Social & Scientific Systems (S-3)

Research Assistant II

Location US-NC-Durham
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) works to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services to government, nonprofit, and commercial clients. The SSS team offers a synergy of expertise in clinical research services, epidemiology and public health studies, health data management and analysis, and program evaluation and policy analysis. Please join our dedicated staff of employee-owners in an environment that values diversity and supports health, well-being, and professional growth.


Are you eager to learn with a passion for research? Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS), an employee-owned company, has supported public and private sector health research programs since 1978 in pursuit of our mission to make a difference while improving public health world- wide. We are currently seeking a Research Assistant to serve on a multi-disciplinary team that conducts, analyzes, and reports on findings from epidemiological and clinical studies on behalf of the federal government. The studies that we conduct focus on associations between genetic, occupation, lifestyle, and socioeconomic factors and adverse health outcomes. Research Assistants are the heart of our team’s business operations activities and the soul that keeps our team and our projects moving forward. Candidates with prior experience in health research or related fields are also encouraged to apply. However, this position could also be an excellent opportunity for a new graduate who wants to jumpstart a career in public health in a unique collaborative culture that empowers our people to do their best work. 


  • Identifying key tasks and maintaining task lists for within and across projects
  • Collaborating with contract managers and project manager to develop timelines, budgets, and contractual documents
  • Scheduling internal and external meetings, setting agendas, writing minutes, and documenting action items
  • Developing and maintaining study manuals, questionnaires, and other ancillary documents
  • Purchasing study materials and reviewing invoices and purchase orders
  • Participating in training of staff involved in data collection
  • Supporting the preparations of reports and presentations for internal leadership and clients
  • Maintaining central study and contract files, including training records, study documents, and regulatory documents.
  • Assisting with software development and testing for data collection
  • Assisting with quality control and data management tasks
  • Supporting the coordination of business proposal developments and subcontracting work
  • Perform additional duties as required



  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, social sciences, or related skills required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to follow detailed work instructions
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Basic experience using MS Word, Excel, and Power Point

SSS is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


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