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Junior Specialist (2 positions)

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Open date: July 22nd, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 1, 2021 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: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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.

Position description

The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis invites applications for two qualified Junior Specialists in the following sub-specialties: Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Care. Appointments will range from 75-100%. Hire dates will vary between August 15 and September 30, 2020. Junior Specialist positions are short-term, two-year maximum appointments based on the needs of the research project. Position A will be supervised by Allyson Sage, and position B will be supervised by Maria Marois.

Junior Specialist appointees will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on Emergency Medicine care for pediatric and/or adult patients. Successful candidates will participate in screening, recruitment, and enrollment of Emergency Department patients into approved research studies. Other study procedures as part of this work may include data collection (interviews/questionnaires), abstracting data from electronic medical records according to study protocols; inputting abstracted data; storing and shipping samples according to appropriate university guidelines; conducting patient follow-up activities; and resolving data queries. Appointees may be expected to review literature for background information and emerging science relevant to emergency medicine research projects, and research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to their sub-specialty area. Appointees will participate in emergency medicine Research-In-Progress forums and in regular study meetings with the PI and other investigators where progress of the work is discussed. They will also participate in protocol reviews for new studies and provide substantive feedback on content and implementation. Junior Specialists may participate in training on neurocognitive testing and other follow-up testing of pediatric research participants, developing expert skills in assessing patients and coding/scoring assessments performed by others. Junior Specialists may participate in the PECARN Research Coordinator Advisory Committee and complete assignments delegated by this professional committee. Junior Specialists may coordinate community consultation (e.g. presentations to community and service providers for participant recruitment purpose) and public disclosure activities to support an application for federal exception from informed consent for emergency research and be involved in the release of study results to the public as required by applicable regulations. The ideal candidate(s) will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

This position will be located primarily in the Emergency Department. Work hours to be arranged, but evening and some weekend hours may be required depending on the specific position. Restricted vacation during peak periods.

Basic Qualifications:
-Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences or related field required with a minimum of 6 months experience in laboratory, clinical or applied research.
-Ability to screen and recruit patients into clinical research trials.
-Knowledge and understanding of 'Good Clinical Practices' for clinical research.
-Ability to interpret and understand clinical protocols and provide instruction on their implementation.
-Ability to read and understand patient medical records, abstract clinical data from medical records and record accurately on case report forms and/or in electronic databases.
-Excellent communication skills in interacting with research participants, physicians, hospital clinical staff, university department staff/representatives, and research sponsor.
-Excellent organizational skills in maintaining thorough and accurate study documentation while managing multiple clinical trials.
-Computer skills sufficient to effectively use MS Word, Excel, web interfaces and patient and research databases.
Preferred Qualifications:
-Some classroom experience in laboratory, clinical and/or applied research is strongly preferred.
-Experience in an Emergency Department and handling specimens is strongly preferred.
-Experience with electronic health record system preferred.

For full consideration, applications should be received by August 5, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 20, 2021. Applicants should upload their cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of contact information for 3-5 references online at:

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

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

Job location

Sacramento, CA