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Junior Specialist - EpiCal

Application Window

Open date: July 26th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Aug 9, 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: Tuesday, Nov 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 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for a qualified Junior Specialist at the UCD Early Psychosis programs (EDAPT and SacEDAPT).

MAJOR RESPONSIBLITIES
The incumbent for this position will be part of an interdisciplinary set of projects investigating methods for improving treatments for individuals experiencing psychotic illness. Such projects may include a statewide evaluation of established early psychosis programs (large scale services research), coordination of clinic activities at the UCD Early Psychosis programs (EDAPT and SacEDAPT), and oversight of data collection, management, and reporting of outcomes data collected by UCD Early Psychosis programs as well as affiliated programs in other counties. The incumbent’s primary role will be to coordinate data collection and management for individuals aged 12-40 with psychotic illness who are participating in clinical services or other research projects associated with the UC Davis Early Psychosis programs and programs across California. The position will require the incumbent to travel sometimes for multiple days or overnight (via car or plane) throughout the state. This will include collecting data from a diverse population of stakeholders as part of focus groups and feedback interviews. The incumbent will be responsible for engaging English and non-English speaking clients and family members/support persons (Spanish preferred) and assist in their participation in these interviews. Successful candidates will be involved in aspects of publishable research activities in the lab, inclusive of literature review, study design and implementation, data analysis and presentation, manuscript preparation, and conference submissions.

General responsibilities include:

I. RESEARCH ACTIVITY (70% EFFORT)

General duties include working closely with the PI to assist in data collection, entry and quality control, study design and implementation, literature reviews and data analysis for preparation of manuscripts or conference presentations, and writing conference abstracts and manuscripts (e.g., methods and results sections, table and figure generation).
Specific duties include:

  • Ability to interact with diverse patient populations and conduct research testing. Engage Spanish speaking clients and family members/support persons and assist in their participation in various aspects of the study.
  • Travel to community sites across the state (via car or plane) to support study site engagement activities, participant recruitment, data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Recruitment of study cohorts, including individuals at risk for psychosis, individuals with first episode psychosis, as well as demographically-matched healthy individuals.
  • Conduct phone interviews with potential participants to evaluate eligibility based on medical and psychiatric inclusion/exclusion criteria.
  • Remotely consent and administer study materials to individuals at study sites (in both English and Spanish), including surveys, research consenting, and payment forms.
  • Remotely administer clinical and cognitive behavioral batteries to participants (in both English and Spanish), score assessments and enter data into database.
  • Manage data, including clinical ratings, questionnaires, medical and demographic information, intelligence assessments, and cognitive performance data.
  • Track data and ensure timely completion of baseline and follow up assessments.
  • Analyze data and generate reports of findings.
  • Maintain RedCap Database or other study related database
  • Maintain databases of all study data, including demographic, symptom, and cognitive data.
  • Maintain clinical IRB protocols. Ensure IRB and HIPAA compliance.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (15% EFFORT)

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

  • Develop and present reports of research findings, share results in meetings with researchers, clinicians or other stakeholders.
  • Participate in lab meetings, including presentation of preliminary data analyses, study proposals, and discussion of journal articles.
  • Present data in poster format at regional/national meetings in relevant fields (e.g. Society for Research in Psychopathology).

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (15% EFFORT)

  • Assist in mentorship of volunteer undergraduate research assistants.
  • Assist with daily lab maintenance

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:
12-month term appointment from start date at 100% time (full time).

SALARY RANGE:
Step 1 - $42,300 annual, or Step II - $45,100 annual, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Yearly/hourly pay scales based on percentage of qualifying appointment. Step offered commensurate with the proposed candidate's qualifications and prior experience in title code.

TO APPLY:
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04256.

QUESTIONS:
Please direct questions to Valerie Tryon, Ph.D., vltryon@ucdavis.edu.

The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Bachelor's Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field
    Ability to interact with various patient populations and conduct research testing
    Knowledge of statistics and applications of statistics while organizing and analyzing behavioral data.
    Advanced knowledge of Microsoft applications including Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, electronic calendaring and e-mail software (Outlook).
    Good oral and written communication skills to effectively work with physicians, patients, and families, clinical staff, research staff and other health care professionals.
    Ability to manage multiple large tasks simultaneously while maintaining clear organization.
    Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and work in a stressful, goal-based environment.
    Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04256

Help contact: tisxiong@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Sacramento, CA