Junior Specialist in Science and Technology Studies

University of California Davis

Junior Specialist - STS

Job #JPF05365

Application Window

Open date: December 14, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023 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

Professor Emily Merchant with the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a part-time research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level beginning January 1, 2023. This is a 15% position (6 hours per week on average, but scheduling can be flexible) and is for six months (but does not require a six-month commitment on the part of applicants). The successful candidate will manage an oral history research project on the history of behavior genetics and sociogenomics, and will participate in the research. The position will involve communicating with research subjects (but not conducting interviews), scheduling interviews and preparing technology for interviews, transcribing interviews (using AI tools), editing interview transcripts and audio recordings, and securing necessary permissions for their use in research.

The position will include the following academic duties:

Research (70%):
The junior specialist will spend the majority of their time on research activities:
• Preparing profiles of research subjects, including their biographical details and career histories. This research will contribute to the publication of interview transcripts and books and articles based on interview transcripts.
• Transcribing interviews using AI tools and editing/auditing interview transcripts. These transcripts will be published and will be used as the basis for further publications (books and articles).
• Mapping connections between interviews.
• Following up on information gathered from interviews.

University and public service (5%):
The junior specialist will mentor and train one or more undergraduate research assistants working on this project (university service) and will contribute to the production of a podcast making the oral history research described above accessible to the public:
• Teach undergraduates how to find relevant information about research subjects.
• Mentor undergraduates in the interview auditing process.
• Editing audio recordings for use in a podcast that will bring the oral history research to public audiences.

Project management (25%):
The junior specialist will spend the remainder of their time on project management:
• Overseeing the project’s work flow.
• Scheduling interviews with research subjects and securing the necessary permissions.
• Preparing audio/video recording technology for use in interviews.
• Following up with research subjects after the interviews to secure their approval of the transcripts.
• Maintaining a database to track the project’s progress.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree, familiarity with oral history, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.

Preferred qualifications

Experience editing oral history transcripts and some familiarity with social science genomics.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • 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 is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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