Researcher in General Internal Medicine
University of California Davis Division of General Internal Medicine
United States

Jr. Specialist I - Gen Med- Dr. Dossett Lab

Job #JPF03995

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 8th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Feb 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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 Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis invites qualified applicants for a Junior Specialist position. Candidates will work under the direction of Dr. Michelle Dossett supporting her NIH-funded clinical trial studying patient-clinician interactions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease as well as related studies in integrative medicine and mind-body medicine. Responsibilities include human subject screening and recruitment; coordination of study visits, including setting up video and audio equipment, physiologic monitors, and computer to record data; serving as a liaison and resource for study physicians and participants; IRB communication and document submission; quality control/quality assurance including maintenance of study binders and regulatory documentation; data collection, cleaning, and analysis; assisting with data preparation and reporting; and assisting with literature reviews, grant and manuscript preparation and submission. The specialist will also work harmoniously with other team members, attend regular study meetings, maintain excellent communication with the PI, and undergraduate interns under the PI’s guidance.

Number of Position Available: 1

Short-term 2-year maximum Non-Exempt appointment, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by the "next review date" found on the application link below. However, this position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2021.

Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files via

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH at

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action, policy see If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (

The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area 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. Junior Specialists are required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Junior Specialists are also 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 their research area of expertise.


A. Work under the direction of the Principle Investigator on research projects. Collaborate with personnel affiliated with research activities involving studies of the mechanisms underlying effective patient-clinician interactions including the collection and analysis of symptom, psychologic, physiologic, behavioral, and qualitative data. Evaluation of performance in research activities is subject to the applicable individual project in specialized areas, as documented by any of the following within the first six months and on an ongoing basis thereafter:
• Publications that acknowledge the Junior Specialist's significant and meaningful contribution to the work.
• Publications on which the Junior Specialist is an author.
• Other evidence (e.g., letters from collaborators or principal investigators) that work done by the Junior Specialist contributed to publishable research.


• The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to submit an abstract for, and attend, a scientific or scholarly conference in the PI’s field.
• Attend related seminars and symposiums on the UC Davis Sacramento Campus.


• The Junior Specialist will be expected to mentor undergraduate students under the direction of the PI. These students would typically help with basic tasks and complete small research projects. The junior specialist would be expected to assist with their training and to discuss projects with them.

• Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology or a related field.
• Prior research experience.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Demonstrated excellent writing, documentation, and organizational skills with careful attention to detail.
• Ability to work both independently and with others as part of a research team.
• Demonstrated ability for technical problem solving and adept with quickly learning and using new technologies, software programs, and apps.
• Adept at using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new research and study-related skills.
• Demonstrated ability to function independently within a fast-paced, high volume, changing environment, develop timelines and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to work with participants involving sensitive issues and abilitity to appropriately manage confidential information.
• Ability to anticipate project needs and next steps.
• Ability to use analytical and problem solving skills for the identification and resolution of unique and unforeseen problems in a logical, timely, and often creative manner while maintaining the integrity of study protocols and legalities defined by the University, departmental and study policies and procedures.

• Administrative skills and ability to exercise judgment, initiative and resourcefulness in making decisions.

• Experience with statistical software such as SAS or SPSS and the REDCap database is preferred.

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)
Job location
  • Sacramento, CA

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