The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Researcher. The
Professional Researcher develops and oversees their own independent, creative, and high-quality research program. He/she takes major responsibility and
leadership for his/her programs. Generally, the candidate would be expected to secure funding as a Principal Investigator but may be funded as a co-PI within a large center or collaborative program grant on which many independent investigators are working, as long as it is clear that the activities led by the
professional researcher within the larger project constitute his/her own independent research program. Appointees do not have teaching responsibilities.
The mission of the Department of Public Health Sciences is to improve the health of people through population-based approaches by developing and
evaluating educational programs, conducting epidemiologic research, engaging in public service, and developing policy and other translational outcomes. The Department covers a broad area of public health domains with a focus on health promotion and disease and injury prevention, occupational and environmental health, cancer, health care policy, aging, ethical issues, reproductive, women’s, children’s, rural, minority, immigrant and global health.
I. RESEARCH (90%)
Research activity (55%)
This candidate is required to develop an independent research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of neurodevelopmental epidemiology with an emphasis on metabolomics. The candidate will design or assist in the design of specific projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases, the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, troubleshooting problems, interpreting results, and planning follow-up research and/or analyses in his or her area of expertise.
The candidate will conceptualize and design new research projects and will be expected to conduct statistical analyses, interpret results, and complete &
submit several publications stemming from new and existing studies. Example studies will include but are not limited to conducting advanced statistical
analyses to understand disturbances in metabolism, longitudinal metabolic trajectories, factors such as environmental chemicals or air pollutants that may be influencing or perturbing metabolism, and/or associations with diagnostic outcomes (for example, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, and Down syndrome) and continuously scaled outcomes. Studies may also address maternal environmental exposures, altered metabolic pathways, various
neurodevelopmental outcomes, other comorbidities, and social determinants of physical or mental health. Other topic areas may include interactions across
exposures or with genetics, epigenetics, or microbiome. In addition, the candidate will partake in collaborative projects, and in disseminating relevant research findings in writing, and/or other appropriate means to community members, other stakeholders, and/or scientists.
The candidate will publish research in peer-reviewed journals either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the research team. For first-authored publications, this will include responsibility for communications with the journal.
Grant Writing and Reporting (10%)
The candidate will conceptualize and develop novel research ideas, design the specific studies, and may prepare grant proposals as PI, or as Co-Investigator in larger proposals with the PI of the research team, in which the candidate will independently write and be responsible for a major component or project within the proposed team science. These grants would typically be submitted to funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, state agencies, and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare budgets and other grant components as needed. For grants in which the candidate serves as PI, they will prepare required reports to the agencies that fund the research, and assist for reports in the larger team science awards in which they are a co-investigator.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5 %)
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and give research presentations at national and international scientific meetings. When appropriate, they may be requested to coordinate seminars and laboratory meetings. The candidate will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications as appropriate. The candidate is encouraged to participate in other professional development activities, such as courses in grant-writing, data analysis, study management, etc.
III.UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5 %)
Although not required for the Assistant rank, the candidate is encouraged to engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee
service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position. The candidate will engage in public outreach activities that may include presenting scientific research results to the general public, providing relevant advice to individuals, or consultations with public agencies.
Application Procedure and Deadline:
Applications will be accepted while the position or positions are unfilled, through June 30, 2022. However, for full consideration, please go to
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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
• A Ph.D. in epidemiology, nutrition, or similar related field
• 3-5 years of postdoctoral or equivalent experience
• Demonstrated successful and independent record in research creativity in epidemiological research relevant to metabolomics/nutrition and
• Record of productivity with publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Research
• Statement of Teaching (Optional)
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be
used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one
• 4-6 letters of reference required
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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:
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About Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis
Department of Public Health Sciences
We are dedicated to improving human health using approaches based in epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, and behavioral science.