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Junior Specialist- Community and Regional Development; Human Ecology

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 17th, 2018
Last review date: October 1st, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: October 31st, 2018
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 Junior Specialist 100% time position will work under the supervision of M. Anne Visser (Associate Professor, Community and Regional Development, Department of Human Ecology

The Junior Research Specialist will work with Principle Investigator, collaborating on multiple research projects focused on labor markets and employment, economic and workforce development, equity and social policy and will directly engage in publishable research activities. This collaboration will include analysis of spatial and census data, engagement in the design of research protocols for landscape surveys and analysis, and collection of survey data.

Work will also include collaboration with graduate students and additional faculty.

The Junior Research Specialist will have the opportunity to collaborate in the publication process through their own analysis work as well as synthesis of exiting literature in the areas of employment and labor markets, economic development, equity and social policy.

The Junior Specialist will work with the PI to develop an individual professional competence and activity plan including identifying professional and educational activities as appropriate, these could include participation in scholarly conferences as a co-author or attendant, participation in on campus or regional research groups and convenings.

The Junior Research Specialist will engage in service primarily through undergraduate mentorship, alongside potential opportunities for direct community engagement.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant skills, a curriculum vitae, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 2 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in a related field, or with a bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Basic qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required in Community and Regional Development

Preferred qualifications

The candidate should have experience in primary data collection, including surveying, interviewing, focus groups, and management of secondary data including census data.
Skills with qualitative and quantitative research software (STATA, NVivo) as well as Microsoft Suite, and the Adobe design suite are preferred.
Experience with team management, economic development, and working in underrepresented communities preferred.
Excellence in, or an interest in improving written communication

SALARY RANGE: Step I- $39,500 annually or Step II- $42,100 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)

How to apply

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  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
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