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Job ID: 143087

Research Assistant - Center for Shelter Dogs
Tufts University

Date Posted Jun. 17, 2020
Title Research Assistant - Center for Shelter Dogs
University Tufts University
Grafton, MA, United States
Department Department of Clinical Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Small/Lab Animal Medicine
    Clinical/Medical Sciences
    Veterinary Medicine - General

The Department of Clinical Sciences is responsible for providing didactic and clinical training of DVM students, conducting research pertaining to diseases of large and small animals, and providing health care services for large and small animals.

The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) advances research, policy analysis, education, and service pertaining to the important roles animals play in society, and explores the ethical implications of the human-animal relationship. CAPP offers the Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program and within the Cummings School’s DVM program is home to the Signature Opportunity in Animal Welfare, Ethics, and Policy curriculum and the Shelter and Community Medicine program. The work done at CAPP revolves around three areas of focus: Animals in the Community, Animals in Research, and Animals in the Environment, which includes wildlife and farm animals. In addition to conducting classes and guiding student research, CAPP holds public seminars, conferences, and other special events.

The Community Medicine Program works to provide veterinary students with clinical skills in surgery and medicine. We do this by supporting a spay/neuter training program and community clinics while serving an underserved population of animals. In addition, we work to educate veterinary students, shelter workers and other lay people about best practices of shelter animal medicine, welfare and policy. We offer didactic training to veterinary and masters students at Cummings, pre-clinical and clinical rotations as well as research opportunities in shelter medicine, behavior and policy.

The Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD), an initiative of Shelter Medicine and CAPP is dedicated to improving the welfare of homeless dogs cared for by humane organizations, animal control facilities, and rescue groups throughout the nation. Rigorous science-based research and outcome assessment is the cornerstone of all efforts by the Center. We conduct research to improve the welfare and successful placement of homeless dogs as well as dogs at risk for homelessness. Central to this mission is the dissemination of research results through the education of shelter professionals, veterinary students, and graduate students.

This is a one year position, renewable depending on funding.

The CSD research assistant will be responsible for coordinating and conducting research. Currently the research program includes a two year funded project for Shelter Animals Count (SAC) which was launched in January 2020.

Under guidance from the associate director of CSD, the research assistant will continue to implement the research project, develop systems for data collection and analysis, and assist in the write up the findings for the funding organization. The research assistant is responsible for enrolling 100 organizations into the Animal Level Pilot study, for tracking their participation and helping organize the animal level data they will be submitting to SAC.


Basic Requirements:
BS with 3-5 years’ experience or MS with up to one year experience in a related field of study as well as previous research experience. Must have taken research design, data analysis and statistics courses. Must have basic computer skills including Microsoft Office as well as the ability to learn shelter software. Familiarity with data management programs (Excel, SPSS) and Tufts platforms (Box, Qualtrics) is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:
A MAPP degree is preferred. Previous work in an animal shelter environment would be helpful. The research assistant must possess strong writing skills; strong organizational skills, ability to manage time well and to juggle multiple tasks.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity

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