Investigator/Associate Research Scientist (2202-03)

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

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Position Summary
PIRE has a significant national presence in the area of applied behavioral science, with funded research projects at its centers on prevention, treatment, and policy research. PIRE scientists and practitioners continually focus on the design and implementation of complex program evaluation strategies and the conduct of research related to health and social issues, and criminal justice. We are dedicated to reducing health disparities through our research. PIRE practitioners and scientists provide training and technical assistance in many health-related areas to states and communities that are attempting to improve public health. For more information about PIRE go to

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is an independent, nonprofit organization merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to create solutions that improve the health, safety and well-being of individuals, communities, tribes and nations around the world.  We have excellent health coverage, retirement opportunities and flexible telecommuting and work arrangements available to support our nationally recognized institution of independent scientists.

Opportunity Summary: PIRE is seeking Investigators to join Prevention Research Center, our Berkeley Center located in the San Francisco Bay metropolitan area. This opportunity is open to senior level investigators - and/or a small team of investigators- who are positioned to substantially contribute to PIRE's alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and health policy portfolio or other research agenda. We also have positions at our five other primary locations: Calverton, MD, Albuquerque, NM, Louisville, KY, Chapel Hill, NC and Providence, RI.

Specifically, we invite letters of inquiry from senior level investigators who have:

  • Current or recent funding from NIH, CDC and/or other agencies that fund scientific research,
  • A track record of relevant publications in high impact journals, and
  • Strong skills in research collaboration and management.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue their own research while collaborating with other PIRE scientists in areas of mutual interest.  PIRE is prepared to assist researchers submit applications with startup funding, administrative support and collaborative scientific support. Employment is contingent upon successful awards.

PIRE is a soft-money and self-funded research organization. The independence and freedom as a scientist, comes with the responsibility of seeking and securing one's own funding. Please share your resume along with brief description of your research interest and potential funders.

PIRE has a diverse portfolio of scientific research focusing on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and their effects on public health and safety. Funding for this work comes from the NIH, SAMHSA, States and Foundations We are specifically expanding our tobacco and drug related research but are not limiting this opportunity. Our scientists examine risk factors and outcomes at both the individual and structural levels, with a focus on informing public policy and/or understanding the specific impacts of policies on health. Our studies employ a diverse range of research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods and a variety of innovative sampling methods.

The Prevention Research Center website is - Feel free to contact the Center Director (Roland Moore, Ph.D., or Site Administrator (David Kesner, for questions about our center.  Details of our other Centers can be found at .

PIRE has a strong commitment to research dissemination and moving science to practice and practice to science. The implementation of our work is demonstrated in peer-reviewed journal articles, reports for government and lay audiences and professional presentations. Fuller documentation of PIRE's corporate capabilities detailing our drug-related work is on our web site (

We look forward to talking with you about your interests and how your research can grow with PIRE.

Job Requirements
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to beginning work at PIRE except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation.

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PIRE is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer
PIRE is a diverse community devoted to the promotion and acceptance of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender or physical ability or veteran status. PIRE is committed to employ, and advance in employment, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, and to treat qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status.Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
PIRE will provide reasonable accommodations with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please contact Human Resources by email at

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