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Research Scientist II

Posting Number: #1113

Position Title: Research Scientist II

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

The Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) designs, catalyzes, and accelerates innovative approaches that advance population health, well-being, and equity. Under the direction of PHIL’s Director of Research and Network Science, the Research Scientist II is responsible for designing and leading PHIL research and evaluation projects. Major activities include designing and implementing research protocols and evaluation plans; collecting data using multiple modes; analyzing quantitative and qualitative data; presenting research and evaluation findings to diverse audiences; providing customers with technical assistance and training; preparing summary reports and journal manuscripts; leading proposal development.

Pay: $93,201 to $116,797 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $93,201 to $116,797 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements research protocols and evaluation plans, including sampling design, data collection procedures, and issues of human subjects protections.
  • Manages complex research and evaluation projects, including monitoring timelines, coordinating project teams, and communicating with clients/funders.
  • Collects quantitative and qualitative data using a variety of techniques, including questionnaire, interview, focus group, meeting observation, document/website review, web scraping, and secondary data sources.
  • Collects quantitative and qualitative data using a variety of techniques, including questionnaire, interview, focus group, meeting observation, document/website review, web scraping, and secondary data sources.
  • Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data using a variety of techniques, including thematic analysis; summary, inferential, and predictive statistics; and network analysis.
  • Visualizes quantitative and qualitative data using a variety of techniques, including static visualizations of overviews, trends, comparisons, and networks; interactive visualizations of complex data with data dashboards and stories.
  • Manages quantitative and qualitative data, including ensuring data security and data qua.
  • Prepares reports and manuscripts including infographics, brief reports, summary reports with recommendations, and manuscripts for book chapters or scientific journal publications.
  • Prepares abstracts for submission to research conferences.
  • Presents research and evaluation findings to participants, stakeholders, and at national conferences.
  • Provides oversight to research associates and assistants.
  • Prepares documentation on protection of human subjects and completion of contract requirements.
  • Develops and maintain procedures, records, and documentation for the study.
  • Leads grant writing and reporting.
  • Provides technical assistance to customers and stakeholders.
  • Provides training to PHI staff, customers, and stakeholders.
  • Completes other tasks as deemed necessary by management.

Minimum 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.

  • At least 5 years of social science research experience (doctoral degree research may be included).
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience planning and implementing research and/or evaluation projects, including collecting data in the field, conducting data analysis using statistical software packages, and reporting findings to diverse audiences.
  • Survey research experience, including research design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Ability to conduct descriptive, inferential, and predictive data analysis.
  • Experience preparing journal articles and research reports.

Desired Qualifications

In addition to the minimum qualifications listed above, the following qualifications are desired.

  • Experience conducting evaluation and/or research focused on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), childhood protective factors, and/or toxic stress.
  • Experience leading rigorous, multi-year evaluation projects using structured evaluation approaches, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) framework for program evaluation.
  • Experience using data collection tools such as Qualtrics and Discourse Network Analyzer.
  • Experience using data analysis tools such as R, Stata, Nvivo, Dedoose, and Gephi.
  • Experience using data visualization tools such as Tableau, Kumu, ArcGIS Online, Qualtrics reports, and Canva.
  • Experience developing and managing databases using software such as Microsoft Access or MySQL.
  • Experience designing and conducting formative and summative program evaluations, mixed-methods research studies, and network studies using network analysis.
  • Experience providing research and management consultation.
  • Bilingual.

Education

  • Master’s degree in related field, or Bachelor’s with 4 years of additional relevant experience.
  • Doctoral degree in Public Health, Public Affairs, Data Science, or related field preferred.

Important Information

Applicants should understand the nature of the position before applying, including that:

  • Time commitment may fluctuate with projects, ranging from .50 FTE (20 hours/week) to 1.0 FTE (40 hours/week).
  • This position is fully remote. Applicants should be equipped to work from home with reliable internet and computer access.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS

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.

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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