Research Scientist, University of Utah Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity, Salt Lake City, UT

Research Scientist, University of Utah Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity, Salt Lake City, UT

Posting Date: 02/12/2020

Job Information/Description:

Due to a significant expansion of our implementation science portfolio, the University of Utah Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (Center for HOPE) is accepting applications for multiple Research Scientist positions. 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, African Americans, 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, 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.

Qualifications include 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.

Contact Information:

Applicants should submit their application at 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.

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