Research Associate position at the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights

Research Associate

New York, NY


Research Associate position open in the human rights research lab of Dr. Gunisha Kaur, MD, MA, Director, Anesthesiology Global Health Initiative, Co-Medical Director Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights. Clinical research with refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers on topics including chronic pain in survivors of torture, mental health issues of children in detention, trafficking of young women and girls in refugee camps, and creation of digital tools to decrease healthcare disparities in this vulnerable population.

Requirements: PhD in human rights, public health, medical anthropology, foreign policy, economics, government, global health, or related field. Research or thesis experience required. Writing experience (academic or non-academic e.g. news/media) preferred. Individual must be extremely detail oriented and organized. Interested applicants should submit a single PDF file containing CV, PhD transcript, a brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages), a description (recommended 1 page, 11 point font, 0.5 inch margins) of prior thesis work or research, interests, career goals, and contact information of three references to Latrice Goss ( The position offers very competitive benefits from Weill Cornell Medicine.

While a research assistant is expected to contribute in many ways to the research project, typical responsibilities include the following:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations
  • Prepare materials for Human Subjects Committee review
  • Prepare interview questions
  • Recruit and/or interview subjects
  • Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Provide ready access to all experimental data for the faculty researcher and/or supervisor
  • Request or acquire equipment or supplies necessary for the project
  • Manage and respond to project related email
  • Prepare, maintain, and update website materials
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students working on the research project (maintaining records on assignment completion, acting as liaison/mediator between the students and the faculty researcher)
  • Attend project meetings
  • Attend area seminars and other meetings as necessary
  • Summarize project results
  • Prepare progress reports for the PI and funding agency
  • Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations
  • Monitor the project budget

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by individual researchers.