Job Description

Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/Kick It California
Hiring Pay Scale
$27.16 - $31.13 / Hour
Greenwich Drive
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 4-8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

#127372 Staff Researcher - Hybrid

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/28/2024

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.

This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/22/2024. 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 in San Diego and remote.

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


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 1, the Staff Researcher 2 will be primarily responsible for assisting with research study planning, design, and question development; interacting and coordinating with school site staff and officials; coordinating research study implementation and data collection; monitoring and improving response rates; collecting and analyzing qualitative data; assisting in preparation of reports and deliverables; and conducting 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.


  • Six years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two years of related experience/training.

  • Demonstrated experience in implementing data collection procedures and in contributing to protocols.

  • Excellent computer skills. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Ability to learn new software applications quickly.

  • Versatile team player. Ability to self-start and achieve results with minimal direction.

  • Ability to adapt to new projects and dependably handle multiple tasks and priorities.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Strong attention to detail.

  • Excellent writing skills, including ability to write protocols, technical documentation, and reports.

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, including ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and sensitively (over the phone, Zoom, emails, etc.).

  • Strong research skills. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.


  • Experience and training in the facilitation of surveys.

  • Knowledge of the field of research related to tobacco use and prevention.

  • Experience in conducting literature reviews.

  • Knowledge of survey instrument development.

  • Knowledge of program evaluation and/or school-based prevention programs.

  • Experience using qualitative and/or statistical software applications.

  • Experience working in a research setting using protocols involving human subjects including knowledge of UCSD HRPP policies and procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $56,700 - $97,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $27.16 - $46.70

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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