I am looking for an undergraduate research assistant to join my environmental epidemiology research group for the summer. I am an assistant professor in the department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and a CES alum (’01). My research is focused on health issues experienced by the urban homeless in the United States, a rapidly growing and highly disadvantaged population. In particular, my research considers infectious diseases transmission in this population, particularly drug resistant bacterial infections, and extreme weather injuries, including hypothermia and heat stress.
During the summer, I am looking for a research assistant to participate in an analysis of national emergency room data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey to evaluate infectious diseases and extreme weather injuries sustained by homeless individuals. The research assistant would be responsible for organizing and managing a database, performing statistical analyses, and manuscript preparation. This student would gain skills working with a large, national database, performing statistical analyses using a statistical software platform, organizing and communicating results, and scientific writing. The research assistant would be a co-author on a publication on this analysis. My research group consists of 5-6 masters and undergraduate students working on related projects, and the student would have the opportunity to get involved with other projects as well.
This position is ideal for a student with interest in environmental health, public health and/or infectious diseases and who is considering a career in research. A basic course in statistics is required, and experience with statistical software beyond Excel is preferred. A highly motivated student could use online modules to gain proficiency in epidemiology and biostatistics prior to the summer in the absence of relevant prior coursework.
To apply, please send an email outlining your relevant prior work and academic experiences (including coursework), your resume, and the names of 2 academic references (professors and advisors) to Dr. Jessica Leibler at [email protected].