Research Data Analyst, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

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Job Summary

UCSF’s Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) and Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) is recruiting for the Research Data Analyst. This position is under the Health Information Technology (HIT) and Safety Net Program. The Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH is the Director of the HIT program at CVP as well as the Associate Director of CVP.

Dr. Sarkar’s lab focuses on:
• Developing and implementing ways to reveal and address ambulatory / outpatient patient safety in public hospital systems 
• Applying technology and communication innovation to improve outpatient care for diverse, vulnerable patients
• Disseminating patient safety innovations across a variety of social and professional networks.

Dr. Sarkar’s research employs new tools like digital / mobile health and social media to address to improve the safety and quality of outpatient care. She has expertise in medical errors and patient safety, diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. This research incorporates collaboration with a range of expertise including design thinking / usability testing, human factors engineering, data science, health services research, and implementation science.

She has conducted studies, which explore the impact of health communication (health literacy, English proficiency) and health information technology on patient safety. Her prior studies on internet-based patient portals demonstrate digital disparities by race / ethnicity and health literacy. Her social media studies use mixed-methods approaches to understand patient perspectives about physician quality and about cancer screening behaviors. Her ongoing work employs varied health information technologies to detect and ameliorate adverse events among outpatient chronic disease populations. She is currently funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Cancer Institute, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, among others.

The Research Data Analyst will be a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth qualitative and quantitative analyses. They will demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. The employee is able to conduct qualitative data gathering and analysis and synthesis of research findings into mansucripts for peer reviewed publications as well as prepare talks and poster presentations for Dr. Sarkar.

The Research Data Analyst will be responsible in conjunction with the PI for writing scientific manuscripts and grant applications as needed. 

Additional responsibilities include:
• Conducting literature searches and systematic reviews and maintaining reference libraries for the investigators
• Working with project team to support ongoing grant progress reports, new grant applications and CHR applications
• Maintaining files, expense reports and reimbursement of expenses for ongoing projects of the clinical investigator
• Leading and Coordinating research meetings, including scheduling, taking notes, distributing minutes, following up on deliverables. Able to interact at a high level with external collaborators
• Coordinating data collection efforts for telephone surveys of primary care health care providers AND patients at the General Medicine Clinic, including developing research tools, training staff, compiling data collection packets, tracking responses, following-up with non-responders by mail, telephone and email.

The UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) delivers innovative, comprehensive and complex primary medical care to San Francisco’s vulnerable patients; carries out highly impactful translational research focused on generating new knowledge to improve the health of vulnerable populations; engages in meaningful policy work focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring access to care; and trains the next generation of physician leaders and researchers in the care of vulnerable and underserved populations. 

DGIM is also home to the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP). CVP carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often promote or make management of the chronic diseases more challenging. CVP is nationally and internationally known for its research in health communication and health policy to reduce health disparities, with special expertise in the social determinants of health, including literacy, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
• Master's degree or PhD in Public Health or Health Sciences, or social science related field, and / or equivalent experience / training
• Three to five years’ experience in a related field 
• Thorough knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research
• Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing
• Strong skills in project management
• Research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations
• Experience writing scientific manuscripts synthesizing research findings
• Experience synthesizing data into presentation format
• Skills to assist with preparing grant applications, progress reports and managing federal budgets
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and social media sites 
• Has an excellent ability to build trust, views others as partners rather than opponents
• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and perform duties with tact and discretion
• Strong customer service and problem solving skills and ability to follow through with tasks
• Ability to juggle multiple projects, be flexible to change, demonstrate pro-activeness and positive attitude 
• Ability to work independently and as a team player, demonstrate willingness to follow instructions and have a “dive in and get it done” attitude

Note: Physical/health screening required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Thorough skills associated with statistical analysis 
• Thorough skills coordinating data collection efforts, including participant recruitment
• Thorough skills planning and implementing qualitative research activities, including patient interviews and focus groups 
• Experience working in an educational or medical environment including meeting / event planning and coordinating multiple complex schedules
• Experience with UCSF Pre-award grant management and manuscript preparation
• Thorough skills in analysis



Job Code and Payroll Title

6257 Research Data Analyst III



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Work Days

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



Shift Length

8 Hours

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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