The UCLA Center for Bridging Research Innovation, Teaching and Education for Minority Health Disparities Solutions is seeking a short-term (through Jan. 2019) Assistant Researcher for a 60% time position. Potential candidate is required to have a MD and or PhD and demonstrated expertise in both mental and physical health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities. 

The UCLA Center for Bridging Research Innovation, Teaching and Education for Minority Health Disparities Solutions is seeking a short-term (through Jan. 2019) Assistant Researcher for a 60% time position. Potential candidate is required to have a MD and or PhD and demonstrated expertise in both mental and physical health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities. In particular the employee must have expertise in carrying out analyses and independent paper writing from at least three of the following public data surveys, National Survey of American Life, MEPS, NHANES, CPES, National Latino and Asian American Survey, California Quality of Life Survey and Americans Changing Life. Potential candidate must possess a background and demonstrated experience to be able to produce research results that cover: 1) mental health status, mental health care or treatment that includes knowledge of the treatment or care environment, an understanding of integrated care in the primary care setting; 2) a working knowledge of the psychophysiological aspects of how experiences of racial/ethnic/gender or sexual orientation discriminations can impact health such as in the allostatis stress model, stress and metabolic disorders and stress and psychiatric disorders. In addition, employee is also expected to work with undergraduate and graduate students and other faculty specific to the center in helping to design studies and writing presentations/papers.

Required skills and knowledge: Discrimination, Mental Health and Cardiovascular Disease and Health Outcomes in African Americans, Latinos and or Sexual Minorities: Proficiency and experience in the scientific literatures of social determinants of health, health equity, and mental health disparities with demonstrated expertise in: race/ethnic health consequences due to discrimination, perceived discrimination, stress and minority stress literature. Must be familiar with techniques of racial/ethnic classification, data analytic approaches to control specific variables, experienced in psychiatric epidemiology approaches to analyzing mental health data and ability to analyze small n data which would include the use of non-parametric statistics. Also, should be able to review research publications to establish parameters for novel approaches for the framing of scientific papers, these could include the use of intersectionality approaches, cumulative advantage/disadvantage, patient centered medical homes, nativity, cultural frames or minority stress.

Written and Analytical skills: Advanced level experience in working with secondary data sources that include ability to write, code and run raw data using STATA and SAS and some working ability to use Mplus, SPSS, or SUDAN. Proven experiences in data management in the handling of large public data sets, recoding to design pattern variables, and imputation to handle missing data. Data analysis skills with statistical knowledge in multi-factorial analysis, multi-level modeling, advance regression approaches and experience in developing and interpreting interactions.

Other required skills: Demonstrate an ability to work independently, strong communication skills for both internal and external audiences and strong team science, organization and management skills for working within a multidisciplinary research setting. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must for interacting with other professionals, graduate, undergraduate students, community partners and research participants. Ability to write extramural grants to obtain external sources of funding for extension and new lines of the work. Knowledge of current regulations and requirements for the ethical conduct of research.

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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

To apply: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03618