Obesity and Metabolism Research Unit/Western Human Nutrition Research Center Study Coordinator
NATURE AND PURPOSE
The position of Junior Specialist has a focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise in the planning and execution of a research project. The Junior Specialist stays apprised of the research area and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization.
I. RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90%)
A. The Junior Specialist will use their academic and professional expertise to make scientific contributions to a research study and will contribute to published research. Under the general direction of the Research Scientist, the Junior Specialist will collaborate with other research personnel as part of a multidisciplinary human clinical research trial conducted at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center. The focus of the research is whether achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight should be the key health promoting recommendation of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Additionally, the research study aims to understand whether consuming a nutrient dense diet, per the DGA, enhances cardiometabolic benefits of achieving a healthy body weight. B. The Junior Specialist will be actively engaged in general study management and coordination, including writing standard operating procedures, recruitment, screening, and consenting of study participants, and coordinating study test visits as well as visits to collect study foods from the Metabolic Kitchen. The Junior Specialist will be involved in data collection from human study participants such as anthropometrics, vital signs, body composition, metabolic rate, habitual physical activity, physical fitness, endothelial and pulmonary function, cognitive testing, and comprehensive dietary assessment using food frequency questionnaires, food preference and taste threshold testing and dietary recalls. C. The Junior Specialist will follow IRB-approved protocols, and will learn to modify and update protocols. Data collection, summary and reporting will be ongoing and will utilize various computer based tools such as MS Office Suite and RedCap. Protocols for data entry, data quality assurance, and reporting will be developed and followed. D. The Junior Specialist will work with laboratory support personnel to accomplish analytical testing of biological specimens and will integrate data collected by collaborators and co-investigators into the overall data set. E. The Junior Specialist will conduct literature searches for articles relevant to the research topic, engage in discussions of data with the Principal Investigators, and contribute to manuscript preparation and presentation of research findings.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
A. Participate in appropriate professional societies or groups in the field of nutrition, such as ASN. B. Organize the contributions to journal manuscripts and publications prior to submission. Offer technical and creative contributions to the manuscript preparation.
Ill. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
A. Participate on committees within the WHNRC, as appropriate. B. Mentor undergraduates or student interns working at the WHNRC.
Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition or Dietetics, Human Physiology, or a related field.
Completion of training and current certification in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for biomedical researchers.
Appropriate safety training and skills in biological specimen handling, processing, and storage, following standard operating procedures.
Knowledge and skills working with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Knowledge of RedCap for data management, summation, and reporting.
Knowledge and skills to conduct literature searches and reviews on topics relevant to the research.
Knowledge of dietary management practices and counseling for weight loss
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (OPTIONAL):
Clinical research experience, including working with human study participants.
Experience conducting the informed consent process with human volunteers in research projects.
Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor's degrees and three years' relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)
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