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Posting Number / Title: #012-19 RESEARCH SCIENTIST I

For qualifications and to apply, visit: http://www.phi.org/work-with-us/employment/position-description/index.php?id=19876

The Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) is seeking a full-time Research Scientist I for work in nutrition, physical activity, and wellness research and policy. CWN focuses on assisting adults and youth, and particularly members of underserved, low-income populations, to become aware of and adept at using pathways and tools to achieve and enhance their physical, mental, and social well-being so that they thrive throughout life. And, CWN works to build capacity for leadership in communities and institutions to address the social determinants of health.

Under general oversight by the Research and Evaluation Manager, this position will exercise judgment in selecting quantitative and qualitative data analytic approaches, completing analyses, and interpreting results. The successful candidate will lead process, formative, outcome, and impact evaluation studies which may include participatory action research/community engagement projects; Policy, Systems, and Environmental change evaluations; evaluations of health-education interventions; and other evaluation projects, as required.

As a Research Scientist, your duties and responsibilities will be:

Act as the primary analyst on a specified subset of CWN’s research and evaluation projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for applying advanced knowledge, skills, and experience to develop evaluation approaches, prepare evaluation plans, and conduct and write up moderately complex data analyses. This position will have primary responsibility for selecting and applying methodological and analytic techniques and may provide mentorship to junior colleagues but will not have supervisory responsibilities. This position reports to the CWN’s Research and Evaluation Manager, under general direction of the Director of the CWN.

Duties for the current fiscal year will focus primarily on two projects. The Research Scientist I will provide evaluation support for national Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health grantees, under an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The successful candidate will also support CWN’s statewide online SNAP-Ed evaluation project – applying the USDA’s SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, along with best practices for program evaluation and research, to assess program performance under a contract with the California Department of Social Services.

He/she will be responsible for cultivating relationships with external organizations and agencies; supplying authoritative research and evaluation support directly to clients; designing evaluation methodologies and data collection protocols; overseeing data collectors; and participating in periodic field data collection as needed. He/she will also participate in drafting reports and scientific publications, summary materials, policy briefs, and presentations. We are seeking someone who is passionate about public health and skilled in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

  • Leads data analyses: prepares and drafts evaluation plans and data-analysis plans, completes quantitative analyses of moderate scope and qualitative analyses of limited scope, reviews quantitative and qualitative analyses conducted by colleagues.
  • With minimal support, writes and disseminates reports, research briefs, fact sheets, and manuscripts for peer review; prepares abstracts and delivers oral and poster presentations for lay, professional, and scientific audiences.
  • Contributes to proposals, prepares and submits IRB protocols, coordinates evaluations with program staff as “internal clients,” oversees data collection and implements quality assurance procedures.
  • Applies subject-matter expertise and quickly develops and applies new subject-matter expertise as a partner/collaborator to internal and external clients, serving a diverse client base within a growth-oriented organization.
  • Collaborates closely with program staff on technical assistance to clients and provides lay interpretation of results and recommendations to clients, colleagues and partners to ensure broad use of evaluation findings for conveying program success and implementing project improvements.