Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Research Intern, SPH (7396U) 5912
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 2/27/2020
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health was founded in 1943; during 2018 we celebrated our 75th anniversary. We are fueled by a deep commitment to social and environmental justice, scientific inquiry and discovery, and community-engaged public health action. The School's mission is to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable. We do this by preparing the next generation of diverse public health scholars, practitioners, and leaders through preeminent educational programs; transformational research that sheds new light on the public health threats and opportunities of today and tomorrow; and by translating new discoveries into practice through partnerships that address the critical health needs and inequities in our diverse communities. The School is a world-renowned institution and widely regarded as the birthplace of social epidemiology and community-based participatory research. Our research broadly focuses on the interaction of biological, behavioral, and environmental determinants of human health. In 2018-19, the School enrolled 720 graduate students across MPH, MS, MA, PhD, and DrPH degree offerings, with both residential and online programs, as well as educating 440 undergraduate students through an upper-division public health major.
This is a one-year contract position in which we will professionally develop a recently graduated public health professional to develop public health-related research skills. The expectation is that the incumbent will be able to develop and learn new research-related skills over the course of this one-year position. The incumbent will coordinate activities and assist with data collection and administration related to ongoing childhood obesity prevention studies. Studies include, but are not limited to: The San Francisco Unified School District Food Waste Study (a 3-year quasi-experimental study examining the impact of in-district from-scratch cooking on student lunch consumption and food waste); the New York PE Study (a project examining the impact of recent physical education changes on student fitness in NYC elementary schools); and the Soda Study (a longitudinal examination of beverage consumption patterns in Bay Area cities pre- and post-soda taxes). Funding for this position is for only one-year and the position will be terminated after one year of employment.
Key Responsibilities include:
Collects and assembles analytical and factual data, including anthropometric, survey, interview, and accelerometer data.
Learns to prepare reports and summarize information available on research data and identifies other matters of significance. Contacts study participants to gather research-related information and study data.
Learns to prepare preliminary outlines and data table shells for the conduct of analysis and accomplishment of assigned objectives related to research studies.
Provides a variety of preliminary analytical studies, including public health and obesity-related literature reviews, in support of the team's research.
Learns to determine and locate sources for the collection of information and data related to research studies.
Executes special or continuous research and data analysis responsibilities including assisting with IRB applications.
Skills to learn campus-specific and other computer application programs.
Basic communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
Skills to analyze information and learn to synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail.
Bachelors in Public Health or a related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Salary & Benefits
$22.08 per hour. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
100% FTE, Contract appointment. 1 year duration (approx 6/1/20 to 5/31/21) Funding for this position is for only one-year and the position will be terminated after one year of employment.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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