Researcher Sought for NIH Diversity Supplement

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral fellow or graduate student interested in developing an application to be funded via a two-year NIH Diversity Supplement. NIH Diversity Supplements provide funding for students, trainees, and faculty to work on an existing NIH funded project. The successful applicant will participate in a National Cancer Institute-funded study. This study, currently beginning its third of five years of funding, is an ethnographic ELSI (Ethical Legal Social Issues) study of a large, pragmatic clinical trial on breast cancer screening. We are seeking an individual with subject matter familiarity with cancer or cancer prevention,
genomics, bioethics, social science methods, qualitative research, clinical trials, public health or health policy.


Experience with qualitative research methodologies, such as in-depth interviewing or focus groups, is critical. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Familiarity with or a desire to learn more about cancer research, clinical trials, and/or basic concepts in molecular genetics/genomics is also desired. Ability to collaborate (in a complex multi-disciplinary environment) while working independently is key to success in this position.

For a post-doctoral scholar:

Ph.D. or equivalent in bioethics or a social science discipline with training in ethnography (e.g. anthropology, sociology, etc.) is required. The successful applicant will be expected to work with the study principal investigators and project director to generate an independent research question related to the main NCI funded project and to apply to the NCI for the supplement (Due March 30, 2019).

For a pre-doctoral scholar:

Completion of a master’s degree with qualitative research training and/or completion of qualitative research coursework in a doctoral program. Level of independent work will depend on the applicant’s background and interest. The successful applicant will be expected to assist with ongoing qualitative analysis.


Interested individuals must meet the eligibility criteria for an NIH Diversity Supplement including:

1) Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national (USA) basis, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands.

2) Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;

3) Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:

a. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds.

b. Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

Please see this link for a full description of the diversity supplement and eligibility criteria.
Compensation will be based on UCSF guidelines and experience.

How to apply:

To express your interest in the position, please submit
1) a letter summarizing your research experience and interest in the position
2) your curriculum vitae to study project director Jennifer James (
By Febraury 28, 2019.

This position is contingent on receipt of funding from the National Institutes of Health.