Job Opportunities

Current Opportunities

The Swetland Center has ongoing opportunities for students, trainees, and professionals from a variety of disciplines to engage in meaningful research that will have an impact on environmental health in greater Cleveland and beyond. Case Western Reserve University is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging excellence through diversity.  Qualified women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Research Associate (Community-Engaged Translational Research)

The Research Associate will execute collaborative community action research through implementation and evaluation of a systems change intervention, i.e., the Nourishing Power Network. The Nourishing Power Network includes four interdependent intervention components: Advisory Council, Fellowship, Fund, and Networking. The intervention is designed to transform local food system dynamics by accelerating support for community-driven food justice initiatives that further nutrition equity among Black, Latino/a/x, Asian and Indigenous communities in Greater Cleveland. Under guidance of the PI and the Nourishing Power Leadership Team that includes community partners, the Research Associate is expected to work independently, design and plan projects, oversee collaborations, supervise students, manage complex project budgets and grant reporting, and carry out research activities of an assigned project through completion. The Research Associate will utilize community and stakeholder engaged research methods including both quantitative and qualitative techniques. The Research Associate will provide oversight to the intervention overall and will offer leadership to executing the Nutrition Equity Fund component, including design and evaluation of grant making processes and outcomes. The Research Associate will keep the PI informed of research progress within the study overall and will provide recommendations on study design and adaptations within this pragmatic trial. The Research Associate will present data and findings to diverse audiences and will actively support grant proposal development. The Research Associate must uphold the values of the Center including a commitment to racial justice, collaboration, community engagement, inclusivity, and innovation.


Education/Experience: PhD or another terminal degree (MPH, MSW) is required. Minimum of 2 to 5 years of related experience demonstrating progressive responsibility. Preference to those with expertise in the following areas: food systems, community development, program evaluation, population health, applied mixed methods intervention research, and/or community-engaged research.


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Graduate Research Assistantship-The Ohio HEALing Communities Study

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health is seeking a graduate student to assist with support for research related activities within the Ohio HEALing Communities Study. The Ohio HEALing Communities Study is a randomized controlled community trial that seeks to reduce opioid fatalities in 18 counties in Ohio through implementation research to increase delivery of evidence-based interventions such as naloxone distribution, medically assisted treatment, safer prescribing and stigma reduction. All intervention packages will be tailored at the county level based on extensive engagement with local community coalitions and through examination of local opioid use disorder data trends. The graduate research assistants will be working with investigators and the Senior Project Director to support data collection, scientific literature reviews, protocol development, and training coordination. The graduate research assistantship may involve some travel within the state of Ohio. All travel will be reimbursed.

The graduate research assistants must show capacity for working independently as well as collaboratively. The candidates must complete required trainings for the ethical conduct of human subjects research. Responsibilities will include a selection of the following tasks.
1.     Assist study lead with landscape analysis tasks to identify community resources related to reducing opioid fatalities in counties in Ohio.
2.     Support data collection tasks including document management, accuracy and completion.
3.     Assist with organization of study documents in Box and tracking systems
4.     Assist with literature reviews.
5.     Assist with the development of training materials to support community facilitators working to reduce opioid fatalities.
6.     Support development of manuscripts and presentations.
7.     Other tasks as needed.


Interested applicants must be a CWRU student. To apply for the graduate research assistantship position, applicants should complete an application through HandShake, using job code: 6803045 indicate that you are applying for the “Swetland Center Graduate Research Assistantship” and attach CV/resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled with the goal of starting the position ASAP. Please direct questions to Sara Roberts at 


Graduate Research Assistantship
The Statewide and National Community Nutrition Research Project

The Statewide and National Community Nutrition Research Project is a collaborative research partnership of multiple community nutrition studies throughout the state of Ohio and nationally, including the Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention study, Ohio Produce Perks Evaluation, and evaluation capacity building of national incentive programming via FM Tracks software.

The Graduate Assistant will support community and stakeholder-engaged research focused on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental interventions designed to promote community nutrition in diverse settings. The Graduate Assistant will work with study team members to design and evaluate community nutrition interventions (i.e., nutrition incentive programming, healthy food retail, farmers’ markets, etc.), including the expansion, maintenance and implementation PSE READI tool and FM Engage app, training, qualitative data collection, data analysis, and interpretation. The GA will also help with other project-specific tasks as needed.

Required Skills
Candidate must currently be enrolled as a graduate student at CWRU. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in qualitative research methods and community nutrition.  Applicants will be considered based on the following skills set:

1.    Experience in qualitative data collection methods including interviews
2.    Experience organizing data, literature, and relevant documentation
3.    Excellent written and oral communication skills with capacity to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences
4.    Excellent attention to detail
5.    Ability to work collaboratively in cross-function teams comprised of individuals from various academic departments, stakeholders and community partners
6.    Ability to be motivated, self-directed, and independent
7.    Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and cross-institutional staff.

Interested applicants must be a CWRU student. To apply for the graduate research assistantship position, applicants should complete an application (through handshake), attach course schedule, CV/resume, and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest in the position. You can also email your application materials to Indicate that you are applying for the “Community Nutrition Graduate Research Assistantship”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled with the goal of starting the position ASAP. Please direct questions to Katie Poppe at