Director of Research/Executive Director at UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS), San Francisco, CA.
This position will serve as the Director of Research/Executive Director for TRANSPERS research as well as related research on adoption of new technologies, health services research, and health policy. Launched in 2008, TRANSPERS is a first-of-its-kind research center dedicated to developing evidence-based information for patients, providers, industry, researchers and policymakers to objectively assess how personalized medicine can be most beneficial and efficient in improving health outcomes. The goal of the TRANSPERS Center is to advance the translational continuum for personalized medicine to ensure that new personalized medicine technologies can be used most beneficially and efficiently in clinical care. To date, TRANSPERS has received over $10 million in funding via awards from the National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Aetna Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and continues to focus on bringing together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from academia, government and groups representing patients, providers and payers.
TRANSPERS research is currently focused on emerging genetic testing applications such as Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS). WGS is now being offered in clinical care and is expected to become more widely used in the near future. We are undertaking research to evaluate the potential benefit-risk tradeoffs of WGS from the perspectives of patients, providers, the health care delivery system, and society by using systematic and quantitative approaches. This work is primarily funded by a four year, $2.5M grant from NHGRI (2013-2017).
The incumbent will work with an outstanding group of researchers on cutting-edge health policy issues at one of the nation’s leading medical centers. This is a great career opportunity for someone who is a quick learner, can understand the big picture, and is equally comfortable doing research and management. The incumbent will interface not only with academic researchers but also with health insurers, health industry, and government; will become part of a hard-working team who are enthusiastic about and dedicated to sound and policy relevant science; and will be able to develop leadership abilities in research and program management. The position is grant-supported and thus the incumbent must enjoy fast-paced and entrepreneurial environments. Applicants with PhDs or equivalent degrees are eligible for a faculty or academic position. Individuals with less training or experience will have greater guidance and supervision for the activities noted.
Please send a CV and statement of interests to Kathryn Phillips, Phil...pharmacy.ucsf.edu
Job Responsibilities (1) Manage Center activities · Center activities include grant submissions, research and grants management, financial projections, supervision of junior staff and coordination of Center activities such as meetings, dissemination of external communications, and coordination with Departmental and University staff.
· Grant proposal submission and post-award management
· Facilitate activities of Center Director and PI; tasks as assigned
(2) Conduct research relevant to the Center · Conduct and participate in research particularly on personalized medicine, focusing on quantitative preference surveys, cost-effectiveness analysis, policy analysis of reimbursement and regulatory issues, and systematic evidence synthesis - Master’s level individuals will conduct research under supervision - PhD level individuals will have increasingly independent research and, if relevant, can move to being PI/Co-PI of grants
· Extensive writing including grant proposals, reports, scientific publications, presentations, and dissemination materials
Qualifications: · PhD or Master’s degree - faculty or researcher appointment - If Master’s degree, 2+ years of increasingly responsible related experience
· Knowledge of health services research and health policy - Preferred: Knowledge of personalized medicine, technology assessment, genetics, and related topics - Preferred: Knowledge of quantitative preferences surveys, cost-effectiveness analysis, and/or systematic evidence synthesis - Preferred: Demonstrated scientific publication experience
· Knowledge of grants management - Preferred: Experience in pre and post award activities - Preferred: Experience with NIH grant proposals and management
· Demonstrated ability to manage complex research projects and organizations - Highly organized and efficient; ability to multi-task and work quickly and accurately when needed; attention to detail - Ability to manage several projects simultaneously; comfortable with shifting priorities; willing to do whatever is needed including lower-level tasks - Experience in organizing and tracking projects
· Well-developed writing skills including demonstrated ability to compile and synthesize information and write complete documents in near-final format
· Ability to work independently but also to work within a Center structure and under the direction of the Center Director/PI
- Ability to work well with a range of people including university staff and senior level external contacts
- Ability to work as a team member and negotiate differences
- Ability to assess complex situations and act accordingly
- Ability to travel occasionally and adjust schedule as needed for workload
- Willingness to act on behalf of the PI as needed to represent Center activities, such as giving presentations and attending meetings