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. The role of this position is to provide specialized expertise in human physiology for the USDA, ARS, WHNRC (Western Human Nutrition Research Center) located on the UC Davis campus. The Junior Specialist is actively and significantly engaged in research involving measurements of body composition, metabolic rate, muscle strength and physical activity on human research volunteers. The Jr. Specialist is responsible for developing and carrying out standard operating procedures, collecting and processing research data, conducting and analyzing quality assurance and quality control procedures, and maintaining equipment and inventory. The Junior Specialist will have the opportunity to have creative input into the design of and selection of tests to meet the study objectives. 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.
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 Scientists, 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 is actively and significantly engaged in research involving measurements of anthropometrics, body composition, metabolic rate, heart rate, aerobic fitness, physical activity, endothelial and pulmonary function on human research volunteers. The physiologist is responsible for developing and carrying out standard operating procedures, collecting and processing research data, conducting and analyzing quality assurance and quality control procedures, and maintaining equipment and inventory. The measurements will be made using a variety of techniques and instruments, including treadmills and cycle ergometers. Energy expenditure (metabolic rate) will be measured using respiratory gas exchange (calorimetry) and physical activity with tri-axial accelerometers. 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. The Junior Specialist will complete raw data analysis, data summary, interpretation, and report preparation. D. The Junior Specialist will interact extensively with human volunteers in various phases of research, will be involved in coaching physical activity, and will maintain confidentiality.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%) A. Participate in appropriate professional societies or groups in the field of nutrition, sports medicine or physiology. B. Organize the contributions to journal manuscripts and publications prior to submission. Offer technical and creative contributions to the manuscript preparation. C. 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. 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 Human Physiology Lab. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Kinesiology, Human Physiology, or a related field.
Completion of training and current certification in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for biomedical researchers.
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 principles for coaching physical activity in adults
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (OPTIONAL):
Clinical research experience, including working with human study participants.
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