The Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) will be the bedrock for the healthy start that every child deserves, regardless of the circumstances he or she was born into. PTBi is a cross-campus and multi-disciplinary initiative at UCSF, with leadership from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Global Health Sciences (GHS), Family Health Care Nursing, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Together PTBi unites researchers, clinicians, public health experts, community organizations and community members to collaboratively apply innovative ideas and approaches to the epidemic of prematurity. This transformative model targets not just how we address preterm birth, but many of the health disparities that persist in families and communities across generations.

Help us turn the curve on preterm birth.

Learn more about funding opportunities.


Job Opportunities

For more information about current openings, please visit Careers at UCSF and search openings by requisition number (Req#).

This is a position with PTBi-California in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. The Communications Managing Director for California will lead the development of external and internal messaging, visuals, and campaigns across online and print media for this high-profile initiative. This position requires strong writing and organizational skills to represent the public face of the PTBi California and connect effectively with a diverse set of local and national audiences and partners. The individual will be responsible for developing and managing communications for activities associated with public relations, marketing, outreach, and internal and external communications. This includes developing website content, publications, electronic communications, newsletters, digital storytelling efforts, and marketing materials. She/he will be required to interact with diverse stakeholders (e.g. technical experts, academic researchers, students, community leaders and members, policymakers and members of the media). The individual should have (or develop) a contextual understanding of maternal and neonatal health issues, particularly in domestic settings with knowledge/expertise in the field of prematurity/preterm-birth. The Communications Managing Director will work collaboratively with the larger full PTBi team to achieve the California communications strategy and objectives. 
PTBi-California is seeking an academic Program Manager to develop and manage the Newborn Family Research Collaborative (NFRC). NFRC member neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) will implement effective underutilized postnatal interventions and test promising new interventions to improve health outcomes and quality of life for preterm infants and their families, as identified and prioritized by family and clinician stakeholders through a Parent Clinician Advisory Board (PCAB). The Program Manager will be responsible for the development of the research network across three sites: University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, and Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California. The Program Manager will assist in the creation and maintenance of the local PCABs as well as coordinate monthly web-based and biannual in-person meetings of the PCABs. The Program Manager's duties may include supporting the management of multiple research studies and coordinating the tasks of multiple clinical research teams across sites; acting as intermediatry between services, departments and sites while overseeing data and specimen management; managing Investigator protocols in the Committee on Human Research online system; helping assure compliance with all relevant regulatory agencies; overseeing study data integrity; and many more.


UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


Not seeing what you’re looking for? Want to get involved? Email pretermbirth@ucsf.edu