University of California, San Francisco

Research Analyst

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Medicine-ZSFG-Center for Vulnerable Populations

Full Time


Job Summary

The Research Analyst is a seasoned professional who will support multiple studies including National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foundation-funded research. They will be responsible for carrying out data collection including but not limited to surveys and questionnaire, interviews, focus groups, and administrative data collection via data sharing with Amend’s prison partners. Data collection may take place either in person or remotely.

They will also be responsible for quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The successful candidate will be able to work with moderate independence with routine support from more senior research directors. Travel, including for data collection inside state prisons, will be required (depending on public health guidance).

This Research Analyst will support multiple studies involving research into health-focused criminal justice reform. Strong organizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to move between projects, and a willingness to complete tasks regardless of responsibility is essential.

This position may work on multiple studies, both NIH and foundation-funded, working with people at-risk for incarceration, experiencing incarceration, and recently incarcerated.

The Research Analyst will, under the direction of a Project Director, engage in activities including:
  • Obtain informed consent, administer drop and/or digital surveys, conduct structured interviews and focus groups (remotely and in person), and collect data from partnering prison systems via administrative data transfer
  • Manage data through REDCAP and similar data management instruments
  • Abstract data
  • Suggest appropriate research methodologies and quantitative and qualitative analyses to run given research hypotheses
  • Conduct basic statistical analyses using STATA or equivalent statistical programming software
  • Contribute to data interpretation
  • Distill complex data into narrative and graphic summaries
  • Work with project team to support ongoing grant progress reports to foundation and federal funders, new grant applications, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications
  • Keep study databases updated and in compliance with all data security requirements of UCSF IRB and/or external partners (via contracted data sharing terms and conditions)
  • Contact participants and send reminder letters to enhance enrollment when needed
  • Manage study petty cash for participant payments when needed
  • Maintain files for ongoing projects of the investigator
  • Manage research meetings, including scheduling, taking notes, distributing minutes, following up on deliverables, etc.
In addition, the individual may be required to travel for up to one week at a time. This work will involve supporting the study leader in working with field staff and supporting field data collection including training local staff on study procedures.

Department Description

The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) is part of the Department of Medicine (DOM). The CVP carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote various chronic diseases and make their management more challenging. Founded in 2006, the CVP is located on the campus of SFGH. Beyond the local communities it serves, 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, homelessness, food policy, poverty, and minority status, with a focus on the clinical conditions of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Amend at UCSF is a program within CVP, which launched in July 2015. The initiative’s goals are to develop and disseminate evidence-based strategies to optimize the dignity, health and humanity of all who work or live in correctional facilities by conducting high quality training programs, research, and disseminating findings to policymakers and the general public.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or public health/policy or related area and 3+ years of directly related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience/training
  • Thorough knowledge of research function
  • Thorough skills associated with statistical analysis and systems programming
  • Demonstrated skills using STATA or similar statistical programming for conducting basic descriptive statistics with secondary data
  • Demonstrated skills in conducting literature searches of both peer reviewed and grey literature
  • Knowledge of public health and/or social science topics
  • Strong skills to communicate complex information with all levels of staff and faculty in a clear and concise manner verbally, in writing, software
  • Skills in project management
  • Research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations
  • Problem solving, analytical and consulting skills
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes
  • Ability to work independently
Note: Physical/health screening required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in Public Health or Policy or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of survey instruments such as REDCap
  • Experience using reference management software such as Endnote and/or Zotero
  • Knowledge and/or equivalent work experience in the criminal justice field specifically related to U.S. prison systems
  • Ability to travel for up to one week at a time within the United States
About UCSF

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. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

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.



Job Code and Payroll Title

006257 RSCH DATA ANL 3

Job Category

Professional and Managerial, Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

99 - Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)

Employee Class





Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG)



Shift Length

8 Hours

Additional Shift Details

Contract for one year from start date. Work days & hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and as needed
  • Seniority level

    Not Applicable
  • Employment type

  • Job function

    Research, Analyst, and Information Technology
  • Industries

    Higher Education

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