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Research Scientist I

  2022-08-24     Public Health Institute     Berkeley  

PO 3299246

Research Scientist I

Posting Number: 1309

Closing Date:

Location: Berkeley, CA

PHI's Prevention Policy Group works to advance public policies that use the best scientific evidence in public health to prevent the occurrence of disease and reduce inequities in health. To do that it carries out research, builds coalitions, designs policy proposals, and evaluates innovative policy solutions. The group currently includes the Getting it Right from the Start team which works on cannabis policy that can better protect youth, public health, and equity where cannabis is being legalized; the California Alliance for Prevention Funding, that works to advance stable funding support for prevention and health equity in communities, work on food policy and the Safely Opening Schools project that works on COVID-19 prevention in schools.
Position Summary

This research scientist position will lead the implementation and management of a newly funded three-year study: ABC Study: Assessing barriers to community engagement in applying tobacco control lessons to cannabis policy. The research scientist will be part of the Getting it Right from the Start broader team and may also support other ongoing research and advocacy efforts, and will help build our network of community partners across the State of California.

Through a series of surveys and interviews over a three year period, this specific project aims to address three main questions: 1) What are the facilitators and barriers to engagement of traditional California tobacco control and substance abuse partners in applying tobacco control lessons to cannabis policy; 2) What are the attitudes, practices, and knowledge of policymakers towards applying these lessons to cannabis policy; and 3) What is the effectiveness of an innovative tool, the California Local Cannabis Policy Scorecard, in reaching and engaging these stakeholders.

This position may work partially remotely. In-person duties will be performed in Berkeley, CA. Candidates in the Bay Area or willing to relocate are preferred.

Pay: $77,939 to 90,000 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $77,939 to $90,000 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate's knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Full Time
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

• Establishes detailed proposal and outlines research procedures to be followed.
• Develops surveys and interview scripts.
• Conducts qualitative research and collect, record, analyze data.
• Supports development and dissemination of California Local Cannabis Policy scorecards as part of the intervention.
• Prepares scientific publications.
• Prepares lay materials and publications for translation of research findings.
• Manages budget and schedule based on the variety of methods to be used, availability and quantity of resources, and number of personnel assigned to participate in project.
• Proposes new research and evaluation priorities.
• Grant management and reporting.
• Prepares and presents scientific reports before professional and lay audiences.
• Be engaged in translation and advocacy with project findings including building network for cannabis policy advocacy.
• Supports other program activities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

• At least 3 years of experience with qualitative research, grant management, academic publications, and research project management (can include doctoral research). Experience should include:

• Project management and research coordination experience within a relevant area of public health.
• Experience in qualitative research methods, including key informant interviews.
• Experience with survey design and implementation, including research design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis.
• Experience preparing journal articles and research reports.

• Bachelor's Degree in relevant field, or substitute with 4 additional years of related experience.

Other Qualifications

• Doctorate in relevant field strongly preferred. Candidates with a Master's degree and strong skills will be considered.
• Experience in working successfully with community, tobacco control or substance abuse or other public health organizations highly desirable.
• Familiarity with qualitative research methods, including key informant interviews.
• Strong analytical skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Strong presentation skills with ability to present research findings at scientific or lay conferences and seminars.
• Strong collaborative skills.
• Self-starter, strong capacity to work autonomously.
• Ability to commute to work in Berkeley CA by public or private transportation when necessary.


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.


Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires 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.

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