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Junior Specialist 1 - Division of Cardiology

Position overview

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

Application Window

Open date: July 5, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jul 19, 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: Sunday, Dec 31, 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 has a narrow focus in the designated area(s) of specialization and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, or with research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Junior Specialist will be actively and significantly engaged in research on human subjects and heart failure patients to understand the impact of risk factors to heart failure phenotypes. The Junior Specialist will be required to be involved in publishable research activities, including interacting with human subjects and heart failure patients who are involved in clinical studies, analyzing clinical data and process these into result figures, reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. The Junior Specialist will also be expected to participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations as well as review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications as applicable related to heart failure, heart disease, advanced cardiac therapies and precision medicine.

The Junior Specialist will use their academic and professional expertise to make scientific contributions to research studies and will have the opportunity to contribute to published research. Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Junior Specialist will collaborate with research personnel in the Complex Care lab to offer technical support and creative contributions to several clinical studies that focus on heart failure, comorbidities, and related chronic disease management. The Junior Specialist’s responsibilities will focus on questions in Internal Medicine subspecialties in the areas of cardiovascular research under the direction of the principal investigator. The main responsibility of the individual in the lab will include working in a clinical project to examine the public health and educational interventions for heart failure patients through retrospective analysis, clinical data analyses and processing results, interaction with human subjects and heart failure patients. The Junior Specialist will be responsible for recording and organizing data and records. The Junior Specialist will aid in the general maintenance of the IRB documents, and protocols and supporting the maintenance of a clean working environment. The Junior Specialist will participate in drafting and revising of study manuscripts, including preparing tables and figures, on an as needed basis. The Junior Specialist will be involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and interpretation of research results.

The Junior Specialist will be expected to participate in appropriate professional societies and conferences in the field of cardiology, nutrition, health and metabolomics, and participate in and contribute to departmental and journal clubs and other academic activities, as applicable.

The Junior Specialist will be encouraged to participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.


TERM OF APPOINTMENT: One year with the possibility to extend to two years maximum, based on the needs of the research project. 100% Appointment.

Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files via

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Jaskaran Birak at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field.
Interest in cardiovascular medicine.
Ability to work nights/evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Basic laboratory skills, and a willingness to learn new techniques.
Demonstrated organizational experience in maintaining records.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work with a diverse team from different backgrounds and varying skill levels for the purpose of assisting/teaching/supervising.
Ability to conduct library and database searches and synthesize acquired knowledge effectively in writing and apply it to research processes.
Experience working collaboratively.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Knowledge and experience in conducting clinical research and audits.
Knowledge in statistical methods is desirable.
Serve as a research coordinator for projects conducted by the PI, as resources permit.
Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communications between individual laboratories, data management, and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the project.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (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
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, California