Research Assistant II

Posting Number: #1368

Position Title: Research Assistant II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Oakland, CA (remote)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

As one of PHI’s programs, Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) conducts community-based research/programs for underserved populations (e.g., gender and ethnic minorities) in the field of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and trauma prevention and treatment. Through collaboration with targeted communities, HIPUP strives to have a significant impact on health promotion and human rights for underserved communities locally and internationally.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) and Program Director (PD), Research Assistant will work on the HIPUP’s ongoing projects/studies as a data manager and assist the PI/PD with the day-to-day operation of HIPUP projects to ensure the quality of research activities.

The research Assistant will also work closely with the Project Assistant of Lotus Project. Lotus Project ( provides technical assistance, such as workshops, webinars, and consultations, to service providers and school staff who work with Asian American & Asian Immigrant (AAAI) children and families affected by traumatic events and stress.

This may be a full-time or part-time position working at 50%-100% FTE (20-40 hours/week).

This is a remote position until further notice. Travel locally to attend meetings when needed is required. Candidates based in California are preferred.

Pay: $18.32 to $21.64 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is $18.32 to $21.64 per hour (with an approximate annualized salary of $38,100 to $45,005 based on 100% FTE). The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain and enter data, and ensure the quality of data for the various HIPUP Projects/Studies.
  • Assist PI in developing data collection tools and measures (surveys, etc.).
  • Manage data and prepare for the reports and meetings.
  • Under the supervision of PI/PD, conduct process and outcome evaluation.
  • Assist the Project Assistant in supervising the high school interns and preparing for the workshops and webinars.
  • Other research-related activities including proofreading and event preparation as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience required.
  • High School diploma or equivalent education.

Other Qualifications

  • 1 year of experience working on health promotion projects for underserved populations (e.g., gender and ethnic minorities).
  • 1 year of experience in data collection, management, and reporting.
  • Ability to maintain accurate record-keeping.
  • Knowledge of issues around HIV and STIs, substance abuse, health disparity, and underserved populations strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of mental health issues and working experience in the Asian community.
  • Working experience in the Asian community.
  • Ability to recognize and resolve problems as they occur.
  • Good attention to detail, self-motivation, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and good organizational skills.
  • Ability and comfort in engaging in open and nonjudgmental conversations with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities) with sensitivity.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

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