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Junior Specialist for the Department of Public Health Science, Division of Health Policy & Management

Position overview

Salary range: Exempt: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at step 1 or $54,600 at step 2.
Non-Exempt: A reasonable estimate for this position is $24.57/ hr. at Step 1 or $26.20/ hr. at Step 2.
Review timeline: 15 days

Application Window

Open date: October 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Dec 31, 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, Jun 30, 2024 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 University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) catalyzes, conducts, and leads bidirectional outreach and engagement that addresses the cancer control, prevention and research needs of our 19-county catchment area (Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Merced, Nevada, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sierra, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Placer, Yolo, and Yuba).

This is a one-year appointment and is renewable based on performance and availability of funds. The position involves assisting the Office of COE faculty with investigating cancer health disparities, implementing science, and health services research. This includes utilizing community-engaged research to address cancer health disparities in diverse and underrepresented communities and developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based interventions to increase uptake of the human papillomavirus vaccine and cancer screenings (e.g., breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung). The incumbent is expected to make scientific and scholarly contributions to the research enterprise.

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 provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, and supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.


• Assist with the preparation and coordination of new and current study protocols.
• Assist in coordinating Institutional Review Board and Scientific Review Committee submissions. This includes drafting study protocols, regulatory documents, internal transmittal forms, periodic progress reports, and input into research databases.
• Prepare and submit modifications and annual IRB renewals.
• Recruit, enroll, and engage research participants.
• Conduct study activities.
• Assist with data collection and analysis, including inputting and maintaining pre and post data for research evaluation.
• Maintain and monitor participant study files.
• Assist in planning and delivering focus groups, key informant interviews, convenings, workshops, and training for community members.
• Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders such as community organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups to promote mutually beneficial community-engaged research.

• Participate in appropriate professional societies or groups in public health and cancer health disparities.
• Present and report research findings to internal and external partners and funders.
• Conduct literature reviews.
• Assist with presentations, reports, and manuscript writing.
• Inform the development of grant and contract proposals to secure additional funding for research studies.

• Mentoring undergraduate students.
• Organize and coordinate meetings to advance the research agenda.
• Participate in transdisciplinary research meetings and present findings to broad audiences (e.g., the community and across the University).

Application Procedure and Deadline:
Applications will be accepted while the position or positions are unfilled, through June 30, 2024. However, for full consideration, please go to to apply.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. The University will not offer sponsorship of a visa for this position.

For more information regarding the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences, please visit the website at
If you have any questions, please contact Anandika Shafiq by email at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. The University will not offer sponsorship of a visa for this position.

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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

The search committee chair may contact your references.

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Davis, CA