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Jr. Specialist - WHNRC Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 5th, 2018
Next review date: October 22nd, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: December 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 Western Human Nutrition Research Center, affiliated with the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, is currently seeking a Junior Specialist, 100% time for duration of 12 months with the possibility of reappointment depending on funding.
Research (90%) - This position is located in the Laugero Lab and will be engaged in research as part of a human clinical research trial conducted at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center. The focus of the research is to investigate the cardiometabolic health benefits of consuming sweet cherries. The Junior Specialist will use their academic and professional expertise to make scientific contributions to the research study and will contribute to published research. The complexity of the study is such that the Junior Specialist will work with a team of people, including the PI, on effective planning and execution of the research project. The Junior Specialist will be actively engaged in general study management and coordination, including help with constructing standard operating procedures, recruitment, screening, and consenting of study participants, coordinating study test visits, and data collection from human study participants such as anthropometrics, body composition, vascular function, blood pressure regulation, cognitive function, and inflammatory and stress related factors linked to cardiovascular disease risk. The Junior Specialist will help construct the study IRB and collect data following IRB-approved protocols and established methods and procedures. Data collection, summary and reporting will be ongoing and will utilize various tools such as MS Excel and RedCap. Protocols for data entry, data quality assurance, and reporting will be developed and followed. The Junior Specialist will work with laboratory support personnel to accomplish analytical testing of biological specimens, and will integrate data collected by collaborators and co-investigators into the overall data set. The Junior Specialist will conduct literature searches for articles relevant to the research topic, will engage in discussions of data with the Principal Investigators, and will contribute to manuscript preparation and presentation of research findings.
Professional Competence (5%) - The Junior Specialist will participate in lab meetings and relevant professional societies such as American Society of Nutrition (ASN) or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
University and public service 5% - The Junior Specialist will be involved in mentoring undergraduate students and interns in the Laugero lab.

• Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Physiology, or a related field with a minimum of 6 months of continuous experience on a research team conducting human nutrition and applied physiology research, including administering dietary assessment tools, such as food frequency questionnaires and 24-hour recalls, working with receipt and transport of biological specimens including blood, saliva and stool, and providing food to research study participants.
• Completion of training and current certification in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for biomedical researchers.
• Appropriate safety training and skills in biological specimen handling, processing, and storage, following standard operating procedures.
• Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and RedCap for data management, summation, and reporting
• Knowledge and skills to conduct literature searches and reviews on topics relevant to the research.
• Experience conducting the informed consent process with human volunteers in research projects.

• Ability to coordinate a team of technical specialists conducting multi-disciplinary research protocols.
• Registered Dietitian (R.D.).
• Clinical research experience, including working with human study participants.
• Laboratory experience in processing human specimens (blood, saliva, urine, feces).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
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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.

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