Public Health Job Opportunities

Research Professional 2

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota seeks a 100% FTE Research Professional 2 (job code 8352P2) for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). RWJF has selected the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with several external partners, to serve as the national center for its new Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program. The IRL is a major, multi-year initiative from RWJF to develop diverse teams of interdisciplinary research leaders across the country to help advance the vision of building a culture of health in the United States. The broad goals of this initiative include identifying ways to promote interdisciplinary, action-oriented, and team-based approaches to population health research; nurturing more leaders who reflect our country’s diverse population; and explicitly developing research qualities needed to improve health and promote health equity for all Americans. Key collaborating institutions for the IRL program include Allina Health (program co-lead), Academy Health, ISAIAH, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)-Twin Cities, and the Minnesota Department of Health. The IRL program is being launched in concert with three other major new RWJF programs also focused on developing a culture of health, based at prestigious institutions nationwide. The four program centers and RWJF will work collaboratively toward common goals as part of the RWJF’s Culture of Health programming area.

This appointment is based in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and will report to Program Director J. Michael Oakes, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, and Program Manager Mandy LaBreche, MPH. This Civil Service position is annually-renewable based on performance and funding availability.

Required Qualifications:
1) A BA/BS degree and at least 2 years of experience or combination of related education and work experience to equal six years;
2) Demonstrated/documented strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and scientific literature search engines;
3) Demonstrated/documented exceptional attention to detail;
4) Demonstrated experience managing data in program database applications (e.g., Access);
5) Experience with web-based collaborative work applications;
6) Experience providing technical assistance to a variety of end users;
7) Demonstrated/documented excellent written and oral communication skills and professional business communication style;
8) Demonstrated/documented excellent program/project management skills;
9) A work history demonstrating the ability to work independently and take initiative;
10) Demonstrated/documented ability to balance, prioritize, and make progress on multiple efforts in an efficient, effective, and cooperative manner;
11) Demonstrated/documented ability to adapt to changing situations, priorities, and deadlines;
12) Demonstrated/documented ability to follow established protocols, work plans, and timelines, and meet deadlines;
13) Demonstrated/documented ability to work effectively as a member of a team and work constructively with others to resolve problems and concerns; and
14) Demonstrated/documented ability to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with program staff, funding agency, external key collaborators, program grantees, consultants, general public, and others.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A degree in public health or related field
• Professional experience in health-related research.
• Experience with grantmaking processes, including managing calls for proposals, application and review processes, and grants management.
• Experience working on a national research program.
• Experience planning and implementing meetings and conferences.
• Proven ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot independently.

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