Associate Specialist (Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management)

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, United States 🇺🇸


Open date: August 20th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Jan 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jan 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Sustainability and Health Equity (SH/E) Lab at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant/Associate Specialist in Dr. Rachel Morello-Frosch’s Lab, in the area of Environmental Health at 100% time with an expected start date of Fall 2020.

Do you want to work in a fast-paced environment with a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and community collaborators working at the nexus of environmental health science, sustainability and social equity?

We are looking for an Assistant/Associate Specialists to join UC Berkeley’s Sustainability and Health Equity (SH/E) Lab (, an interdisciplinary team of scientists, students and community partners working to advance environmental justice through interdisciplinary methods in environmental health science, epidemiology and the social sciences. Based in the School of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, the S/HE Lab investigates a wide range of environmental health hazards, from toxic chemicals to climate change, through a social equity lens. We seek to advance scientific understanding of social determinants of environmental health with a focus on inequality, psychosocial stress and how these factors interact with environmental chemical exposures to produce health inequalities.

The S/HE lab also collaborates with communities and scientists to develop science-policy tools for assessing the cumulative impacts of chemical and non-chemical stressors to improve regulatory decision-making and advance environmental justice.

Our projects include:

  • Examining the effects of prenatal chemical exposures and chronic social stressors on birth outcomes and infant development;
  • Conducting targeted and non-targeted human biomonitoring for potential breast carcinogens in women workers, including firefighters, office workers and nurses (Women Worker Biomonitoring Collaborative:;
  • Evaluating the potential impacts of sea level rise and coastal flooding on disadvantaged communities (Toxic Tides); and
  • Conducting community-driven water equity studies to reduce chemical contamination and improve community access to safe drinking water (Water Equity Science Shop).


Cross-project S/HE Lab duties
Research study design and implementation:

  • Development and implementation of study protocols and logistics, including IRB review and compliance
  • Data analysis and management
  • Conduct statistical analysis on data under supervision of PIs and other scientific collaborators
  • Manage electronic study data and biospecimen sample QA/QC, storage, organization, security, and transfer
  • Create, maintain, back up, and update databases in Qualtrics and RedCap.

Grants management:

  • Assist with new grant submission and annual reporting on existing grants.
  • Assist with projects’ financial oversight

Research results dissemination:

  • Assist with manuscript and presentation development for diverse scientific, policy, and lay audiences
  • Assist with implementation of individual and aggregate study results report back protocols for study participants
  • Miscellaneous lab responsibilities such as updating the lab website and meeting coordination

Basic Qualifications (At the time of application):

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent international degree.

Additional Qualifications (By start date):

Master’s degree or equivalent international degree or Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) plus two or more years’ of post-undergraduate professional research experience .

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

  • Degree in Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, or related fields
  • Prior work conducting statistical analyses with epidemiologic or public health data using statistical analysis software such as R.
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Proficiency in using computer applications for word processing, data entry, spreadsheet preparation, and statistical analysis (e.g . Qualtrics, RedCap, and R)
  • Experience handling, managing, storing, and/or transporting biospecimen
  • Experience conducting human subjects research and working with IRB approved protocols
  • Familiarity with SquareSpace and WordPress website development tools


This position reports to Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for two years with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Salary and Benefits:

This position provides full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Specialist salary scale.

To Apply:


Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Cassidy Clarity, Coordinator [email protected]

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Letters of reference may be solicited from finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)