Research Scientist - SPH

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Research Scientist - SPH

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 240001RK

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Full-Time Research Scientist position with the UTHealth School of Public Health.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Plans, supervises, and directs research, investigation, or other technical operations of research efforts within the Center for Health Equity. Provides technical expertise to facilitate the design, implementation, and analysis of procedures, techniques, and results, which enables investigators to conduct research projects. Supports grant writing, reports, presentations and publications related to research projects. Develops partnerships internally and externally for population health and community-engaged research efforts.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Determines feasibility of possible projects to ensure results will have a significant impact. Determines project feasibility in terms of staff, time, and resources.

  2. Plans and performs quantitative and qualitative research procedures in various areas of nutrition, food insecurity, related structural and social determinants of health, population health, or related scientific areas. Identifies the problem through contact and partnership with other researchers, practitioners, or literature searches. Formulates a problem or project to research. Design procedures and protocols related to the research area.

  3. Generates support, engagement, and resources for priority population health research initiatives and policy efforts related to nutrition, food insecurity, and related structural and social determinants of health in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

  4. Develop manuals of procedures for research projects, including training protocols for research staff andrecruitment and retention materials for study participants. Submits and obtains IRB approval for research projects. Maintains human subjects research approval status for research projects.

  5. Develops training plans related to research project, conducts hiring and training of research staff for research protocols. Develops quality control procedures for research project as applicable.

  6. Leads and assists with seeking diverse funding opportunities, writing and submission of grant applications for research projects.

  7. Develops data collection, management and analysis plans for research projects. Conducts analysis of data for research projects and/or works closely with research staff to oversee the analysis. Evaluates the data from the analysis.

  8. Develops manuscripts and scientific reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  9. Presents results in a written paper for publication, in a presentation at a meeting, or through personal contact with faculty members and other researchers.

  10. Ensures direct reports follow safety procedures and attends basic safety training courses.

  11. Provides work direction and guidance to personnel within department. May lead projects and activities.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Prior experience in public health preferred.

Minimum Education:

Doctorate Degree (in nutrition, public health or a related field preferred)

Minimum Experience:

Two (2) years of experience in a related research environment and have verifiable publications within the field of the research project.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.