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Research Scientist

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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Nov 26, 2021

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The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute, led by Dr. David Wetter, is seeking applicants for multiple Research Scientist positions.The Center for HOPE conducts community-engaged clinical, population, and implementation science research that focuses on health inequities, behavioral risk factors, cancer and chronic disease, infectious disease, 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 Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, LGBTQ+, low socioeconomic status, and rural/frontier. Research scientists will have the opportunity to participate in multiple NIH, PCORI, CDC, and ACS funded intervention, mechanism, and dissemination/implementation studies. Intervention studies include tobacco cessation treatment engagement, HPV vaccination, COVID-19 vaccination and testing, 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 health information technology at the point of care, smartphone apps, motivational enhancement therapies, and health care system changes. Innovative 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 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. The mentoring team has an exceptional track record of helping scholars obtain independent funding as principal investigators of NIH funded K, F, and R01 awards. 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 research intensive institution in the Mountain West. Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation and an affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 35% minority (22% Latinx), has the 7th highest proportion of LGBTQ+ residents among U.S. cities, and almost 1 in 5 residents were born outside the U.S.
It is strongly preferred that candidates have a doctoral degree in public health, behavioral science, or other relevant social or population science. We will begin reviewing applications in October 2021, and highly encourage applications by November 24, 2021, although we will review applications after that date as well.
Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should include the following in their application:1. Cover letter describing their research interests in health inequities and implementation, population, and/or clinical science; research experience; and, experience and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.2. Curriculum Vitae
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.
Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Learn more about HCI's commitments at and/or contact HCI's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.Responsibilities Minimum QualificationsBachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.Preferences Type Benefited Staff Special Instructions Summary
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