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Junior Specialist - Bonnel

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is Step 1 at $49,000 or Step 2 at $52,200.

Application Window

Open date: March 6, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Mar 20, 2023 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 position of Junior Specialist provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of the research area and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. The role of this position is to provide specialized expertise in (1) interfacing with human study subjects during the screening, onboarding and intervention phases of a human dietary intervention study, (2) collecting, recording, organizing and securing data collected from human study subjects, and (3) processing and storage of biological samples for the joint research projects of the labs of the Dr. Nancy Keim, Dr. Kevin Laugero, and Dr. Mary Kable at USDA, ARS, WHNRC located on the UC Davis campus and affiliated with the Department of Nutrition. The Junior Specialist is actively and significantly engaged in research to understand how dietary components influence the gut microbiome, intestinal cells, and distal sites (e.g. bone). The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to have creative input into the design of and selection of experiments to meet the study objectives.



a. The Junior Specialist will use their academic and professional expertise to make scientific contributions to a research study and will have the opportunity to contribute to published research. Under the general direction of the Principal Investigators, the Junior Specialist will collaborate with other research personnel as part of joint projects to understand how a dietary intervention including honey can influence blood glucose, stress, memory, and intestinal inflammation. This includes interfacing with human study subjects during the screening, onboarding and intervention phases of a human dietary intervention.

b. The Junior Specialist’s responsibilities will include inventory and processing of biological samples and data collection devices. For example, the Junior Specialist will be responsible for accepting whole stool samples from study subjects that were collected at home using a stool collection kit. The Junior Specialist will minimally process the samples by aliquoting them into conical tubes within a biological safety cabinet for storage at -80C. Further, the Junior Specialist will instruct subjects in the application and removal of continuous blood glucose monitors. The Junior Specialist’s responsibilities will also include administration of cognitive tests (CANTAB) and satiety tests, and routine quality checking and organization of results.

c. The Junior Specialist will draft tables and figures for scientific publications. Similarly, the candidate will participate in the drafting and revising of study manuscripts on an as needed basis.

d. The Junior Specialist will be actively involved in surveying literature, reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on research, and assisting in the interpretation of research results.


a. The Junior Specialist will participate in appropriate professional societies or groups in the field of nutrition, microbiology, or human health.

b. The Junior Specialist will organize the contributions to journal manuscripts and publications prior to submission and offer technical and creative contributions to the manuscript preparation.

c. The Junior 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.


The Junior Specialist is expected to minimally participate in University service by mentoring students in the laboratory.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition or Dietetics, Human Physiology, or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
• Knowledge and skills to conduct literature searches and reviews on topics relevant to the research.
• Experience or training related to data collection and analysis, and to the conduct of health or nutrition research.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience with data capture, management and/or reporting tools such as RedCap or Qualtrics; and/or experience with data analysis programs for data management and reporting.
• Clinical research experience, including working with human study participants.
• Experience conducting the informed consent process or completing data collection interviews with human volunteers in research projects.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (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
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA