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Research Assistant

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus, Boston Main Campus - Eligible for Alternative Work Location
Categories: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leader in the Experiential Liberal Arts. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education administration




We are looking for a highly motivated Research Assistant to join our team and be involved in all aspects of a research study on misinformation. The overarching goal of this study is to measure the prevalence of health misinformation on social media and understand the mechanisms that underlies its spread. The project will investigate why people share misinformation online, and how this motivation changes over the lifespan. It will also investigate how people make assessments of trust and source credibility, how people update their beliefs when misinformation is corrected, and the psychological mechanisms of this belief updating. This is a one-year term position through October 2022, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.




Bachelor’s degree in psychology, computer science, or related field and interest in making a career in such a field is required. Previous research experience preferred. The candidate must be conscientious, with excellent people skills. Technical skills such as knowledge of statistical methods and programming are also a plus.

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This position will be based on Northeastern’s Boston campus.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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