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Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist - Public Health

Application Window

Open date: December 17th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science ( at the University of California, San Diego, is committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body and seeks a Project Scientist (non-tenured, Assistant, Associate or Full level) to contribute to new and ongoing public health research studies focusing on nutrition and chronic disease prevention.

As a critical member of the research team, the Project Scientist will contribute to the planning, development, and implementation of research studies and be responsible for major contributions to scientific writing, grant writing, and presentations of research findings, including: collaborating on the development and implementation of strategic research grant proposals; participating in the collection, organization, management, analysis, and presentation of research data, including preparing scientific reports, manuscripts, and presentations for academic and community audiences; helping investigators meet publication and research program priorities; utilizing continuous improvement methodologies to evaluate and ensure that future plans and processes are informed by research findings.

At UC San Diego, Project Scientists are academic researchers who are expected to make significant and creative contributions to a research team, but are not necessarily leaders of the research team. They are not required to carry out independent research or develop an independent research reputation but will publish and carry out research or creative programs with supervision by a member of the Professor or Professional Research series. University and public service are encouraged but not required, and they do not have formal teaching responsibilities.

Appointments and duration vary depending on the length of the research project and availability of funding.

Required Qualification: Doctorate degree or its equivalent in a related field of study by the time of appointment.

Candidates must also have:

  • Experience in grant writing and development
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing papers
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to advance UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Postdoctoral or equivalent experience
  • Experience with nutrition, chronic disease prevention, public health, epidemiology, or social science research
  • Knowledge of biostatistics and strong data analysis skills
  • Experience in project development and planning

Appointment will be at Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist level based on background and experience.

A link to full description of the Project Scientist series is provided for your review:

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

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 status as a protected veteran.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Please include a description of prior experience working on research teams in addition to addressing how you meet the listed qualifications of the position.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)