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University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/01/2020

Requisition Number PRN24412B

Job Title Research Scientist

Working Title Research Scientist

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 01852 - HCI David Wetter Research Prog

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 80000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Center for HOPE , led by Dr. David Wetter, conducts community-engaged clinical and implementation science research that focuses on health inequities, behavioral risk factors, cancer screening and vaccination, and use of state of the science biomedical informatics and mobile health technologies for both assessment and intervention. Special populations of interest include Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, LGBTQ+, low socioeconomic status, and rural/frontier. Research scientists will have the opportunity to participate in several newly-funded implementation science studies of evidence-based interventions to increase tobacco cessation treatment engagement, HPV vaccination, COVID -19 Screening and testing, and other screening and health risk behaviors, primarily among patients who receive medical care from community health centers. Treatment approaches being investigated by our team include smartphone apps, motivational enhancement therapies, mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral interventions, provider reminders, patient reminders, and health care system changes. Assessment approaches include on-body human sensing technologies, ecological momentary assessments, and GPS / GIS . Study designs include Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials ( SMART ), Micro-Randomized Trials ( MRT ), and longitudinal cohorts.

The Center for HOPE provides unusually rich opportunities in community-engaged implementation science and clinical research. The successful candidates will join an established research team with a large portfolio of federally-funded intervention, mechanism, and dissemination/implementation studies. They will join an active and engaged cadre of peer scholars. Research Scientists are responsible for assisting the Principal Investigator to plan, organize, direct, implement, and manage all aspects of the Center’s research and clinical projects. Research scientists will have publication and grant-writing opportunities, and will share in authorship and investigator status in a manner commensurate with their effort and responsibilities. For interested candidates, there are outstanding opportunities for further developing quantitative analysis and statistical expertise via workshops, courses, and with our collaborators across campus. Salary is extremely competitive with excellent fringe benefits.

The University of Utah encompasses both the flagship university and the health sciences campus for the state, competes in the Pac-12 conference, and is the largest institution in the entire Mountain West. Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation and a very affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 7th highest proportion of LGBTQ+ residents among U.S. cities.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.

Responsibilities

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

It is strongly preferred that candidates have a doctoral degree in public health, psychology, or other relevant social or population science. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should include the following in their application:

1.Cover letter describing their research interests in health inequities, implementation or clinical science, and their research experience;

2.Curriculum Vitae

Equal Opportunity Employer-Females/Minorities/Veterans/

Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: oeo@umail.utah.edu .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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