Job Description

Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/ Kick It California
Hiring Pay Scale
$56,000 - $82,600 / Year
Greenwich Drive
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

#124542 Staff Researcher - Hybrid

Extended Deadline: Tue 10/3/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/07/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/16/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at Greenwich Drive and remote.


Kick It California (KIC, formerly known as CSH, the California Smokers' Helpline) is part of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. KIC conducts research as well as provides free cessation related counseling service. KIC was the first statewide telephone-counseling service for smoking cessation in the U.S. that was based on experimentally-proven protocol (established in 1992). Cessation service is now provided using telephone and internet-based protocols. The phone counseling service is provided in six languages--English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean, and Vietnamese. KIC conducts high-caliber intervention research as well as population studies. KIC is funded to conduct multiple survey and evaluation projects throughout the state, including the evaluation of California's TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) program. KIC currently has grants and contracts in excess of $10 million annually.

Under supervision of the Survey Research Supervisor (SRS), the Staff Researcher will coordinate and monitor research study implementation and data collection for multiple studies. With guidance from the SRS, the Staff Researcher will formulate overall research study planning, design and question development; coordinate study planning and design with the research team and external agencies; monitor and improve response rates; lead efforts to build relationships with site officials; provide oversight of qualitative data collection; prepare reports and deliverables; and conduct literature reviews. Areas of assignment may include one or more of the following: 1) local and statewide student surveys (e.g., Mapping Youth Health Behavior Survey, MYHB), 2) Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program evaluation, 3) agency-specific evaluation projects, and/or other special projects.


  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Thorough knowledge of data collection activities, research studies, data collection procedures and protocols.

  • Thorough knowledge and skills relating to the development of survey instrumentation.

  • Knowledge associated with monitoring staffing levels, recruitment and training procedures. Experience and training in the facilitation of surveys and/or interviews.

  • Thorough knowledge of budget planning process.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) or similar tools. Proficient Excel and/or database skills for monitoring shared reporting. Ability to learn new software applications quickly.

  • Demonstrated skill in critical thinking. Ability to independently assess the needs of the department and develop appropriate strategies to meet them. Ability to oversee implementation of strategies, evaluate their effectiveness, and revise as needed.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate staff meetings, and to provide effective training on office and research protocols and client service issues.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Experience with report preparation and presentation.


  • Experience in research involving human subjects. Training/knowledge of research methodology (e.g., how to maintain reliability and consistency across interviewers, language, and time).
  • Knowledge and experience in research regarding tobacco use and prevention.
  • Experience working in a research setting using protocols involving human subjects including knowledge of UCSD HRPP policies and procedures.
  • Experience using qualitative and/or statistical software applications.
  • Knowledge and experience in program evaluation.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,600 - $111,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.67 - $53.45

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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