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Senior Research Associate (7398U), School of Public Health - 42396
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2022
Title Senior Research Associate (7398U), School of Public Health - 42396
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Public Health/Management/Administration

Senior Research Associate (7398U), School of Public Health - 42396

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

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, with over 200 faculty, 120 academic/research staff, 155 management/professional/administrative staff, and 285 student researchers/instructors/workers. The School offers a core MPH degree with nine areas of study, along with five MA and MS degree programs, a DrPH and five PhD degree programs, and five concurrent programs with other UC Berkeley schools and colleges; in addition, the School offers a joint degree with UC San Francisco. 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 enrolls approximately 825 graduate students per year, as well as educating roughly 440 undergraduate students through an upper-division public health major. The School's more than 13,000 graduates can be found working throughout the world, in both the public and private sectors.

This position will support the management and operations of projects at the Forum for Collaborative Research (Forum) at SPH. The Forum, 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. 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. This position will be housed at the Forum offices located at the UCDC Campus in Washington, DC.

The Forum is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on advancing the regulatory sciences for the treatment of NAFLD/NASH, PSC, liver fibrosis, HBV, HIV, TAVI, and Ocular Diseases. The Forum brings together experts in transplantation medicine, infectious diseases, virology, immunology, and diagnostics from academia, regulatory agencies, industry, and professional societies to discuss, deliberate, and generate consensus on issues such as disease definitions, standardization of diagnostic approaches, and clinical trial design.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 23, 2022


  • Independently designs, writes up work plans, implements symposia, reports, projects working groups, and undertakes follow up evaluations for 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, the Forum's Director, and Deputy 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 document.
  • Works closely with administrative staff, program peers, the Forum's Director, and Deputy 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 solutions for discussion and decision by collaborative teams or Forum leadership, or independently implements solutions without additional supervision.
  • Works with the Forum's Director and external expert research collaborators in analysis of scientific data or clinical information.
  • Researches and drafts complex proposals, reports, briefings, executive summaries, and speeches.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts internally and with external constituents for the collection and exchange of data.
  • Attend trainings as needed and required by the university and unit.
  • Other Duties as assigned by the Forum leadership.

Required Qualifications

  • Familiarity with drug development issues in liver diseases, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, pediatric cholestatic diseases including Alagille Syndrome, Biliary Atresia, and Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis is preferred.
  • 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 including proficiency with Excel.
  • Analytical/problem-solving skills.
  • 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 national and international collaborators, including community and patient advocates, scientific experts from academia, industry and regulatory agencies.
  • Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing scientific literature 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, Forum Director, and Deputy Director able to conduct scientific research and prepare summaries, meeting minutes, draft scientific abstracts and draft and final papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Able to work with CRM software, including Salesforce, email distribution platforms and other related programs.


  • Master's degree in public health or other life sciences and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working internationally or with global health organizations involving regulators, industry, academic institutions is a plus.
  • Ability to present at Forum meetings or conferences is highly desirable.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract appointment with the possibility of extension.
  • This position is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

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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