Junior Specialist – Diversity and Disparities Lab
Open date: March 13, 2023
Most recent review date: Tuesday, Mar 28, 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.
The Department of Neurology at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine is recruiting for a full-time Junior Specialist in aging and Alzheimer’s disease as part of the Diversity and Disparities Lab (PI: Meyer). This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies in the areas of aging and Alzheimer's disease, social determinants of cognition (neighborhood factors, air pollution, etc.), and dementia caregiving in diverse communities. Appointment is for one year, but there is the possibility of extension depending on research need, candidate's trajectory, and availability of funding.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The Junior Specialist has the general duties of overseeing lab research projects, recruiting, and interacting with research participants in various studies. Candidates are expected to interact with research and clinical staff, as well as with research participants and families and the community. Other responsibilities include contributions to academic publications published in peer-reviewed journals, participation in lab meetings, and attending relevant talks by faculty,
both on and off campus throughout the year.
The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Oanh Meyer and have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.
I. RESEARCH (90% Effort)
A. The incumbent will collaborate with other research personnel affiliated with research activities involving aging, dementia caregiving, and community-based research. The junior specialist will perform routine lab activities required to accomplish tasks required of various projects in in the areas of aging and Alzheimer's disease, social determinants of cognition, and dementia caregiving. Specific duties may include:
1) Effectively plan and execute research and community-based projects in the Diversity and Disparities Lab.
2) Participate in D&D lab meetings
2) Assist with grant preparation.
3) Actively contribute to publishable research by reviewing and writing summaries of the literature.
4) Review journal manuscripts and/or other data elements related to the aging and Alzheimer’s disease
5) Recruit and consent study participants
6) Conduct phone interviews with potential research study participants.
7) Perform data entry and quality assurance checks
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE (5% Effort)
The junior specialist will be invited to participate in writing/co-authoring conference abstracts and manuscripts for publication. They will also have the opportunity to attend and present at journal clubs and other seminar/research meetings as appropriate.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% Effort)
The Junior Specialist may be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab. They will be expected to participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings, committee service, and other activities, as applicable.
For the full position description and to apply, visit https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05580
• Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent degree) with a major in psychology, human development, or a related field
• Research experience in social sciences
• Experience working in a research laboratory or interacting with research participants
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, make critical decisions
• Demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Interest in social determinants of health, aging, dementia, and dementia caregiving.
• Ability to speak Spanish, with preference for individuals who are literate in the Spanish language.
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