Social Science Research Professional - The Department of Pediatrics

Location
California
Posted
17 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Aug 2019
Ref
83932
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Grade: G
FTE 100%

The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 2 to perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies requiring continuous exercising of independent initiative and judgment. Provide guidance to less experienced colleagues.

Dr. Halpern-Felsher recently received a number of new grants and contracts and has expanded her research and intervention work greatly. Her tobacco prevention toolkit, an online prevention curriculum, has reached over 450,000 students this year. She has received additional funding to expand this toolkit and disseminate it in all states throughout the US. As such, she needs someone with the unique skills of curriculum development, training and dissemination to direct these new endeavors. The incumbent will not only direct and lead this new aspect of the lab, but will oversee other research assistant/coordinators in the lab to assist her.

Duties include:

  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  • Solve problems, and make decisions that affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

*- Other duties may also be assigned

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in a social science related field, experience working with and studying schools and communities, experience working on tobacco- and substance-use prevention, experience working with youth, experience analyzing and writing papers.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):

Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):

  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Developing supervisory skills.

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES:

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

Requisition ID: 83932