Research Assistant (Junior Specialist)

  • University of California, San Francisco, Emergency Medicine Department
  • ZSFG, Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full time   Medicine & Dentistry

Job Description

Professor Renee Hsia is seeking to recruit a highly skilled and motivated individual to join her team as a full-time Research Assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The successful applicant will be based at UCSF and will work with Professor Hsia on research analyzing access to emergency services and systems of emergency care, with a specific interest in access disparities and the impact of healthcare system changes on outcomes for vulnerable populations. Research from the team has been cited in the Washington Post, New York Times, and other national print and radio media.

The position is ideally suited for recent university graduates who would like to prepare themselves for MD or PhD studies after having completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Responsibilities of this position include extracting, organizing, and interpreting data from various sources; working independently and directly with data analysts, research fellows, and faculty on research design and presentations; performing literature searches (e.g., advanced PubMed) and synthesizing results concisely; assisting with interpretation and exploration of data; managing multiple research projects simultaneously; drafting, proofreading, and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals; and writing and managing human subjects (Institutional Review Board) approvals within and outside of UCSF. Previous research assistants have co-authored papers with the research team and have regularly interact with faculty at UCSF. Candidates will be hired on renewable one-year contracts, with strong preference for candidates who can commit to a two-year period.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a long-term interest in the field of health services research, health economics, public health, and/or public policy. Prior background of research in these fields is useful but not necessary. The candidate must be self-directed and detail-oriented, with preference for those with and a strong communicator in written and spoken English.
  • BA/BS with a major in a related field (e.g., liberal arts, economics, public policy, and/or pre-medical background) and one-year experience (part-time acceptable); or at least 4 years of research experience.
  • Ability to meet precise deadlines, follow strict confidentiality guidelines, handle highly sensitive information, and be part of a fast-paced problem-solving team that works with minimum supervision and is extremely motivated.
  • Superior writing skills.
  • Strong analytical abilities and quantitative facility, including comfort and experience with intermediate statistics, and familiarity with statistical software packages (e.g., R, STATA, or SAS, etc.).
  • Technical proficiency in standard Microsoft Office Software and ability to learn data hosting service platform.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • High integrity and strong work ethic.

Applicant’s materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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, age or protected veteran status.

Application Details

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)
  • Misc / Additional - writing sample (research paper, proposal, or similar expository piece-must be sole-authored)

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required


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