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Location Headquarters: UC Office of the President, Oakland, CA
Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in their academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project Scientist titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program they are not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. They will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
Purpose and Clientele:
The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) is an ANR statewide unit that conducts and translates policy- relevant research to transform environments for healthy children, families, and communities. NPI researchers work with other researchers throughout the UC system as well as local, state, and national partners. NPI projects are funded primarily from grants and contracts with 20-30 active research and evaluation projects underway at any given time. NPI is headquartered in the UC Office of the President at 1111 Franklin Street, Fifth floor, Oakland, CA 94607.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The Assistant Project Scientist will critically review and synthesize the literature to develop research questions, hypotheses and study methods; develop participant recruitment and retention protocols and protocols for IRB submission; design and conduct collaborative research projects in multiple settings including communities, schools, and childcare facilities involving assessment of the food environment and individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to the improvement of food policies, food systems, prevention of chronic diseases and optimization of health and wellbeing; evaluate the impacts of programs, policies and practices designed to improve nutrition and food security to reduce health disparities among children, families and communities; facilitate state and national interactions between researchers, policy makers, and diverse community groups; write research reports and peer-reviewed publications; and develop science-based policy and environmental solutions to improve physical, environmental, and social health for diverse populations.
Reporting Relationship: The Assistant Project Scientist is administratively responsible to the NPI Project Scientist for the conduct of research and evaluation. The Assistant Project Scientist will report directly to the NPI Project Scientist.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Education: An earned Ph.D. in community nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, public health, health policy or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.
Skills Required: To be successful, a Project Scientist requires skills in the following:
Technical Competence and Impact
Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility
Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
About UC ANR
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California. We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians. UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.
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Salary & Benefits
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Assistant Project Scientist Rank – Salary range $68,400 - $79,300 (up to Step 4). For information regarding the Project Scientist series salary scales, please refer to https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t37-b.pdf. This is a represented position.
The Assistant Project Scientist position is a definite term appointment. The position is a one-year renewable term appointment with a merit cycle every two years. The performance in the position will be evaluated annually. The position will be extended based on the continued need for the position, performance and availability of funding.
Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #22-67)
Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by September 26, 2022 (open until filled).
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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
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As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.