The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities is pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced investigator to play a lead role in a new MCHB-funded research network focused on identifying innovative ways of improving life course trajectories for women and children. Under the supervision of Principal Investigator Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, the Research Scientist will help build and operate a multisite infrastructure that cultivates and leverages the collective intelligence of the growing life course intervention research community by:
1) Overseeing the development and operation of collaborating research entities comprised of some of the country’s most innovative and important investigators, and
2) Leading the incubation of planned and emergent studies that are grounded in the life course health sciences and that address one or more of the priorities identified in the Life Course Intervention Research Agenda (LCIRA) to be developed during the project’s first year.
The position offers the right candidate a substantial career building opportunity to work with leading experts on the design and implementation of a wide variety of pathbreaking studies, to produce multiple peer-reviewed publications, to potentially pursue his or her own research, and to substantially improve the health development of vulnerable populations. A faculty position is also a possibility.
Overseeing a participatory process for developing a life course intervention research agenda (LCIRA) and a set of criteria to be used in identifying studies that are appropriate for incubation by the network
Working with teams of investigators to design, acquire funding for, implement, evaluate the impact of, and disseminate results from the incubated studies
Producing proposals to funders and related information and documentation including budgets, contracts, memoranda of understanding, and institutional review board applications
Supporting and carrying out data analysis and the generation of reports, briefs, peer-reviewed papers, and other publications describing the results of the incubated studies
Developing and implementing a dissemination plan for findings and other project-related information to local, state, and national audiences, including social media, a project e-newsletter, a project website, webinars, and presentations at meetings and conferences
Serving as the project representative with collaborating departments on campus as well as with key external partners and agencies, and collaborating and communicating effectively with a diverse group of content experts, funders, and other stakeholders at both public and private agencies at the local, state, national, and international levels
PhD/doctorate in a related field (e.g., public health, developmental psychology), with a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral work experience
High degree of familiarity with the life course health sciences
Prior experience and demonstrated success in acquiring funding (including RO1) for, designing, and conducting intervention research studies
Significant history of relevant peer-reviewed and other publications
Prior experience and demonstrated skill in project and personnel management and leadership of intervention research
Strong knowledge of policies and procedures related to human subjects research and contracts and grants
Ability to work with minimal supervision, including 3 or more years of project management experience with successful coordination of multiple concurrent collaborative projects with both internal and external stakeholders
Ability to work as a supportive and cooperative member of an interdisciplinary team, including interacting effectively with investigators, research staff, institutional administrators, research participants, community partners, and funders
Internal Number: 101
About UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
Our mission is to promote children’s lifelong health, development, and well-being in the context of their families and communities. We create and translate innovative ideas into optimal outcomes. The solutions we develop enable parents, practitioners, and policymakers to bring about meaningful change in children’s health.