Research Scientist


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over 40 member public health institutes. Public health institutes are nonprofit organizations that improve the
public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) that consists of ten university-based Public Health Training Centers and 40 local training and education sites. Together, the PHLN is co-creating, modernizing, standardizing, and distributing evenly to all communities and Tribes quality training, tools, and resources that advance the nation’s public health workforce throughout all 50 states, tribal communities and 5 US territories. For more information, visit

Position Summary:

The Research Scientist is responsible for leading and/or assisting other scientists with the development of research and evaluation investigations or analytic study projects and carrying out those projects. They also provide technical expertise in the application of research, evaluation, and analytic methods to all portfolios at NNPHI. They will work within the Evidence to Action (E2A) portfolio, our full-service research and evaluation services team, to advance the overall strategic mission of the portfolio and organization.

The Research Scientist will work towards operating as a recognized expert in evaluation and research areas within NNPHI, leveraging that expertise to enhance NNPHI’s reputation with members and existing clients and sponsors. As part of this work, they will develop and maintain deep, specific institutional knowledge and expertise of new and existing members’ culture, organization, and issues, especially as relates to research, evaluation, or specific technical areas.


NNPHI maintains offices in Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana. Additional staff, consultants, members, and partners support NNPHI’s mission from Atlanta, GA and several locations throughout the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will commence remotely. Ultimately, NNPHI requires this position to be based in either our New Orleans or Washington, D.C. office and requires travel of approximately 10%.  Applicants should indicate location preference in cover letter.

A telework arrangement is fully supported during COVID-19.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide responsible, competent technical advice to project and operations management.
  • Support and may lead, preparation, presentation, and submission of research grant and contract proposals.
  • Organize and manage all statistical, analytic, and data management aspects of successful research and evaluation projects.
  • Synthesize information from external sources (literature, unstructured data gathered by external groups) to ensure programs are operating on the cutting edge of public health. This may include systematic reviews, meta-analysis, abstraction-based grounded theory, text-to-data abstraction, etc.
  • Provide leadership for data-driven story-telling (data and evidence translation)
  • Expand NNPHI’s and E2A’s technical and subject matter presence through presentations at technical conferences; authoring journal articles, reports, blogs; etc.
  • Consult with NNPHI staff on the planning and conduct of studies and evaluations, in the analysis of data, and the interpretation and presentation of findings.
  • Participate in multiple research projects with a minimum of supervision, operating within time and budget constraints.
  • Manage internal relationships and resources to achieve project deliverables in within a “team culture.”


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Education and Experience: Masters’ degree in public health, social sciences, or health systems research or equivalent and five years’ experience post-graduate.

Technical Capabilities:

  • Experience designing and leading mixed methods evaluations.
  • Proven experience conducting various research methodologies (including both qualitative and quantitative studies), statistical analysis, and translation and dissemination of research and evaluation findings.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse external partners.
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, especially with time-sensitive work.
  • Ability to compose reports, presentations, and written communication in an organized, logical, and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program evaluation
    • Logic model development
    • Evaluation plan development
    • Evaluation framework selection
  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative research, such as:
    • Interview and focus group guide development
    • In-person interviewing
    • Telephone interviewing
    • In-person focus group facilitation
    • Online focus group facilitation
    • Open, axial, and selective qualitative coding (NVivo)
    • Operationalizing constructs and codebook development
    • Case study development
    • CDC Success Story methodology
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative research, such as:
    • Quantitative survey design, development, and administration (Qualtrics)
    • Survey data reporting
    • Operationalizing constructs
    • Descriptive statistics (SPSS)
    • Measurement selection and development

Methods and procedures:

  • Program evaluation
    • Multi-site evaluation
    • Evaluation with racial and ethnic minority groups
  • Data collection and analysis
    • Textual analysis
    • Thematic analysis
    • Content analysis
    • Ethnography
    • Grounded theory
  • Communication product development
    • Literature reviews
    • Recommendations
    • Needs assessment
    • Environmental scans
    • Journal articles and presentations
  • Health communication
    • Data communication
    • Data translation
    • Data reporting
    • Data visualization

Topics of interests:

  • Program evaluation theory and practice
  • Health equity and social determinants of health
  • Chronic disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Bridging public health and health care
  • Public health systems, infrastructure, and workforce

Client/Service Orientation: Understands clients’ and colleagues’ needs and concerns; responds promptly and effectively; customizes services and products as appropriate.

Teamwork: Collaborates with others; acknowledges others’ contributions; works effectively with individuals of different culture and gender; willing to seek help as needed. Influences and resolves differences across organizational boundaries: gains support and commitment from others even without formal authority; resolves differences by determining needs and forging solutions that benefit all parties; generates enthusiasm; promotes collaboration and facilitates teamwork across organizational boundaries.

Analytical Thinking and Decisive Judgment: Analyzes issues and problems systematically, gathering broad and balanced input; draws sound conclusions and translates conclusions into timely decisions and actions.

Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Open to new ideas; shares own knowledge; applies knowledge in daily work; builds partnerships for learning and knowledge sharing.

Communications: Gains consensus and collaborates across NNPHI programs and with network members and partners; explains complex concepts in layman’s language; communicates with all levels of management and staff, establishing straightforward, productive relationships; treats all individuals with fairness and respect, demonstrating sensitivity for cultural and gender differences; shows great drive and commitment to NNPHI’s mission; maintains high standards of personal integrity.


Information Management Skills: Conducts secondary analysis of existing data for frequencies, communications, communications products, indicators, etc. Manages the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data; organizes and maintains NNPHI databases as appropriate.

Drive for Results: Makes things happen; is proactive; balances “analysis” with “doing”; sets high standards for self; commits to organizational goals.


Salary range of $65,000- $85,000, dependent on education and experience. NNPHI offers a highly competitive benefits package, including medical/dental/ vision/FSA/ parking/transportation, generous retirement contributions and annual leave.


Approximately 10% travel will be required.

To Apply:

Please send your CV, three professional references and cover letter, including salary requirement and location preference (New Orleans or D.C.) to with the subject line: Attn: Research Scientist.

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  • We believe in a work environment that promotes health and wellness.
  • We believe in investing in the growth and passion of our employees to create a workforce that positively affects social change.

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