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Assistant Specialist - Health Sciences Research Institute

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Specialist
Salary range: See 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $56,600 -$63,000.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: January, 2023
Position duration: This is a one-year full-time appointment, with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: December 16, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Mar 9, 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: Monday, Jul 31, 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 at the University of California, Merced is looking to hire an Assistant Specialist Step 1 or 2 to help with a 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 Assistant Specialist appointment will require work under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Wiebe at the University of California, Merced. This person will be the primary interventionist, delivering FAMS-T1D coaching via phone to emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. Other responsibilities include coordination with other study staff, assisting with participant recruitment and retention, collection of study data, efforts to ensure data quality, ensuring adherence to study protocols. There are potential opportunities to participate in the development of academic products (abstracts, manuscripts).

This is a full-time position, with most hours during workdays; potential for evening or weekend days. A hybrid or fully remote work plan is possible, including residing in another state.

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

Master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work or related field.

Preferred qualifications

Professional expertise or experiential knowledge (self, partner, parent/caregiving, or child) of type 1 diabetes and/or bilingual (English-Spanish).

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