Location: OaklandFull Time
Job ID: 37972
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The Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) oversees a broad grantmaking portfolio of over $100 million a year to support research that is critical to California, the nation and the world. RGPO programs enhance UC's research capacity and excellence, which helps attract top faculty, graduate students, government funding and companies to our state. These grants also enable health researchers and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in the state. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities.


This position is part of the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) within Research and Innovation (R&I) at the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). The RGPO consists of several grant making programs that are administered by the University of California on behalf of the State of California. These programs are the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, and the UC Research Initiatives such as the Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives and the Lab Fees Research Program. The RGPO provides central coordination to support grant review and administration, financial and budgetary services, database management, and other core administrative needs to all of the grant programs.

The Biomedical Sciences and Health Equity Program Officer is responsible for oversight of at least one of the biomedical science grant portfolios as well as a portfolio of grants focused on tobacco health disparities or health equity administered by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). Primary duties include Request for Proposal (RFP) planning and development, peer reviewer and applicant relations, and grant application and award management. The Biomedical Sciences and Health Equity Program Officer will also disseminate research findings to a broad range of organizations and institutions concerned with nicotine and tobacco product use, tobacco-related disease, and tobacco control. The incumbent will have advanced knowledge of biomedical research in cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, cancer, neuroscience/addiction, oral/dental diseases, or other disease associated with nicotine or tobacco use. Advanced knowledge of or experience with addressing health disparities and advancing health equity is also required. The incumbent will also work with the TRDRP Program Director and team of Program Officers to develop best practices and work products needed to maintain TRDRP's excellence in grantmaking. (S)he will identify and assist in implementing state of the art approaches and methodologies to advance equity in research solicitation and review. As health equity is a cross-cutting theme in RGPO, the incumbent may also perform some of the above duties for the other programs in RGPO.



Grant Application and Award Management: Serves as Scientific Program Officer for a portion of the TRDRP portfolio of biomedical science and health disparities/health equity grants. Develops goals and objectives for new research initiatives in the biomedical science, health disparities/equity, or research training arenas. Sets priorities for research funding. Works closely with members of the RGPO Operations Unit to ensure well-run, fair, equitable, and scientifically sound application reviews. Develops TRDRP application solicitations, ensuring that they clearly communicate the program's research priorities and offer equitable applicant opportunities. Identifies potential expert advisors and peer reviewers by keeping abreast of the latest scientific discoveries in relevant tobacco-related research areas as well as establishing and maintaining collegial relationships with leading investigators in California and nationwide. Serves as Scientific Review Officer during review meetings, interpreting program priorities, and documenting the scientific evaluation of applications. Works closely with members of the RGPO Operations Unit to monitor and evaluate the scientific progress of grant awards.


Content Leadership: Acts as a biomedical science and health disparities/equity subject-matter expert for TRDRP and develops strategies for advancing research. Maintains the TRDRP mandate of addressing health disparities by developing effective research initiatives focusing on populations that are most impacted by tobacco-related diseases. Provides content expertise and utilizes relationships in the science and academic communities in California and nationally to ensure that research initiatives are aligned with emerging science and the needs of the relevant scientific fields.


External Liaison and Research Outcomes Dissemination: Provides recommendations to program staff during the development of new research initiatives to improve the likelihood that research outcomes can inform public health recommendations and/or clinical care strategies. Disseminates the results of TRDRP-funded studies to strategic partners and other key stakeholders that will utilize the information in public health, clinical, or policy decisions.


Cross-functional Teamwork: The Research Grants Program Office is a highly collaborative department with a staff that is diverse in subject-matter expertise, experience, and culture. The successful incumbent consistently identifies and supports opportunities for collaboration across RGPO. Encourages and allows others to explore new cross-unit collaborations. Makes time and resources available for new collaborative projects and initiatives. Interacts well with others in all RGPO grantmaking program and operational units. Utilizes principles of equity and inclusiveness in interactions with the RGPO staff. Communicates both verbally and non-verbally in a direct, cooperative, and courteous manner. Utilizes effective listening skills. Is diplomatic and strives to be helpful in all situations, and to provide excellent customer service. Supports team decisions and goals even when they may be at odds with personal preferences.

Required Qualifications

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of biomedical science and biomedical research practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health disparities and/or health equity research and interventions.
  • Proven leadership ability in scientific program planning and management of projects; experience leading scientific teams, and/or peer review committees.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills. Advanced skills analyzing information, problems, situations, policies or procedures to define and address a problem, need or objective.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers and teams with advanced program planning and management of projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will pay attention to, and approach issues through a social equity lens. For example, this person will have an understanding of the societal underpinnings of health disparities, given that social and structural determinants of health contribute to disparate health outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of the history of tobacco control policymaking and the impact of research on policymaking.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of historic and current local, state, and federal legislation and regulations regarding the sale and marketing of tobacco and nicotine products.
  • Proven ability to formulate solutions, new program development, alternative choices and implications for implementation.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in research grantmaking and grants administration.
  • Experience conducting research on tobacco-related diseases and a record of publications in the field.
  • Experience mentoring or training individuals in the biomedical sciences or other STEMM fields or experience with developing and/or administering STEMM training programs.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant biomedical science discipline and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the biomedical research field.



Salary: Recommended salary range is $109,000 – $127,300, commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging



Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is July 29, 2022. The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy


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