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FRIENDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE - Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

News Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 08:45


Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

Friends Community Center (FCC) is the Los Angeles-based community research division of Friends Research Institute (FRI), a private, non-profit research organization. FRI is accepting applications at the Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist level to help sustain and expand the research agenda and service delivery at FCC. FRI is seeking a highly qualified mid- to senior-level candidate who has an established research career in the areas of:

  • HIV prevention and care,

  • sexual and gender minority populations,

  • race/ethnic minority populations,

  • substance use disorders,

  • mental health disorders,

  • social and structural health disparities, and

  • community-based participatory research.

Applicants must hold an M.D. or a Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, public health, epidemiology or related fields, and will be expected to obtain and maintain a scientifically rigorous research portfolio as an independent investigator through federal, state, county, and city funding. The successful candidate will be provided guidance regarding FCC’s operations in order to assume a leadership role in overseeing the research, administrative, fiscal, programmatic, and personnel responsibilities of the community research site.

Setting: FCC is located in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles County; we work with sexual and gender minority populations experiencing multiple health disparities. Most participants are current substance users engaged in exchange sex, have episodes of incarceration, experience housing and food instability, many have mental health disorders and most are racial/ethnic minorities. FCC implements both social services and research studies. Based on funding, staff size ranges from 20 to 30, and includes peer interventionists, bachelors- and masters-level research coordinators, and Ph.D.-level researchers.

If interested, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Jennifer Reyes, West Coast Director at: Please include in your cover letter a description of your research interests and experience. The review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021 and will continue until the search is completed. Our competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Websites:  and

Friends Research Institute is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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