An Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist position is available in the UC Davis laboratory of Professor Brenna Henn, http://hennlab.ucdavis.edu/
NATURE AND PURPOSE
The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
The rank and step of this appointment will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.
RESEARCH IN SPECIALIZED AREAS (90% EFFORT)
The Henn Lab studies population genetic diversity and human evolution using genomic data collected in communities throughout Africa. In direct collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s), this position will support research activities associated with the Northern Cape Tuberculosis Cohort project, which is jointly administered by UC Davis and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Serving as Project Coordinator, specific duties include the coordination of sampling and analyzing biomedical and demographic variables for the Cohort; maintaining a RedCap database of DNA samples, demographic information and phenotypic information; assisting with community feedback via posters, presentations and illustrations; and assisting with student lab projects related to demographic and genetic analysis, for example, extracting demographic data from interviews and verifying pedigree relationships.
This position requires active involvement in acquisition of research funding and a strong commitment to collaborative research. The hired candidate will coordinate and contribute to grant and IRB applications for African genetic research and will also assist in the preparation of manuscripts for publications, in collaboration with her/his direct supervisor.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hired candidate will be expected to work from home and attend regular Zoom meetings. Subsequent to the change in national and international travel restrictions, field work in rural South Africa will be part of the normal job duties (estimated three months annually). Travel will include working in health clinics with strict PPE protocols. Hired candidate Individual must be able to drive manual shift vehicles (4x4) in off-road conditions and lift light boxes (<20lbs).
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
Depending on interest and availability of funds, the Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist will have opportunities to present research findings to a larger audience at meetings on the UC Davis campus. The candidate will also assist the investigator in presenting progress reports and final summaries to granting agencies, participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations, and review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist will participate in training activities, such as mentoring undergraduate students. They will actively contribute to lab activities via meetings and unit/campus presentations. May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to area of expertise. Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.
MA/MS in anthropology or related field
Proficient with RedCap databases including data entry and database creation
Proficient in R programming language
Minimum 2 years experience performing and coordinating cohort collections (DNA, demographic or epidemiological surveys)
Experience with community engagement and science communication
Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
Expertise in writing human subjects (IRB) applications
Prior experience working in Africa (especially conversational Afrikaans)
Qualified to create and critique demographic surveys
Prior experience working in an academic environment / small lab group
Prior experience writing grant applications
Evidence of prior experience writing / publishing scientific manuscripts
To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 3 references via this URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03731
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