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Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

Hiring range: $20.00-$23.00/hour; salary commensurate with relevant experience. Reporting to the Associate Director of Research at the Research Program on Children & Adversity (RPCA) at the Boston College School of Social Work, the Research Associate will work primarily on data management, data analysis, study design, related to the study, Sugira Muryango: Strong Families, Thriving Children, a home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy early child development. The RPCA is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. Through quantitative and qualitative research methods, the program investigates key mechanisms shaping child development and mental health. The program develops targeted psychosocial interventions that support positive life outcomes that can be effectively delivered at scale in low-resource settings. Overall, the program team works to develop evidence-based, transdiagnostic interventions that are feasible and cost effective, to support positive life outcomes. These outcomes are key to child health, social services, and the economic development agendas. A particular focus for this position is to provide high level modeling, data analysis, study design oversight, and implementation science processes. Essential duties of this position include: DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA ANALYSIS: Apply statistical analysis using multilevel modeling, coding, multiple imputation to address missing data, and sound data management, while overseeing technology-based data collection and data monitoring. Work alongside Program Managers, Postdoctoral fellows, student interns, and co-investigators to provide study oversight, conduct assessments and evaluate program as needed. RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION: Engage in high-level research and analysis, publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to RPCA research. Quantitative methods analysis of study data. Collaborate on the methods sections of grant writing, publications, multi-stakeholder reports, and presentations for academic conferences. The Research Associate may work nights and weekends in order to meet project deadlines. No travel required. This position will be based 100% of the time in Boston. This position is externally-funded for one year, with the option to renew annually. 

A cover letter and resume/CV are required for consideration for the position.


The Research Associate will need to be a self-driven, creative thinker with strong statistical skills to help develop methods which investigate intervention effectiveness in terms of child development and parenting outcomes. Experience and training in epidemiology, hybrid designs, cluster randomized control trials, is preferred. Doctoral trainee preferably in Epidemiology, Public Health or other related field. Strong ability in use of advanced statistical and computational programming. Strong background in implementation science to include hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, longitudinal studies, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision that relate to long-term sustainability and scalability. Some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, R, and other applicable quantitative data analysis platforms. Expert knowledge of quantitative research methodologies including mixed-methods. An advanced level, pre-doctoral trainee is preferred.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at