UCSF Specialist Series: Qualifications Requirements and Service Examples

Specialist Series - Degree and Qualifications Requirements by Rank
APM 330-11

Junior Specialist

  • Appointees to the Junior rank should possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience, e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, software programs, social science research methods, humanities scholarship, or creative activities.

Assistant Specialist

  • Appointees to the Assistant rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.

Associate Specialist

  • Appointees to the Associate rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. Associate Specialists are normally expected to have a record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service.

Full Specialist

  • Appointees to the Full Specialist rank should possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. Specialists at full rank are normally expected to have a significant record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published or in-press research in the field, professional recognition in the field, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service.

Examples of University and Public Service Expectations: Specialist Series

PLEASE NOTE:  This is not an exhaustive list.  The purpose of this appendix is to provide a potential list of service examples that might be relevant to Specialists, pending adoption by the Schools.

For Specialists paid 100% from grants, University service should be consistent with their research endeavors.

Department/School/Campus/Hospital

  • Representative, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Academic Diversity
  • Peer reviewer for grants written by fellow lab members
  • Member, Office of Environmental Health & Safety User Advisory Committee
  • Leader, Waste Disposal Guidelines Poster Development Committee
  • Emergency floor warden
  • Member, Planning Committee for the Remodeling of the laboratory hoods in Genentech Hall  to improve energy efficiency
  • Member, Search Committee for the Department of (---)
  • Member, Lab Safety Manual Development Committee
  • Member, Taskforce to (i.e., improve processes and efficiencies in the  lab)
  • Member,  Ad hoc committee for (---)
  • Chair,  Organic Mass Spectrometry Committee
  • Member of a group of lab managers who helped test new purchasing systems and provide feedback to the Administration on lab-related issues
  • Volunteer Trainer / Lab Mentor, provides informal training and guidance to researchers and staff in the lab
  • Volunteer teacher, tutor, providing l teaching to students in the community (e.g. science programs K-12)

Professional

  • Executive Secretary, Society of (---)
  • Participant, American Heart Association Panel on Role of Cost-Effectiveness in Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Participant, National Cancer Institute Panel on Health Care Cost
  • Secretary,  Material Research Society
  • Representative, American Society for Human Genetics

UC/System-wide

  • Member, System-wide Committee on the Status of Women

Community

  • Volunteer, Educational Program on Mobile Microscopy, California Academy of Sciences
  • Volunteer, Berkeley Women’s Health Collective
  • Volunteer, La Clinica de la Raza Latino Health Fair, Oakland
  • Board of Directors, Early Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee
  • Board Member, Asthma Task Force, City & County of San Francisco
  • Volunteer, San Francisco Food Bank
  • Volunteer, SFGH Emergency Department