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Junior Specialist I, GI- Sacramento

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 12th, 2019

Last review date: Sunday, Aug 25, 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: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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.


The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist.

The Junior Specialist appointee will be involved in studies focusing on questions in liver disease, natural history, and treatment. These studies will involve the participation in and coordination of activities between research collaborators at UC Davis Health System and collaborating sites.

General responsibilities include assisting the Project Investigators in a literature review, experiment planning, and design, scientific documentation of the experiments/results and preparation of manuscripts for publication and grant proposals. The incumbent will specifically participate in two projects under the supervision of the PI:

PET imaging in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The successful candidate will coordinate and participate in the activities of a study aimed at understanding the effects of fatty liver on glucose metabolism in the liver and other organ utilizing dynamic PET imaging on the whole body PET imaging machine EXPLORER. The incumbent will be trained on the abstraction of data, data entry and analysis, patient recruitment, and regulatory/ethical requirements. The incumbent will work with research coordinators to recruit patients, collect and record data for the clinical studies, and generate monthly progress reports. They will be expected to formulate a research question that can be answered by the results from these data and participate in the analysis of data with a trained biostatistician while assisting in the writing of the manuscripts and abstracts.

Natural history studies of liver diseases. In this project, the incumbent will be involved in patient recruitment, the collection of biospecimens, and maintaining an accurate record of patient data. The candidate will work under the supervision of the investigators to ensure robust recruitment is met, analyzing data, and contribute to writing abstracts and manuscripts.

• Contribute to the PET imaging conferences by preparing and presenting results and attending the proceedings.
• Attend journal review, GI Research in Progress meetings, and local/national meetings to present research findings.

• Organizes meetings and teleconferences of PET Imaging and other groups
• Interact with patient advocacy organizations and organize local patient meetings.

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field with previous laboratory course experience.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and use medical terminology appropriately.
• Strong oral and written communication skills required.
• Working knowledge and familiarity with spreadsheets.
Knowledge of HIPPA, ethical issues and writing human subject protocol in conducting human research is also required.

Additional Qualifications:
• Knowledge and experience in conducting basic laboratory procedures, bioinformatics, and statistical methods are highly desirable.

Step I - $40,700 Annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Number of Positions Available: 1


Short-term 2-year maximum Non-Exempt appointment, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by the "next review date" found on the application link below. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2020.

Please go to to submit your Cover Letter, Writing Sample, CV or resume, and contact information for at least three references.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Maria Hayes at

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)