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Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 15th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Jun 29, 2020 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: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 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.


The Department of Public Health Science, Division of Health Informatics at the University of California, Davis, is seeking (1) 50-100% Project Scientist. The purpose of this position is to make significant creative contributions to research or creative projects associated with consumer health informatics. The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her 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 (e.g., 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 (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she 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.

Research Activity (80%)
This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of an active health informatics research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of Drs. Nick Anderson, PhD, and Katherine Kim, PhD, MPH, MBA, FAMIA. The candidate will help to determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigators. He/she will design specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. The candidate is expected to supervise students, technicians, fellows, and research coordinators regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments. Studies will include but not be limited to clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and technology-supported citizen science with a special emphasis on underserved populations, health disparities, and international comparative studies in these fields.

Future studies may also include studies of consumer and mobile health policy and systems. Methods used will include but not be limited to human centered and participatory design, stakeholder engagement, systems for collection and analysis of clinical/electronic health record and person-generated health data such as symptom science, and a variety of mixed-method health informatics and citizen science techniques. Candidates are expected to keep current in these fields and attend courses, seminars, and scientific meetings to learn new methods and keep up with advances in these fields.

Though not expected at the present time, the candidate may be involved in technology assessment that might require specific expertise, or with piloting processes. The candidate may also play roles in helping to initiate studies on technology innovation and technology acceptance, and data governance and ethical, legal, social implications of technology.

Publication (10%)
The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PIs or other members of the research team. The candidate will help with data acquisition, qualitative analyses, health informatics analyses, statistical analyses, and other functions necessary for publication by the candidate and other members of the group. The candidate will assist with literature review for each publication, and with either doing the initial draft or participating in editing manuscript drafts from others in the group.

Grant Acquisition (10%)
The candidate will assist in writing proposals for funding from federal and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of health informatics and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.
The candidate is encouraged but not required to participate in service activities such as presenting research results to the general public, community engagement and citizen science in research, and providing service to the university

Research activity (80%)
Publication (10%)
Grant Acquisition (10%)

• PhD in Health Informatics, Nursing, Public Health or related field
Completion of postdoctoral appointment in area of specialization, as applicable, or substantial professional experience in clinical informatics or consumer health informatics.
• History of participation in extramurally funded informatics research
• Experience of clinical informatics within a academic health system.
• Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports and has successfully published research findings in high impact-factor journals.
• Demonstrated technical competency in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and protocols.

• Clinical training as evidenced by professional degree, e.g., MD or BSN/RN

Application Procedure and Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled through 12/31/2020. However, for full consideration, please go to: These positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

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