Senior Research Associate, SPH - Washington, DC (7398U) - 13616
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 29, 2020
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. It is part of the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. The mission of the Forum is to facilitate collaborative research in drug development and health policy. The Forum 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 UCDC Campus in Washington, D.C.
The School of Public Health (SPH) is a large and complex professional school at UC Berkeley, with a mission to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations, preeminent education, and transformational research. The School is comprised of six academic divisions and 30 research centers and programs. The School launched UC Berkeley's first on-line degree program in 2012 and is rapidly expanding the program to reach a wide range of domestic and international audiences through online degrees, certificate programs, and executive education. The School's more than 13,000 graduates can be found working throughout the world, in both the public and private sectors. Learn more at http://sph.berkeley.edu/
This position will support the management and operations of the Liver Forum, a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on facilitating the development of therapeutics for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/ non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NAFLD/NASH). The Liver Forum is comprised of members from academia, clinical research, regulatory agencies, patient organizations, and industry (pharmaceutical, device, biotech.
This position will be located on the UCDC campus in Washington, D.C., once shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
Independently designs, writes up workplan, implements symposia, reports, projects working groups, and undertakes follow up evaluations for the Liver Forum activities.
Independent ability to interact with collaborators for all aspects of their participation including logistics, substantive contributions, follow up action items and analysis of successes and areas for improvement in subsequent meetings.
Works largely independently of senior staff, while exercising independent judgment to identify activities requiring cooperating and collaborating with peer colleagues and program director, to undertake research, direct and review intern research projects and related activities, prepare and distribute background materials, prepare drafts for discussion with external and internal collaborators and prepares final products for distribution.
Oversees and executes writing, in collaboration with internal and external colleagues, publications, abstracts, or meeting summaries based on content of expert roundtables, individual projects and scientific symposia
Identifies necessary background materials for symposia, expert meetings, and collaborative meetings with scientists, regulators, industry representatives, patient and community advocates and other Forum collaborators.
Independently collects and distributes such materials and supervises interns and junior staff in the collection and preparation for distribution of such materials.
Manages and assists with grant applications or funding opportunities after reviewing the grant or funding documents.
Works closely with administrative staff, program peers and project director to assure progress on overall Forum work-plan.
Independently identifies areas of work-plan that are not being met and proposes changes to plan or implementation and assumes responsibility for execution of changes
Identifies problems and proposes solutions to problems and, either or both presents solution for discussion and decision by collaborative teams or project director, or independently implements solutions without additional supervision.
Works with program director and external expert research collaborators in analysis of scientific data or clinical information.
Researches and drafts complex proposals, reports, briefings, executive summaries, speeches.
Establishes and maintains contacts internally and with external constituents for the collection and exchange of data.
Familiarity with liver disease, particularly NAFLD/NASH is highly desirable.
The ability to learn quickly and expand knowledge of project disease areas is essential.
Strong project management skills are essential.
Knowledge of common computer application programs.
Strong proficiency with Excel and able to prepare and manipulate spread sheet data.
Very experienced and able to draft, revise, and produce polished PowerPoint presentations.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate (both orally and in writing) effectively with all levels of staff and a broad range of external and international collaborators, including community and patient advocates, scientific experts from academia and industry and national drug regulators.
Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals, reports, policy papers and academic journal articles.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Ability to take initiative and solve problems independently while understanding when to seek guidance from manager or others.
Ability to independently identify or research and find tools, procedures and precedents to improve effectiveness of the unit and our research / policy / analysis team.
Works effectively, both independently and in collaboration with other Forum project peers and program director, as team member with senior internal and external scientists, public health officials, industry representatives, physicians and administrative personnel.
Independently identifies, explains, coordinates, and manages work assignments of junior staff and interns.
Very strong writing and oral communications skills.
Communicates clearly and effectively with scientists and physicians, government officials and public health/patient advocates.
Independently and in coordination with program collaborators, peer program staff and program director, able to conduct scientific and policy research and prepare summaries, meeting minutes, draft scientific abstracts and draft and final papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Able to participate in internal administrative team that identifies and implements necessary improvements to CRM software, including databases, email distribution and related programs.
Master's degree in public health or other life sciences and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $72,000.00 - $80,000.00.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
100% FTE (Full-time).
2-year contract position.
This position is located in Washington D.C. Incumbent will be required to work at the DC location, once shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
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