Research Associate IV

Posting Number: #1734

Position Title: Research Associate IV

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Sacramento, CA (Hybrid)

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Position Summary

The Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI), is seeking a Research Associate IV (RAIV) in Cancer Epidemiology and Public Health research.

The CRGC’s Research Unit conducts surveillance research using cancer registry data to enhance understanding of cancer incidence, mortality, treatment utilization, and survival in CRGC catchment areas and within California. The unit staff often work collaboratively with internal and external epidemiologists/researchers including research staff from California Cancer Registry (CCR) and other regional registry researchers on surveillance and outcome research. CRGC is also responsible for broadening the use of registry data for cancer research through data access and disclosure and responding to community concerns around cancer occurrences within its catchment areas.

The Research Associate IV (RAIV) works collaboratively with both research staff at CRGC and with external partners, including CCR and other regional registry epidemiologists, to utilize and promote cancer registry data for surveillance and other cancer research. This includes planning and conducting data analysis, assisting with proposal writing, planning research design and its execution as well as co-authoring abstracts/original manuscripts and preparing presentations. The RAIV is also responsible for responding to public concerns about cancer incidence in communities or workplaces within the CRGC catchment areas and to data access and disclosure requests. When necessary, the RAIV also serves as study coordinator for CRGC research projects. This position will report to and work under the general direction of the Research Scientist III,

This is a regular full-time position located in Sacramento, CA. Candidates who can work a hybrid model of remote and in office are preferred, but consideration will be given to candidates who can only work remotely from within California.  Some travel may be required.

Employment Type : Full Time

Full salary range for this position: $66,843 to $96,905 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $66,843 (minimum) to $81,874 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and conduct statistical analyses for surveillance and other research projects utilizing registry data and using statistical tools such as SAS program and SEER*Stat.
  • Prepare and manage data for research projects.
  • Collaborate with other CRGC epidemiologists and with external partners including CCR and other regional registry epidemiologists, to promote and use cancer registry data for research and surveillance,
  • Respond to public concerns about cancer incidence and mortality, conduct statistical analysis as needed, and refer to appropriate state agencies for follow up if deemed necessary as per consensus,
  • Respond to requests for information about cancer in the CRGC catchment area from the public, local and state governments, County Health Officers and other public health and medical professionals.
  • Respond to requests for CRGC data access/disclosure requests from community and researchers, guiding them in the process to request data following the state policies and procedures,
  • Develop and/or maintain documentation of processes and methodologies, validation of data and other content of work products prior to presentation or distribution.
  • Conduct literature reviews, perform editorial and writing tasks, prepare tables/graphs, and summarize/interpret analysis results for manuscripts, reports, conference abstracts, and presentations,
  • Coauthor abstracts/original manuscripts, submit abstracts, and present at professional conferences,
  • Coordinate/manage surveillance and other epidemiological research projects, including working closely with other team members and guiding junior staff members as needed.
  • Conduct infrequent travel as required.
  • Perform other research-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of relevant experience in research, data analysis, or laboratory.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science or quantitative field, or substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Other Qualifications

  • 5 years of research experience, including at least 2 years of experience conducting statistical analysis and interpretation of findings for epidemiological studies using SAS program or other similar statistical tools and contributing to preparation of manuscripts for peer-review journal submission preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of and experience with SAS or other comparable statistical programming, languages, and software to create, manage and analyze data.
  • Basic knowledge of epidemiologic study design and or environmental health.
  • Experience working with large datasets such as registry data, claims data, and hospital discharge data.
  • Experience writing study protocols or documenting/maintaining data processing, code, and codebooks.
  • Experience and/or interest in health disparities and/or cancer research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with the public and diverse communities and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work with some or minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to clearly summarize and communicate data and methods to collaborators and/ or audiences with varied professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to conduct infrequent travel when required.
  • Must be able to pass background checks required for this job.
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, epidemiology, or related field strongly preferred.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



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