Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health - Professional Research Series
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California 94143

Job Description

Professional Researcher/Research Scientist
Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Job Description

Beyond the Pill, a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is recruiting for a Professional Researcher. Beyond the Pill partners with health care providers, researchers and educators to improve access and equity in contraceptive care and other reproductive health services. We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and educators who contribute to science, policy and clinical practice change in the US and globally.

We strongly encourage individuals from groups historically excluded from research and medicine to apply. These positions, designed for early career PhD researchers, will offer unique opportunities to gain the experience and skills to become independent research scholars, including developing ideas and partnerships. Researchers will collaborate with members of the Bixby research community; strengthen research designs and analysis skills; conduct studies, including community-engaged research; develop grant-writing and manuscript preparation skills; and present at seminars and scientific or policy conferences.

For this position, we are looking for a quantitatively-trained researcher with expertise in the following areas: sexual and reproductive health, contraceptive access, reproductive autonomy, racial equity and justice, community-based participatory research and/or health behavior research. Candidates must have outstanding academic writing skills and a strong background in study design and quantitative data analysis.

The Researcher will work directly with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Cynthia Harper, and other members of the team to design and conduct research on contraceptive access and reproductive autonomy among adolescents and young adults, as well as evaluations among reproductive health providers. Responsibilities will include conducting research, supervising research staff, overseeing data collection and management, presenting at scientific conferences and publishing papers in the peer-reviewed literature. Study design, preparation of proposals, and career development activities are also important aspects of the position.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

• Develop research designs, data collection methods and strategies for data management.
• Design, create and revise study instruments to ensure quality data that correlates with
research objectives.
• Engage in community-based partnerships as a foundation of research.
• Serve as a liaison with partner organizations and field sites.
• Assist in the recruitment, training and direct supervision of research staff.
• Ensure that projects are executed successfully and completed within time frames to
meet research objectives.
• Conduct qualitative and advanced quantitative analyses.
• Present study results at scientific conferences.
• Write manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
• Collaborate in the strategic planning and preparing of research proposals.
• Communicate research to stakeholders: Discuss research implications from policy,
advocacy and program perspectives; write final reports and present results to funders.

Required Qualifications:

• PhD, ScD or DrPH in Demography, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Services Research, Sociology, Health Economics or related field, with reproductive health expertise.
• Strong epidemiologic study design and advanced quantitative skills, including hierarchical, longitudinal analyses.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Must be a strong conceptual thinker with outstanding analytic and writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Expertise in contraceptive access, reproductive autonomy, pregnancy research.
• Experience conducting research with adolescents, young adults and hard to reach
populations and/or research with health care providers.
• Distinguished publication record in reproductive health research.
• Experience with collection and analyses of qualitative data.
• Experience with proposal writing and/or fundraising.
• Experience obtaining IRB approval for human subjects research.

The position is hybrid, including in-person work at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.


Benefits include medical, dental, vision insurance, paid time off, sick leave, holidays, and a retirement plan.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicant's experience and training. To receive full consideration, please apply by the initial review date. The position is open until filled.

See Table 13A ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $84,100-$110,000.

Please apply online at: with cover letter, CV, statement of contributions to diversity, statement of research, a recent writing sample, and contact information for two references. The statement of research (1-2 pages) should include the following elements: 1) your research experience and any experience with proposals or funded awards, 2) your interest in this position, and 3) career goals. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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Date Posted : 03/03/2023