An Associate Research Scientist position is available in the Energy, Equity, Housing and Health (E2H2) Working Group at Columbia University's Sociomedical Sciences Department in the Mailman School of Public Health. Led by Dr. Diana Hernández, E2H2 seeks to advance research on social and environmental determinants of health through the prisms of social science, social justice, public health and strategic science.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our research effort investigating the links between energy insecurity and health/social/racial disparities. Specifically, we seek to conduct secondary data analysis as well as pursue original studies involving quantitative and qualitative methods.
The candidate will be responsible for designing, leading, and carrying out integrative analyses of national, state and city-level data sets some of which are longitudinal, as well as developing innovative research studies alongside the PI, multidisciplinary investigators, community partners and other team members. As such, the candidate will be involved in analyzing and proposing new research projects involving community-based samples, cohort and intervention studies using mixed methods. The ultimate goal is to characterize the links between energy insecurity, housing and health using innovative methods in the hopes of informing policy and public discourses.
The successful candidate will be part of a core team including a project/program coordinator, post-doctoral scientist(s), undergraduate and graduate-level research assistants, and a program administrator. A good balance between independence and collaboration is essential, and the ability to communicate effectively and in a timely manner is highly desirable. Strong writing skills are a must.
The candidate will assist in supervising junior analysts, graduate students, rotating students, and undergraduates as opportunities ariseApplication Instructions
There will be many opportunities to contribute to multiple ongoing collaborative projects and design/lead new projects. Therefore, the candidate should demonstrate initiative and have good knowledge of programming language for analysis and modeling of quantitative data (R and / or Python are preferred). Experience with energy/housing equity is a plus.
Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements; Options will be discussed during the interview process
Appointments will be for 1-year, with continuation pending funding and progress
Projected start date will be ASAP, position will be open until filled
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to the development of analysis workflows and project development to answer targeted research questions about energy, housing, health and equity based on existing data sources from original studies and secondary sources;
Perform descriptive statistical analysis and statistical modeling using data that were generated from community-based, cohort, intervention and longitudinal studies; as well as secondary data sources such as the American Community Survey.
Develop and implement methods to pursue mixed methods, policy-relevant studies including leading policy briefs and other public facing publications;
Generate manuscripts, grant proposals, and presentations for academic and non-academic audiences; and
Display initiative and independence in accomplishing all duties and responsibilities; Work collaboratively and in a supportive capacity alongside the PI including supervising research team members.
Serve as an in-house expert for one or more tools or techniques used across multiple projects.
Develop code management and documentation protocols that are transparent and reproducible and can be used by a variety of team members and stakeholders, including the public
Identify and develop manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals
The ideal candidate should have a quantitative background (PhD in Sociology, Environmental Health, Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Policy, or related fields) and be highly motivated to solve policy-relevant energy- and housing problems to advance equity. PhD in public policy or urban planning with extensive quantitative and programming experience is also acceptable. Prior experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals, contributing to grant proposals for federal and philanthropic funding. and supporting a program of research with supervisory responsibilities is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated analytical, organizational and project management skills
Outstanding problem-solving skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Experience in energy- and housing-related research
Ability to work independently and display initiative within a team environment
Experience with version control systems (i.e., Git and GitHub)
Interest in reproducibility and data management
Hiring salary range: $90,000-$110,000
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Pay Transparency Disclosure
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
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