Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator(s) and Research Manager, the Research Assistant will provide support to an exciting new lab in the Environmental Health department at the BU School of Public Health. The Community Noise Lab's focus is centered on a community-identified noise issue, which we investigate using real-time sound monitoring and innovative citizen-science tools. With the community, we leverage these data to positively impact their noise issues, bringing about a more equitable and just community soundscape. The RA's primary responsibilities will be to conduct community noise exposure field data collection, database management, statistical analysis, and geographic mapping. The RA will also be responsible for assisting with laboratory-based experiments, hosting community events, recording video and audio interviews, updating our community noise library, and writing social media posts via Community Noise Lab's social media channels. As needed, the applicant will assist in grant preparation, including helping with literature reviews and synthesizing of data in requested formats.
Sound level field data collection: research assistant will put up and take down sound monitoring equipment in the communities we are currently working in. RA will need to drive to and from sites and work occasionally work on the weekends.
Assisting with laboratory-based experiments: research assistant will assist in an EEG experiment, which involves outfitting participants with EEG headset, administering non-clinical hearing screenings, and monitoring biological responses during the course of the experiment.
Data Processing: research assistant will download real-time data collected during field monitoring and laboratory experiments, clean these data, analyze both statistically and visually, and maintain/update our various databases.
Audio, video and photographic documentation: research assistant will assist in visually and aurally documenting sound and noise events in the communities we work with. This will include photographs, audio recordings, and person al interviews.
Hosting community engagement events: the research assistant will help with organizing and running community events ranging from sound walks to community lectures.
Must have a valid Driver's licence and access to a car.
Candidates working towards MPH are strongly desired.
Candidates with the following skills are strongly desired:
Interest in community noise issues and community based research
Highly motivated, prompt, reliable, ability to work independently
Excellent communication skills
Excellent writing skills
Knowledge of field data collection helpful
Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve
Unafraid to give community presentations
Ability to use Microsoft WORD and EXCEL
Ability to process and analyze data
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
Internal Number: 8239
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