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Assistant Specialist - OMU Study Coordinator

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 26th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Sep 27, 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: Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 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 position of Assistant Specialist has a focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project. The Assistant Specialist stays apprised of the research area and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization.

A. The Assistant Specialist will use their academic and professional expertise to make scientific contributions to a research study and will contribute to published research. Under the general direction of the Research Scientist, the Assistant Specialist will collaborate with other research personnel as part of a multidisciplinary human clinical research trial conducted at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center. The focus of the research is whether achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight should be the key health promoting recommendation of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The research study aims to understand whether consuming a nutrient dense diet, per the DGA, enhances cardiometabolic benefits of achieving a healthy body weight.
B. The Assistant Specialist will be actively engaged in general study management and coordination, including writing standard operating procedures, recruitment, screening, and consenting of study participants, and coordinating study test visits as well as visits to collect study foods from the Metabolic Kitchen. The Assistant Specialist will contribute expertise to the development of educational materials designed to elicit behavior change in the dietary intake and physical activity habits of human research participants.
C. The Assistant Specialist will be involved in data collection from human study participants such as anthropometrics, vital signs, body composition, metabolic rate, habitual physical activity, physical fitness, endothelial and pulmonary function, cognitive testing, and comprehensive dietary assessment using food frequency questionnaires, food preference and taste threshold testing and dietary recalls.
D. The Assistant Specialist will follow IRB-approved protocols, and will learn to modify and update protocols. Data collection, summary and reporting will be ongoing and will utilize various computer based tools such as MS Office Suite and RedCap. Protocols for data entry, data quality assurance, and reporting will be developed and followed.
E. The Assistant Specialist will work with laboratory support personnel to accomplish analytical testing of biological specimens and will integrate data collected by collaborators and co-investigators into the overall data set.
F. The Assistant Specialist will conduct literature searches for articles relevant to the research topic, engage in discussions of data with the Principal Investigators, and contribute to manuscript preparation and presentation of research findings.

A. Participate in appropriate professional societies or groups in the field of nutrition, such as the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
B. Organize the research contributions to journal manuscripts, poster presentations, publications and progress reports prior to submission. Offer technical and creative contributions to the manuscript preparation.

A. Participate on committees within the WHNRC, as appropriate.
B. Mentor undergraduates or student interns working at the WHNRC.

• Master’s degree in Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition or Dietetics, Physiology, or a closely related field. Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of nutrition research experience.
• Completion of training and current certification in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for biomedical researchers.
• Appropriate safety training and skills in biological specimen handling, processing, and storage, following standard operating procedures.
• Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Knowledge of RedCap for data management, summation, and reporting.
• Knowledge and skills to conduct literature searches and reviews on topics relevant to the research.
• Knowledge of dietary management practices and counseling for weight management
• Clinical research experience, including working with human study participants.
• Experience conducting the informed consent process with human volunteers in research projects.
• Current credential in Dietetics (RDN) awarded by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

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Job location

UC Davis, CA 95616


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)