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Junior Specialist NEX - Health Sciences Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Salary range: See Table 24B-N for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $23.47 per hour.
Percent time: 50
Anticipated start: January, 2023
Position duration: This is a one-year part-time appointment, with the possibility of extension for additional months based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: December 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 Health Sciences Research Institute is looking to hire a junior specialist to help with clinical research examining how individuals and their support providers manage chronic diseases such as type 1 diabetes.

This role will require work to be done under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Wiebe at the University of California, Merced. In this role, a junior specialist will be assisting with an NIH-funded multi-site randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the FAMS-T1D intervention (Family/Friend Activation to Motivate Self-Care in Type 1 Diabetes) among diverse emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. The junior specialist will be assisting in management of daily activities in the lab, coordinating and overseeing participant recruitment, tracking participants across time, data collection and management, supervising research assistants, serving as a liaison between staff across four participating sites, and providing general support to Dr. Wiebe where necessary. The specialist will also assist with manuscript preparation. The junior specialist will attend regular meetings with Dr. Wiebe and the research team.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

Required Qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree.
• Strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Experience in statistical analyses .
• Experience in scheduling and organizing meetings.
• Ability to work independently/remotely as well as with other team members.
• Experience running labs or acting as a lab manager for associated research.

Preferred qualifications

Professional expertise or experiential knowledge (self, partner, parent/caregiving, or child) of type 1 diabetes.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Please submit a cover letter describing relevant research experience,

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please list three names of potential references and contact information.

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Campus Information

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 over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA