Research Assistant Positions

​Research Assistant/Project Coordinator for the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative

The Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering & Architecture (MSFEA) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are recruiting a full-time Research Assistant/ Project Coordinator to work on the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative, as of Monday August 3, 2020.

About the Initiative:

The Humanitarian Engineering Initiative is a partnership between FHS and MSFEA. The broad objective of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative is to combine disciplinary methods to address global challenges, which is particularly important given rapid transitions in health in the region. The initiative launched the “Designing Solutions for Health Challenges in Crisis" course in July 2017, in collaboration with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University and the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design at Johns Hopkins University. Since then, five sessions of the course have been offered. Course enrollees from different disciplines and backgrounds work together to assess the needs of a population, define a problem to address, and then ideate, design, prototype and pitch a solution. Moreover, the initiative is developing a minor and a diploma in “Humanitarian Engineering and Health Design Foundations".

Main Duties:

  1. Organize the course on Humanitarian Engineering, including following-up on academic course requirements and logistics, assisting in preparing training material, coordinating field visits, identifying and coordinating with the selected lecturers, mentors, jury members, NGOs, and international co-organizers.
  2. Coordinate the Initiative internally and with partners by organizing monthly meetings, assisting in drafting reports and official letters, and taking minutes of meetings.
  3. Coordinate the new internship program, starting from the application and selection of interns to assigning projects and evaluating internships progress.​
  4. Manage administrative and logistics aspects of several projects, and adapt work as required to meet deadlines of each project.
  5. Routinely search for and identify relevant funding opportunities, and provide support in drafting grant proposals, abstracts, and research papers.
  6. Assist in developing the Humanitarian Engineering Minor and Diploma, including follow up on the approval process and development of course materials.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor in Engineering, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, or a relevant field. Master's degree in Public Health is preferable;
  • 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience in qualitative research is preferable;
  • Experience in organizing events and trainings is an asset;
  • Experience in writing grant proposals is preferable;
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic is a must (spoken, read, and written);
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work proactively, independently and efficiently;
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork with diverse population groups;
  • Ability to conduct interviews in Arabic.

Duration of contract:

3-month probation period with prospects for 1-year extension.

Application Procedure:

Applicant must send their CV and personal statement to the Humanitarian Initiative coordinator Reem Salameh at, no later than July 15, 2020, with the subject: “Research Assistant- Humanitarian Engineering Projects Coordinator".

Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an in person interview.​

The American University of Beirut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.​

Research Assistant for the Beirut Urban Lab

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut​

Scope of work: GIS Mapping and visualization, full-time

Period: 4 months, with a possibility of renewal on longer term (1 year or more)

Application deadline: June 26, 2020​


The Beirut Urban Lab at AUB's Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is looking for a full-time master student or Bachelor/Masters graduate knowledgeable in geographic information systems to support an on-going research that is mapping various spatial transformations and building developments in Lebanon.

The research assistant's main task will be to work as part of a visualization/mapping team that manages and develops a GIS geodatabase that documents several spatial transformations and social modes of organization in Lebanon. S/he will be expected to “clean" base maps, digitize new developments, check processed data, enter data from exiting databases and field surveys that will be collected by a team working (and perhaps a number of surrounding areas) and work with the visualization team of the Lab on the presentation of this document. The researcher will also work on uploading online the maps and needs to be familiar with this process.


  • Clean, edit, and maintain existing and new base maps
  • Digitize specific indicators (e.g. building footprints, incidents) within specific geographic study areas
  • Help develop geodatabases for projects
  • Georeference aerial photography and organize overlaps;
  • Collaborate directly with field survey team and process collected data and georeference them
  • Support in the process of analyzing and cross-checking information
  • Create and maintain the structures necessary for GIS data storage
  • Use the proper tools to join different GIS datasets and create new information or investigate patterns
  • Collaborate directly with the visualization team for map generations​


Candidate should be proficient in GIS, the development of geodatabases, and digitizing. Knowledge of Python is highly recommended, not required. Knowledge of ESRI's Survey123 and/or ArcGIS Collector is an added value. Currently, the Lab is processing and publishing its geodatabase through ESRI's ArcGIS, but knowledge in other platforms and software, especially open-source, is a plus. Previous experience is a plus. Candidate needs to be able to read/write in English and in Arabic.

Salary and benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with diploma and experience, starting at 1,650,000 LBP. Benefits include health care coverage.

To apply:

Please send your CV with a cover letter to Ms Moawad by the deadline. Applications will start being reviewed on June 15 until a decision is taken on June 29.

About the Beirut Urban Lab:

The Beirut Urban Lab is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research space based in AUB's Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. The Lab produces scholarship on Lebanon's urbanization by documenting and analyzing ongoing transformation processes in the natural and built environments. It intervenes as an interlocutor and contributor to academic debates about historical and contemporary urbanization, from its position in the Global South.​

Part-time Research Assistant Position - Financial Manager for the Med GAIMS Project

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut​


An opening for the position of part-time project-based Research Assistant (RA) is available, for a financial manager, at a salary of LL 650,000/month. The RA will be working on the MED GAIMS project, an EU funded project, for the duration of three years. The incumbent will need to work an average of 12 hours per week. The contract is renewed on a yearly basis depending on performance and availability of funding.

Main duties:

The main duties of the RA include, but are not limited to:​

  1. Assist in the liquidation of the committed expenses in a timely manner and follow up with the concerned university departments as needed
  2. Follow up with the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) on budget updates to be implemented on Oracle 
  3. Assist the Office of the Comptroller (OC) in closing advance payments made to partners and subgrantees
  4. Communicate with the financial managers of the project partners on a weekly basis, provide ongoing support
  5. Follow up on partners' financial updates
  6. Review partners' financial updates and supporting documents, request clarifications and corrections as needed 
  7. Produce periodic Budget Actual Reports 
  8. Assist in compiling the minor and major budget amendments and in submitting the requests on the Management Information System 
  9. Follow up with Project Partners on the submission of their progress, interim and final financial reports as well as their auditors' expenditure verification reports on the Management Informaton System
  10. Assist in compiling the Project financial reports on the Management Information System
  11. Follow up with the external auditors as necessary
  12. Perform other duties as necessary



  1. Bachelor's degree in Business Administration; a master's degree is a plus
  2. A minimum of three years of professional work experience in financial administration, preferably in grants financial administration.
  3. Understanding of not-for-profit accounting
  4. Knowledgeable in financial management grants and contracts, especially EU grants
  5. Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment
  6. Ability to work interactively and collaboratively with different project stakeholders.


Application procedure:

Please send your applications, including a letter of motivation, CV, and three references to Daniel Asmar ( and Nehma Sleiman (  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Within the framework of Lebanese Law, the American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.

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