Research Assistant Opportunity in WashU School of Medicine Bioethics Research Center

The Healthcare, Values, and the Spiritual Life (HVSL) Research Program is a new initiative in the Bioethics Research Center (BRC) at the Washington University School of Medicine.

The HVSL Research Program seeks to hire an undergraduate research assistant. The team is seeking someone who is available 10 hours per week throughout the year; the position will pay $13 per hour. It will involve both remote work and meetings on the medical campus. During semester breaks, remote participation in meetings will be acceptable. The first semester of work will be considered a paid internship with the possibility of ongoing work throughout your degree program depending on fit with your interests and the program’s needs. 

Tasks involve: Conducting literature reviews and managing an Endnote library; interviewing research participants; coding interview data; and supporting survey initiatives and meetings of the research team and advisory committee.

Necessary qualifications include: a strong sense of responsibility, intellectual curiosity, ability to learn new skills quickly and follow a research protocol, respect for diverse faith traditions, and an interest in social science research. 

Particularly relevant majors include anthropology, cultural studies (including programs focused on specific races and cultures), psychology, religious studies, and sociology. Preference will be given to returning students (sophomore, junior, or senior year). The BRC is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and applicants are encouraged to describe how they might contribute to Center diversity.

This position will support the work of Dr. James DuBois and report to Kari Baldwin, MSW, Senior Project Manager. To apply, please email Ms. Baldwin a CV/resume and a cover letter describing your interest and relevant skills to Please also provide the names, email address, and phone numbers of 2 or 3 people who can serve as a reference. Interviews will begin mid-July and the position could begin as soon as August 1, 2021. You may learn more about the BRC by visiting its website. The HVSL Research Program is new and does not yet have a website.