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Junior or Assistant Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 3rd, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Jul 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jan 3, 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.


Research Opportunity to work with Stanton Glantz on Cannabis and Tobacco Policymaking Research

Dr. Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education is seeking an individual to conduct policy research in the evolving policy environment around cannabis and e-cigarette policy and how it interacts with tobacco control policymaking at the state and local level.

The project involves preparing detailed case studies on policy making in states with a variety of cannabis and e-cigarette policies, including research on the development and passage (or defeat) of relevant legislation, implementation, funding and management of cannabis and tobacco control programs, efforts of public health advocates to promote public health programs, and opposition to public health policies by the cannabis and tobacco industries and their allies and surrogates. Data collection will involve researching written records, relevant laws, analyzing campaign contribution information, conducting interviews and doing field research.

The successful candidate will either be appointed in the Specialist Series at the Junior or Assistant Level. Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Bachelor’s degree or must have at least four years of research experience. Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree or must have at least five years of research experience. Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission. Candidates should have strong analytical and writing skills. Applicant must have all requirements met by time of hire. Individuals with doctoral degree may also apply and will be considered for appointments as postdoctoral fellows.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

Strong analytical and writing skills are important. This position is for two years and suitable for an individual with a political science, public health, legal, statistical, economic, or relevant life sciences background who is looking to gain research experience on the way to further career development, such as going on to graduate, medical, or law school.

All application packets must include your CV/resume, Cover Letter, and two writing samples of your work. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Compensation will be commensurate with the applicants’ experience and training.

If you are interested in the SPECIALIST position, please apply online at

If you interested in a POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW position: Interested individuals with doctoral degrees (PhD, JD, MD, DDS, DrPH, or equivalent degree) may also apply and will be considered for an appointment as postdoctoral fellows instead of the Specialist position. Please send your application packet to
Jonathan Leff at Your application packet must include a letter describing your interests and experience, your CV/resume and 2 writing samples of your work.

Applicants may learn more about the Tobacco Center at
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Copies of at least two writing samples