Research Data Analyst/Postdoctoral Research Fellow



The Nagata Lab at UCSF is focused on epidemiology and data science in adolescent and young adult health. We are requesting applications for a Research Data Analyst/Specialist or Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with a flexible start date.

Job Description

We are recruiting for one full-time position, either a Research Data Analyst or Postdoctoral Research Fellow, to coordinate and conduct statistical analyses and perform data management for research projects related to downstream health impacts of adolescent behaviors. The candidate will lead analyses of large, national cohort studies related to adolescent digital technology use (e.g. screen time, social media, FitBit, etc) and health outcomes. The core work would involve data management and statistical analyses, working with members of the research team on interpreting and writing up results, tables, and figures for publication. Secondary responsibilities would include organizing the process for manuscript submissions; helping with associated presentations; data use requests and progress reports; and support for grant-applications including preparation of preliminary analyses.

Required Qualifications

  • Research Data Analyst/Specialist: Master's degree in in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, or a related field. Highly qualified applicants with a Bachelor’s degree may apply.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: PhD, DrPH, ScD, or equivalent doctorate in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, or a related field.
  • Strong programming skills in Stata (preferred), SAS, R, or equivalent (required).
  • Strong quantitative skills including statistical modeling (e.g., linear and logistic regression, mediation, interaction, longitudinal analyses)
  • Knowledge of epidemiology and population health measurement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., data visualization, writing)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a team

Team: The Nagata Lab in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco is focused on using epidemiology and data science to determine downstream health effects of adolescent and young adult behaviors. Dr. Jason Nagata, MD, MSc, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, will be the supervisor for this position. The lab fosters interdisciplinary collaborations across medicine, psychology, social work, nutrition, epidemiology, biostatistics, and others. The lab environment also includes a wonderful team of students and trainees. More info about the lab and research topics can be found at the lab website:

Environment: The data analyst will be part of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, one of the oldest divisions devoted to adolescent health in the country. It is one of seven programs nationally designated as a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) training site by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The Division also includes two federally-funded national research centers in adolescent health, including the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, which focuses on the intersection of health policy, guidelines, and implementation science for adolescent and young adult health.

Pay and Benefits

Applicants will be given a one-year contract, with the possibility for renewal.

Research Data Analyst/Specialist: Competitive salary including full benefits will be provided commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Please visit UCSF’s web page devoted to postdoctoral fellow pay and benefits:

Start Date: The start date of the position is flexible, and applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Location: Preferred to work in San Francisco but remote work is possible.

Applications: To be considered, please send a cover letter, CV, sample code, and a minimum of two references to [email protected] (see further details below). Individual interviews will be conducted among a short list of candidates. Only applicants who will be interviewed will be contacted. Questions about eligibility of the position can be directed to Dr. Jason Nagata ([email protected]).

  • Cover letter that indicates your interest in the position. Please include comments on the following: skills and background in statistical programming; interests in epidemiology of adolescent and young adult health; career goals.
  • CV – recently updated
  • Coding sample – please submit a sample of your analysis code (preferably in Stata, other programs acceptable) and results corresponding to the findings (can be a peer-reviewed publication or written results/tables/figures).  
  • References – Names and contact (e-mail and phone) of two or more individuals who can provide a reference (e.g., Master’s/PhD supervisor).

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

UCSF and the Nagata Lab are committed to reflecting diversity in its staff and academic personnel.

Recent Studies on Screen Time from Nagata Lab