The UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) is an industry-leading multi-disciplinary program of violence research and policy development. Our work proves to be perpetually relevant as the United States experiences significant rates of violence, especially firearm violence. Our team consists of a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to conducting collaborative and rigorous research that contributes to advancements in public health. 

VPRP investigators also form the core of the California Firearm Violence Research Center (CA FVRC), which is housed at UC Davis alongside VPRP. CA FVRC is the first state-funded center for firearm violence research.


VPRP team members attending the 2022 National Research Conference for the Prevention of Firearm-Related Harms

VPRP is based in Sacramento, California. Our status as a reliable source for rigorous research and our location in the state’s capital increase our ability to translate findings into practice and public policy.

As a state, California is a pioneer in firearm violence prevention research and policy. Robust statistics and data sets are available, and dedicated government funding is regularly allotted to our field.

The University of California (UC) total benefits package is one of the most generous in the industry. UC offers comprehensive health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as many other supplemental resources. One of the most sought-after advantages is the generous and stable retirement program. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship

VPRP and the California Firearm Violence Research Center, both at UC Davis, invite applications for outstanding investigators to undertake an intensive two-year postdoctoral program of mentored, applied research on the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence and innovations in community and public safety. Awards will be on a competitive basis to individuals who have completed a doctoral degree program in public health, epidemiology, sociology, public policy, criminology, economics, statistics, community development, or a related field (Ph.D., Dr.P.H., M.D., or equivalent) and have documented health equity and justice-focused research expertise.

View the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Violence Prevention Research (PDF) for more information. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Research Data Analyst 3

This position will work as a member of VPRP’s research team. They will be involved primarily in mixed methods research on both firearm and non-firearm violence, while also contributing to work on topics including individual, social, and structural determinants of health and health equity, and innovations in community and public safety. The appointee’s collaborative work will be concerned initially with several existing or newly launched research projects. The appointee will work under the supervision of one or more VPRP faculty. Activities will include study and analysis plan design; data collection, management, maintenance, and linkage; quantitative and qualitative data analysis and/or coding; interpretation of results; literature reviews; preparation of manuscripts, oral and poster presentations, progress reports, IRB protocols, and new project proposals; and liaison with collaborators at other institutions and relevant nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies. The analyst will support other shared duties related to project coordination and administration as assigned. Apply by Oct. 6, 2023 via the UC Davis Careers site.