Research Associate IV

Posting Number: #167-21

Position Title: Research Associate IV

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: 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

Under the general supervision of a Principal Investigator (PI), the Research Associate (RA) IV will be responsible for intermediate-level research tasks for the Smoke-free Community College study, including study coordination, management of qualitative and quantitative data, and contributions to manuscript development and grant proposals. In addition, RA will oversee logistics with community college case studies and key informant interviews (including coordination with study consultants and contractors), conduct key informant interviews, code and analyze qualitative data and quantitative data, serve as liaison to community and study partners, be involved with interpretation and dissemination of study findings at community and research settings via reports, presentations, and manuscripts, and support with grant development. The RA position is 50% FTE for up to 12 months.

The Alcohol Research Group and Public Health Institute value the strength, innovation, and creativity of its diverse workforce.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepare and manage Institutional Review Board’s (IRB) human subjects submissions and assist the PI in other tasks related to study regulatory and funding compliance.
  • Coordinate logistics of case studies including key informant interviews, gathering supportive documents, and dissemination of incentives.
  • Conduct key informant interviews, engage in the coding of transcripts and participate in qualitative analysis.
  • Manage and maintain a quantitative database of school and community characteristics related to tobacco-related behaviors, environmental risk and protective factors, and tobacco-related policies.
  • Serve as study liaison with co-investigators, consultants, key community college and community stakeholders, and study advisory board.
  • Conduct preliminary data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and prepare tables and graphs of results.
  • Complete literature searches and compile review summaries as needed.
  • Prepare reports and present results at stakeholder and scientific meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to and co-author manuscripts for publication.
  • Assist with grant development (e.g., background research and supporting materials).
  • Participate on committees, in seminars, and in brown bags.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.     

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with primary or secondary data collection and data management with qualitative or quantitative data.
  • Intermediate or advanced knowledge of and experience with qualitative data analysis software such as Dedoose, ATLAS.ti, or NVivo.
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative data analysis packages, such as SPSS or Stata (or other comparable statistical analysis programs).
  • Familiarity with descriptive and inferential statistical procedures and experience conducting basic quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience developing and managing spreadsheets (Excel) and proficient with other Microsoft Office Suite Applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent organization and documentation skills.
  • Familiarity with and experience implementing standard research operating procedures, protocols, and quality controls.
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and succinctly communicate findings.
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely and summarize research findings in written form.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Fieldwork or research experience in tobacco control or higher education (in particular community colleges) is highly desirable.
  • Master’s degree highly desirable.

Important Information

  • This is a part-time (50%FTE) position.
  • This is a time-limited 12 month position.

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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