Research Associate, SPH - Washington DC (7397U) 12536

San Francisco
Nov 16, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Associate, SPH - Washington DC (7397U) 12536 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 11/27/2020

Departmental Overview

The Forum for Collaborative Research, founded in 1997, is a public/private collaboration addressing cutting edge science and policy issues through a process of stakeholder engagement. The mission of the Forum is to facilitate collaborative research in drug development and health policy. The Forum's has a unique and complex structure that includes stakeholder partners such as patients/patient advocates, academia, governmental agencies, industry, insurers, professional societies and other relevant entities, whose collaborative activities the Forum coordinates in a neutral and independent space for ongoing, issue-specific deliberation. In addition, the Forum has an active educational program that includes academic year and summer student intern training, on campus and online for-credit courses through UC Berkeley SPH, training workshops for regulatory personnel from agencies, industry and academia. The Forum offices are located at the UC in DC Campus in Washington, DC.

**This position will be located on the UC in DC campus in Washington, DC. once shelter-in-place orders are lifted.**


Involves working with faculty, senior research scientists and senior research associates to implement research plans and set up scientific symposia under direct supervision. Key Responsibilities include:
  • Independently implements a work-plan to set up symposia - notifying attendees of logistics, agenda, reimbursement policy, assuring that meeting planner has appropriately prepared meeting infrastructure and addressing logistical issues raised by attendees
  • Assists senior staff in performing research such as identifying and distributing background materials, preparing initial drafts for review by more senior staff and incorporating recommended changes.
  • Independently writes first drafts of planned publications, abstracts, or meeting summaries based on content of faculty roundtables, individual projects and scientific symposia for review and editing.
  • Prepares background materials for grant applications and/or funding requests and symposia.
  • Independently identifies and assists with grant applications or funding opportunities after reviewing the grant or funding documents.
  • Works closely with administrative staff and senior staff to assure progress on weekly work-plan.
  • Prepares weekly report on activities for review by senior staff and works closely with junior staff.
  • Identifies problems and proposes solutions to problems for presentation to faculty and supervisory staff.
  • Assists junior staff in identification, collection and posting of didactic materials for students per direction of staff.
  • Supports senior staff in analysis of scientific data or clinical information

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs, including Excel and ability to manipulate spreadsheet data
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.
  • Solid ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Working skills to analyze information and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail.
  • Works effectively as a team member with senior internal and external scientists, public health officials, physicians and administrative personnel.
  • Coordinates and manages work assignments of junior scientific staff (interns).
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills. Communicates clearly and effectively with scientists and physicians, government officials, and public health/patient advocates.
  • Able to conduct background scientific research independently and prepare summaries, meeting minutes, draft scientific abstracts and papers.
  • Able to post background materials on company website without supervision.
  • Familiarity and interest in public health, with an emphasis on the areas of liver disease, viral hepatitis, HIV, CMV, and/or other disease areas.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Master's degree in public health or other life sciences is preferred.

Salary & Benefits

Hiring Range: $27.78 - $33.52 per hour. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information
  • 100% FTE
  • 2-year contract appointment
  • This position is located in Washington DC. Incumbent will be required to work at the DC location, once shelter-in-place orders are lifted.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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