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Junior Specialist - California Initiative of Health Equity & Action

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 24th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020 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: Tuesday, Aug 24, 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.


Dr. Denise Payán, Assistant Professor of Public Health, will be serving as the Deputy Director for California Initiative of Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) this academic year ( is seeking a part-time junior specialist to provide key administrative, academic, and policy support. The position is 50% time for 12 months.

Cal-IHEA is a statewide research translation center that provides a critical link between the University of California and the state’s health policy community.

The junior specialist will provide administrative support (e.g., invite and coordinate webinar speakers), serve as liaison to UC Berkeley’s Cal-IHEA team, and communicate with internal UCM departments and personnel to advance public dissemination of Cal-IHEA funded projects and results. This position will also be instrumental to helping increase UC Merced’s visibility and participation in a UC-funded statewide initiative that seeks to catalyze the health research to policy pipeline.

Key responsibilities include:
a) Provide administrative support for the Community Health & Innovative Policy (CHIP) Lab - (10%)
b) Coordinate collaborative efforts, convene, and facilitate meetings with partners involved in an on campus food insecurity collaborative (40%)
c) Assist with (remote) recruitment and data collection for a COVID-19 funded qualitative study (20%)
d) Analyze and interpret findings from public health studies (10%)
e) Summarize findings in reports, articles, and presentations, as necessary (10%)
f) Provide key research, analysis, and support for health policy recommendations (5%)
g) Provide bibliographic support for manuscript and grant writing (5%)

Bachelor’s degree with a major in public health, public policy, public administration, business administration, psychology, economics, or a related field; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Preferred Qualifications: 1 year of professional qualitative research and analytical experience; content expertise in health policy and nutrition; excellent oral and written communication skills

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)