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Junior Specialist-Health Sciences Research Institute (Multiple Hires)

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Salary range: See Table 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable salary estimate is at a range between $51,300.00 - $54,600.00 annually.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: October 2023
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: September 14, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Sep 28, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 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 multiple level positions for Junior Specialist academic appointments to help with a community-based research project examining how the integration of community health workers improves health equity in the region.

Based on the selected candidates' experience and background, various levels of work will be performed under the supervision of Dr. Manzo at the University of California, Merced. The Junior Specialist positions are full time and will be assisting with projects through the Genentech, Inc. funded grant with community partners across the San Joaquin Valley. Duties will include among the multiple levels: coordinating daily activities in the lab, overseeing participant recruitment, tracking participants across time, data collection and management, providing team support for research assistants, assist with the development of scientific publications, manuscript preparation, and research presentations, serving as a liaison between community partners across three participating sites, and providing general support to Dr. Manzo where necessary. The junior specialists will attend regular meetings with Dr. Manzo and the research team.


Basic qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two to three years of research experience in community-based research projects
• Strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Experience in statistical analyses.
• Ability to work independently/remotely and collaboratively with other team members.
• Experience running labs or acting as a team lead for associated research.
• Ability to demonstrate personal and professional commitment to diversity.
• Competence in data management

Preferred qualifications

• Demonstrate competence in community-based research methodologies
• Demonstrate competence in the development of scientific publications and research presentations
• Moderate experience with Qualtrics, Dedoose, and SPSS software

• Experience working with community partners and mentoring undergraduate students.

Application Requirements

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please list three names of potential references and contact information.

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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 (

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Job location

Merced, CA