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Research Associate (7397U), Forum for Collaborative Research - 66222
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 20, 2024
Title Research Associate (7397U), Forum for Collaborative Research - 66222
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Health Sciences - General
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Research Associate (7397U), Forum for Collaborative Research - 66222

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Public Health (BPH) aims to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations, preeminent education, and transformational research. Established in 1943, BPH is a professional school on the UC Berkeley campus that comprises six academic divisions and nearly 30 research centers and programs. Our department's values include social justice, health as a right, challenging conventional thought, embracing diversity, and creating meaningful impact. We honor our principles of community by centering and valuing everyone in our community; prioritizing prevention while remaining grounded in social justice; promoting safety and respect; practicing self-care and kindness; and remaining optimistic, hopeful, and committed to change. Learn more at:

The Forum for Collaborative Research, located in Washington, D.C, a public/private partnership and part of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has addressed cutting edge regulatory science and policy issues for over 20 years through a process of stakeholder engagement and deliberation. Research Associates in the Forum for Collaborative Research are deeply engaged in complex multi-stakeholder projects that address major epidemiological and public health problems in a number of disease areas: HIV; Hepatitis B; liver diseases such as Metabolic Dysfunction-associated Steatohepatitis (MASH), Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), and Pediatric Cholestatic Liver Disease (PCLD); ocular diseases; transplantation-associated viral infections such as Cytomegalovirus; and genetically-based rare diseases. Research Associates organize meetings, workshops, and symposia that bring these communities together, perform research and literature reviews in support of those projects, and coordinate efforts on Forum outputs such as publications and proposals.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: Monday, April 1, 2024


  • Independently implements a work-plan to set up symposia - notifying attendees of logistics, agenda, assuring that meeting planner has appropriately prepared meeting infrastructure and addressing logistical issues raised by attendees.
  • Assists senior staff in performing research such as identifying and distributing background materials, preparing initial drafts for review by the Director and/or expert faculty and incorporating recommended changes.
  • Independently writes first drafts of planned publications, abstracts, or meeting summaries based on content of Forum symposia, individual projects and scientific symposia for review and editing.
  • Prepares background materials for grant applications and/or funding requests and symposia.
  • Supports senior staff in analysis of scientific data or clinical information.
  • Works closely with administrative staff and senior staff to assure progress on weekly work-plan.
  • Prepares weekly report on activities for review by senior staff and works closely with junior staff.
  • Identifies problems and proposes solutions to problems for presentation to faculty and supervisory staff.
  • Assists junior staff in identification, collection and posting of didactic materials for students per direction of staff.
  • Participates in workshops, trainings, and other professional development activities.
  • Completes other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs, including Microsoft Excel and ability to manipulate spreadsheet data.
  • Proficient in communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proficient in ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze information, research and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail.
  • Proficient in ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member with senior internal and external scientists, public health officials, physicians and administrative personnel.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage work assignments of junior scientific staff (interns).
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with scientists and physicians, government officials and public health/patient advocates.
  • Ability to conduct background scientific research independently and prepare summaries, meeting minutes, draft scientific abstracts and paper.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with public health issues in the areas of liver disease, viral hepatitis, HIV, CMV, and/or other disease areas.


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

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $32.00 - $37.00 ($66,816 - $77,256.00 annually). The full pay scale for this position classification (grade 19) is $28.30 - $48.71 ($59,090.40 - $101,706.48 annually).

  • This is a 12-month, 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), contract position that is eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension.
  • This position is non-exempt and bi-weekly.
  • This is a hybrid position, eligible for up to 20% remote capability.
  • This position is located in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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