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Junior Specialist: Hostinar Lab

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300 at Step 1

Application Window

Open date: June 7, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 28, 2024 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: Wednesday, Jul 31, 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

Dr. Camelia Hostinar in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a full-time research coordinator position at the Junior Specialist level beginning July 1, 2024. The position will have duration of 1 year. The successful candidate will work on research projects investigating stress psychobiology.

The research assistant will have the opportunity to acquire and train in several important research and intellectual skills using a variety of psychological tools, as well as perform lab management duties.



• Recruiting and scheduling research participants by phone and email.
• Assisting with data collection with child participants and their parents (e.g., administering paper-and-pencil questionnaires, collecting saliva samples; taking height, weight, and hip/waist measurements; processing serum samples from whole blood collected by the phlebotomist). The position involves direct interaction with children and families.
• Maintaining human subject protocols and consent forms and communicating with the IRB.


• Providing training to undergraduate research assistants and volunteers.
• Purchasing laboratory supplies and maintaining a clean, well-organized laboratory environment.
• Maintaining laboratory equipment and performing regular checks (e.g., freezer, eyewash station).


• Contributing to peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in the form of relevant literature review, data analysis, and scientific write-up. There will be opportunities to publish abstracts and present scientific results at local and national conferences.
Position qualifications


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• A college degree in the arts or sciences or a health-related field.
• Prior experience conducting psychological research with children and adolescents.
• Previous experience with data analysis and stress research.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and good writing skills.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills.
• Proficiency in computer skills (Microsoft Excel & Word, Google Calendar, Google Voicemail).

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

• Exposure to some analytical software such as SPSS or R.
• Experience with UC Davis Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved protocols.
• Ability to conduct occasional weekend research sessions with participants.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA