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Research Associate I

Posting Number: #1161

Position Title: Research Associate I

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.

Position Summary

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is a large non-profit public health organization conducting a broad range of public health research, training, and technical assistance programs in California, throughout the nation, and around the world.  PHI is seeking a Research Associate (RA) for Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) to evaluate and educate communities about air filters that are effective against wildfire smoke in indoor air.

The Research Associate will support various aspects of planning and implementation of these public health research projects. The position offers opportunities to gain experience with messaging and communication around environmental health hazards, community engagement and working with state and local health agencies, and to gain a deeper understanding of issues related to environmental health, community resilience and wildfires in California.

This is a time-limited position that is expected to end in one year due to fund availability. This is a remote position that requires travel to different locations in California, so candidates in California are preferred.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review published and unpublished literature on air filter technologies, compile summaries of the literature and existing resources.
  • Conduct an assessment of current educational resources related to air filters and wildfire smoke and draft new materials.
  • Reach out to technical experts and community advisors regarding both content and format of educational materials and will work with a graphic designer to complete the materials.
  • Participate in calls and video meetings with the study team and community and agency partners; prepare meeting agendas, meeting notes, and track deliverables.
  • Develop factsheets and other educational materials that are responsive to the needs of our partners; incorporate partner review.
  • Disseminate the educational materials under the guidance of RAMP staff and evaluate their efficacy.
  • Conduct surveys of California retailers (online and “brick and mortar”) to identify whether air filters that are not legal for sale in California are being sold here; compile information about these filters and provide the information to the California Air Resources Board to enable enforcement action.

 Qualifications

  • Excellent research, writing and listening skills.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely summarize scientific and health information in written form.
  • Attention to detail and comfort with a fast-paced information flow and remote work environment.
  • Ability to work well with teams, including with local community members.
  • Ability to progress on several projects concurrently.
  • Ability to work independently and move a complex project through to completion.
  • A commitment to social and environmental justice.
  • Have reliable transportation, availability, and willingness to travel to retailers in different locations in California to conduct surveys on the air purifiers being sold.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or quantitative field, or you can substitute with four additional years of related experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred, with some coursework in environmental health, climate change, air pollution, indoor air quality, or related issues.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

Important Information

  • All PHI employees are required to receive full COVID-19 vaccinations in order to access PHI worksites and/or engage in in-person work activities, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

PHI WORKFORCE MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective January 10, 2022, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. Employees starting on or before February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination up to 6 weeks after their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Employees starting after February 28, 2022 will 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.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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ADA Statement:

The Public Health Institute is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruitment Team at least 48 hours in advance at Recruitment@phi.org.

 

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We’re so pleased the Public Health Institute is an organization you would like to work with. Do you have questions about this opportunity? If so, email our recruitment team at Recruitment@phi.org.

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