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Junior Specialist (2-4 positions)

Application Window

Open date: January 6th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Feb 10, 2022 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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

NATURE AND PURPOSE

The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Junior Specialists do not have supervision responsibilities. Although the Specialist titles are expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member, the incumbent is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. The incumbent will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it a Principal status. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE

I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (80% EFFORT)

A. Collaborate with PI and study personnel in the Department of Emergency Medicine conducting interdisciplinary studies focusing on Emergency Medicine care for pediatric and/or adult patients.
1) Review and maintain current competency of study protocols and procedures for Emergency Medicine research studies starting up and currently enrolling patients.
2) Under supervision of the PI, abstract data from electronic medical records according to study protocols; input abstracted data; store and ship samples according to appropriate university guidelines; conduct patient follow-up activities; and resolve data queries.
3) 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.
4) Participate in Emergency Medicine Research-In-Progress forums, network teleconferences and meetings, and in regular study meetings with the PI and other investigators where progress of the work will be discussed.
5) Participate in protocol reviews for new studies and provide substantive feedback on content and implementation.
6) Participate in training for enrollment and data collection activities (such as procedures involving innovative diagnostic and treatment equipment, neurocognitive testing or other follow-up testing of research participants), developing expert skills in assessing patients and coding/scoring assessments performed by others.
7) Coordinate and participate in dissemination activities to support an application for federal exception from informed consent for emergency research.

B. Serve as a research coordinator for interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in Emergency Medicine for adult and/or pediatric patients conducted by PIs in the department. Responsible for acquiring sufficient knowledge to enroll appropriate subjects into IRB-approved research studies, and ensuring proper management of biological specimens, data collection and data management, according to specific protocols as well as relevant policies and procedures.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (15% EFFORT)

A. Complete and maintain IRB required education, including CITI course for Biomedical Researchers and Good Clinical Practice.
B. Attend and participate in CTSC-sponsored training for clinical research activities, Emergency Medicine Department sponsored Research-In-Progress forums, network teleconferences and meetings, and in regular study meetings with the PI and other investigators where progress of the work will be discussed.
C. Participate in protocol reviews for new studies and provide substantive feedback on content and implementation.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)

A. Participate with the principal investigator and study team in presentations to the community and service providers for participant recruitment purposes as well as public disclosure activities.
B. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate, such as annual UC Davis Research Expo.

All questions can be directed to Amy Peppers-Johnson at apeppersjohnson@ucdavis.edu.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences or related field required with a minimum of 6 months paid or volunteer experience in 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 sponsors.
-Excellent organizational skills in maintaining thorough and accurate study documentation while conducting procedures for 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.

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.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04612

Help contact: apeppersjohnson@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

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Job location

Sacramento, CA