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Junior or Assistant Specialist

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-65,900. See Specialist Series

Application Window

Open date: February 16, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 2, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jan 31, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Position: Junior or Assistant Specialist

The Department of Radiology at the University of California, Irvine is accepting applications for Junior or Assistant Specialists. These are one year appointments, non-senate, and is renewable based on performance and availability of funding.

The position involves assisting faculty with research investigation in the health services research. Areas of research include costs of care discussion with patients, improving patients’ care adherence, shared decision making, patient preferences, and health disparities predominantly in patients with cancer, but also other health conditions.

Incumbent is expected to make scientific and scholarly contributions to the research enterprise. Incumbent will assume responsibilities including: 1) providing support for recruitment and participant engagement; 2) maintaining study database (RedCAP); creating data reports; 3) conducting literature reviews; 4) assisting with protocol development and IRB submission; 5) assisting with presentations, reports, and manuscript writing; 6) assisting with training and supervising student research assistants; and assisting with other tasks as needed. There is close collaboration with other departments and institutions.

The Sadigh Lab is renowned for expertise in health services research. The overarching mission of the Sadigh Laboratory is to improve evidence-based health care delivery. The group has a proven track-record of obtaining competitive R01 funding.

Potential projects in the Sadigh Lab include:
• Prospective clinical trials to assess impact of behavioral or social interventions on patient- reported outcomes. There will be potential to work on two R01 project (1) testing the effectiveness of a mobile health intervention on improving adherence to oral chemotherapy in patients with metastatic breast cancer; (2) testing the effectiveness of out of pocket cost communication and financial navigation on improving patients care adherence. There will be involvement with additional clinical trials focused on improving adherence to lung cancer screening.
• Secondary data analysis of big national databases to assess health disparity and impact on healthcare use.

Minimum Qualifications:
Junior Specialist requirement: Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience.
Assistant Specialist requirements: MS Degree or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with medical research and scientific writing. Experience in health services research is desirable.

Collaborative: performs as a team member with good interpersonal skills Strong analytical and organizational skills; detail-oriented
Ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary team Contribute to manuscript preparation, IRB submission and grant writing.

Priority will be given to candidates with excellent written/spoken English and Spanish or Vietnamese, given potential for recruit of Spanish-speaking and Vietnamese speaking research participants.

Substantive inquiries about the positions should be directed to:
Gelareh Sadigh, MD
Associate Professor-in-Residence
Director of Radiology Health Services and Comparative Outcome Research Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiological Sciences University of California Irvine

Application Procedure –
To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s recruitment site located at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Junior Specialist requirement: Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience.

Assistant Specialist requirements: MS Degree or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of research experience.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC anti-discrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA