Dr. Jessica Perkins, Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt, is seeking a temporary research assistant who will focus on academic writing projects. Dr. Perkins is currently involved in several research projects on the social determinants of health with an emphasis on how social norms and social networks drive health-related behavior. The research assistant would primarily assist Dr. Perkins with drafting material for federal grant applications and for academic manuscripts to be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Current projects include understanding how individuals' perceptions of social norms shape personal attitudes and behaviors related to issues such as HIV prevention, intimate partner violence, mental health, substance use, and COVID-19 among adults in rural Uganda. Other social norm projects focus on adolescent and college student well-being related behaviors and attitudes in the United States. This body of work aims to assess the extent of misperceived norms and identify opportunities to promote healthy behaviors and attitudes. This person would assist Dr. Perkins in outlining academic manuscripts and grants, incorporating relevant literature, drafting written material, and continuously participating in the revision process.
This position is ideal for someone who likes to read peer-reviewed articles and engage in academic writing. There would be co-authorship opportunities on manuscripts targeting journals in prevention research, community health, global health, public health/medicine, social psychology, adolescent/college student development, and behavioral science. This position would be ideal for a master's student looking to apply to a PhD program, or a current PhD student or recent PhD graduate interested in these topics.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct literature reviews and summarize information
Draft manuscript and grant sections per instruction from PI and co-author team
Revise per feedback from PI and co-author team
Review others' writing
Attend to formatting and details
Provide comments and feedback to co-authors
Organize references and relevant information
Communicate with research team
Other research-related tasks
Note: Job responsibilities listed herein are intended to be a thorough representation of the duties, responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications for this specific role at the time of hire. They are not all-encompassing. Actual responsibilities may evolve to include additional duties as assigned based on organizational and operational needs.
Internal Number: 2001033
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