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Assistant or Associate Project Scientist - Public Health

Position overview

Position title: Public Health
Salary range: The base pay range for this position is $68,400-$180,200.

Application Window

Open date: May 23, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jun 25, 2023 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: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 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 UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and invites applications for Assistant or Associate Project Scientist positions to contribute to new and ongoing public health research studies.

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science is dedicated to creating and promoting public health innovations to advance equity, justice, and well-being for all. The School focuses on health, diversity, inclusion, and social equity in everything we do. We believe this starts in the workplace, where we actively strive to ensure a sense of belonging for everyone and honor the idea that through our differences, we are better together. In working to fulfill that vision, we are comprised of more than 125 primary-appointed faculty and academics, 200 staff members, and 25 secondary-appointed faculty, and provide mentorship and instruction to 230+ postgraduate and 650+ undergraduate major students across six-degree programs and a clinical residency. We conduct research and instruction in public health disciplines such as Biostatistics, Climate & Environmental Health, Community Health Sciences & Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Behavior, Health Policy, Public Mental Health, and Technology & Precision Health, totaling ~$125M in grants and contracts and housing five research service cores. We engage in research and teaching collaborations across the University and the community at large. Partnerships with the community and with health agencies are fundamental to the School.

As a critical member of the research team, the Project Scientist will contribute to the conceptualization, 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; establishing strategic partnerships with other researchers and entities vital to project success; participating in the collection, organization, management, analysis, and presentation of research data, including preparing scientific reports, manuscripts and presentations for academic and community audiences; collaborating with faculty investigators and staff to address publication, other dissemination and research program priorities; utilizing continuous improvement methodologies to evaluate and ensure that future plans and processes are informed by research findings. This position is designed to support the educational initiatives for students from the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, Health Sciences, and main campus who have the desire to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in health-related research, and in associated research and clinical professions.

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 the availability of funding.

The appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Project Scientist level based on background and experience.

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have demonstrated experience in grant writing and development. Candidates must have demonstrated experience providing professional scientific and/or educational presentations.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Candidates must have a doctorate or equivalent in a public health related field by the appointment start date.

Preferred qualifications

• Postdoctoral or equivalent experience.
• Experience with the development and dissemination of protocols and materials for academic, health care, community, and/or other end users.
• Experience successfully partnering with community stakeholders.
• Demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of educational programming, and educational or professional trainings.
• Demonstrated experience in program evaluation.
• Experience working with first-generation college students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or underrepresented communities.

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 required (contact information only)
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