Start Center - Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Center
START Center

Research Assistant Opening for Winter Quarter 2024

Research Assistant Opening for Winter Quarter 2024

Come join our team! The START Center has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to join the team starting Winter Quarter 2024. Applications must be submitted via the Google Form. Applications are due December 7, 2023, at 11:59pm. Read on for further details.






Location: Hans Rosling Center for Population Health Building

START Overview

The Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Center is a research consulting group established in 2011 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington Department of Global Health. START uses an innovative mentorship model to provide high-quality analysis and research support to public health organizations while developing applied research and analytic skills of graduate research assistants in global health.

The START Center team includes graduate students and faculty mentors with diverse backgrounds in public health, clinical practice, epidemiology, and related fields. The Center partners with the Global Innovation Fellows Program at the Foster School of Business and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to incorporate MBA and MPA students into the START Center, integrating a business and public policy approach into our analyses. START teams approach research questions with a nuanced understanding of the complex challenges that affect health in communities across the globe.

Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Research Assistant (RA) with the START Center to develop practical skills in applied research and analysis, and work closely with faculty members to receive training and mentorship. Specific projects depend on client requests but may include landscape analysis or background research on infectious causes of morbidity and mortality, and assessments of the state of science and practice related to global public health interventions. RAs work with faculty mentors to develop the project approach and engage in research activities ranging from identifying, compiling, and synthesizing available literature to conducting key informant interviews, performing empiric data analyses, and developing and presenting reports and materials. Project scope and content vary.

Supervisors: Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS, Ann Duerr, MD, PhD, MPH, Lauren Adjumani, MPA

Dates of Appointment: Winter Quarter 2024 through Spring Quarter 2024, with the opportunity to continue into Summer 2024 and the following academic year. Our intention is that RAs stay with the START Center for two years, dependent upon performance, capacity needs, and funding availability.

Position Type: Schedule I RA appointment (50% appointment, approximately 20 hours/week, 220 hours/quarter). Under 50% schedule I appointments, tuition and health insurance are paid by the RA-ship. RAs receive a monthly salary of between $2,664 and $3,076 dependent on academic eligibility level.

Eligibility: This position is open to graduate students at the University of Washington who will be enrolled in a degree program during Winter Quarter 2024 – Spring Quarter 2024.

Desired Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively both as a team member and a team leader
  • Quantitative and analytic skills
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and concepts and make sound judgments based on available information
  • Experience in planning and managing tasks and deliverables
  • Ability to ensure on-time delivery of high-quality results
  • Ability to adapt one’s leadership and communication style to a range of situations

Application Instructions

To apply, please upload your complete application in one PDF attachment to the Google Form by 11:59 PM PST on Thursday, December 7, 2023. Please use the naming convention “Last name, first name START RA App Winter 2024” for your PDF application.

Your complete application includes four components in the following order:

  • Current CV/resume
  • Cover letter – please address to the START Center Hiring Committee
  • Two-page writing sample from a report, essay, or article written solely by the applicant. The two pages do not include references. A reference page is not necessary.
  • Two academic or professional references – include name, title, phone, and e-mail for each reference

Failure to follow the instructions outlined above will result in immediate disqualification of application from further consideration.

Interviews will take place starting the week of December 11th, 2023.

Questions? Please e-mail Jennifer Joy (, START Project Manager.