The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation seeks a 100% time Junior Specialist to provide research support and project development. The Junior Specialist will work closely with Human Development Graduate Group (HDGG) faculty members Dr. Erik Henricson, Dr. Lisa Miller and Dr. Craig McDonald. The incumbent will support existing and new projects to develop and evaluate tools to measure mobility in the community for use in clinical practice and clinical trials in both typically-developing populations and those with disability due to disease and typical aging.
Specific duties: Research Activities The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in all research activities. These activities will include but are not limited to assisting faculty with:
Conceptualization and design/modification of studies, including participation in writing of technical research protocols (including IRB materials) and laboratory procedures;
Development and implementation of data collection/management tools and generation of data sets for analysis;
Training and management of lab members and student interns;
Recruitment and retention of study participants;
Collection of study data via both laboratory- and field-based assessments;
Contribution to grant proposals, grant performance reports and scholarly manuscripts through review and summarization of background literature, description of study methods, and description of study progress and results;
Development of presentation of study results for scientific community and general public dissemination through platform / poster presentations. The incumbent will be encouraged to present independently at local UC Davis venues such as the HDGG graduate group developmental brown bag seminar, and may have opportunities to present at regional/national meetings.
(Optional, under guidance of a faculty member) development of individual original research projects using existing data sources. This can include development of the question, design and conduct of data analysis, and oral/written presentation of results. Professional Competence The incumbent will be expected to participate in scientific or scholarly conferences of professional societies/groups under guidance of their faculty member(s). University and Public Service The incumbent will have opportunities to participate in public outreach and service activities through the UC Davis Neuromuscular Research Center. Required / Desired Qualifications: Candidates should possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience, with knowledge of cognitive assessment and physical rehabilitation techniques to foster, maintain or improve functional independence in aging populations and individuals with mobility limitations (such as patients with neuromuscular disease). Experience with individuals with mild to moderate cognitive impairment and/or developmental disability is desirable. Knowledge of contemporary theories of human development and associated research methods is desirable.
Significance of the project(s): The overall goal of our projects is to develop new and innovative methodologies based on low-cost technologies and person-reported measures to allow consumers, clinicians and researchers to better evaluate people's community mobility and the relationship of mobility to their community participation and quality of life. Findings from our projects will apply to typically developing populations, as well as those with mobility limitations and/or cognitive impairment due to injury and disease. For first full consideration, applications should be received by June 24, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2019. Candidates should submit their CV, contact information for at least 3 references, and application online at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02832. UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify. UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
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