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Research Scientist II

Posting Number: #1160

Position Title: Research Scientist II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote (California)

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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 Alcohol Research Group, a longstanding program under the auspices of the Public Health Institute, conducts and disseminates high-quality research on the epidemiology of alcohol consumption and problems including related health disparities, alcohol health services research, and alcohol policies while also training future generations of alcohol researchers.  ARG is also home to a National Alcohol Research Center, one of multiple program grants awarded nationwide by NIAAA.  Staff are comprised of Research Scientists, and research and administrative support staff.

Working independently under the broad supervision of the Principal Investigators, this position is responsible for assisting and carrying out the activities of the research program as specified in the grant applications.

Remote work is an option.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Demonstrate leadership and contribution to the alcohol, drug and/or mental health fields.
  2. Prepare human subjects submissions and data archive submissions and assist the PIs in other tasks related to study regulatory compliance.
  3. Project organization, data gathering, database development and survey development for the Alcohol and Drug Harms to Others Survey (ADHTOS).
  4. Assist with project organization, data cleaning, coding and analyses utilizing a series of Washington state surveys on cannabis legalization.
  5. Conduct complex and multi-level analyses of data sets, involving both data preparation and implementation of analyses using appropriate statistical programs e.g., STATA, R, Mplus.
  6. Write scientific papers, either independently or in collaboration with peers under the aegis of the Principal Investigators.
  7. Search relevant literature to identify new or related developments within the appropriate scientific fields.
  8. Present findings of studies at conferences under the aegis of the Principal Investigators.
  9. Participate actively in ARG’s intellectual/scientific life through presence and presentations in the weekly seminar and other research-related seminars.  Participate also in ARG administrative committees and other service.
  10. In response to announcements from federal sources, participate in grant or contract applications, potentially including development of budget, budget justifications, fieldwork, specific aims, background and significance, research design and methods, and any other necessary components.
  11. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

 Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge:  Ph.D. preferred or equivalent degree in relevant field.  Knowledge of scientific alcohol literature or of professional literature in own field.

Skills and Abilities:  Able to think creatively and independently and function well on a research team.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Broad organizational, quantitative, writing, and editing skills including familiarity with spreadsheets.  Ability to work with and apply concepts relevant to statistical inference and interpretation of statistical tests.  Experience in and familiarity with statistical techniques necessary for large data sets, including such packages as STATA, R and Mplus, and/or other statistical packages as may be needed; advanced statistics; research methods; and behavioral science theory.

Experience:  This category prefers a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and at least five years of experience in a research position.  Evidence of such contribution through authorship of at least five (5) peer reviewed research papers (single authorship or in collaboration with others); responsible participation in grant writing is desirable.  Individuals with a Doctoral degree may have fewer published papers depending on how recently the degree was completed.

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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

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