencies is preferred.
  • Proficiency in a second language other than English, such as Spanish, is preferred.


Important Information

  • Applicants should understand the nature of the position before applying, including that:
  1. This position is fully remote. Applicants must be equipped to work from home with reliable internet and computer access.
  • To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position along with your PHI job application.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


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