Senior Researcher

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

Job Description: The Senior Researcher is responsible for conducting three specific studies, one each on cancer, diabetes, and asthma, using California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data. These studies have been funded by The California Endowment (TCE). The incumbent, working with principal investigators and other research staff to design the studies to meet the project objectives, will have primary responsibility for implementing the study design, directing the analyses, and producing the related publications. Publications include in-depth policy research reports and related policy briefs one each on cancer, diabetes, and asthma in California. In addition, the Senior Researcher will participate with Center and other scientists in writing scholarly articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Project Description: CHIS is the largest telephone health survey in the country. Telephone interviews are being conducted with adults, parents of young children and with adolescents in over 55,000 households. Its purpose is to learn about the health of the people in California, if, where and how people get health care, and who pays for it. CHIS is designed to cover the wide diversity of California's population along the state's many important race, income, and geographic dimensions. The adult interview asks about health status and conditions, mental health care, dental health and vision care, cancer, physical activity and diet, smoking, drinking, access to and use of health services, and health insurance coverage. Local and state public health officials policy makers and advocates are looking to this survey for information to help improve existing health services in communities across the state.

Qualifications: Doctoral degree and strong background in a relevant public health field. Must be familiar with health services and health policy research and have experience working with large survey data sets. Five years experience as a research project manager with knowledge of and experience working with populations of color, including Latino populations. Excellent data analysis and computer skills and knowledge of SAS (Statistical Analysis System) data analysis programming, including data access, data retrieval, data management, data analysis, and data presentation. Excellent writing skills (a writing sample will be requested). Experience in presenting results at professional conferences and meetings as well as to clients that include multicultural constituencies. Must be familiar with confidentiality requirements, and contract and grant administration policies.

Position and Compensation: This position provides excellent University career benefits. Salary is highly competitive and negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Center: The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, part of the UCLA School of Public Health and the School of Public Policy and Social Research, conducts research and provides public service relating to health policy issues at the national, state, and local levels. Its research and policy analysis focus especially on issues of access to health care.

How to apply: Please submit a brief letter of application, salary history, and résumé to Bernie Dempsey, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Résumés may be faxed to (310) 794-2686 or emailed to bdempsey@ucla.edu. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

June 6, 2001