Junior Specialist (RA) Position- UC DAVIS (Technical)

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Junior Specialist (RA) Position- UC DAVIS (Technical)

Please apply on the company website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03559

Open date: May 22nd, 2020

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 7, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021 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.

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists (JPF03559) to serve as technically-oriented junior specialists for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at the UC Davis Medical Center.


Research (90%)
This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. The goal of the study is to use tools from cognitive neuroscience to explore how disruptions in a person’s ability to distinguish external versus self-initiated actions may influence visual perception and contribute to positive symptoms of psychosis (e.g., hallucinations and delusions). The incumbent will benefit from the opportunity to take part in research that spans two laboratories with expertise in sensorimotor integration and psychosis. Office space and the majority of daily research activities will take place at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center in Sacramento with weekly visits to the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory in Davis.

The incumbent will be fundamentally involved in the planning and execution of this research project. The incumbant will work collaboratively with the PI to to implement technical aspects of the research project, which includes using knowledge of programming and neuroimaging to help test and implement measures for use in the study (e.g., MATLAB, Python, FSL and SPM). Studies of this magnitude often require thinking creatively to design a protocol that can accommodate the study population, in this case individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The incumbent will be expected to be an active member of the research team in creatively adapting the protocol, which may include developing new experiments or modifying existing experiments and documenting changes as appropriate. Furthermore, the incumbent will have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation. The incumbent will assist the PI in many aspects of the research study and work independently under supervision of the PI to insure adherence to study protocols, which includes executing and training others in the execution of fMRI tasks, as well as thinking creatively to develop tools that can be used to analyze and present the data. The incumbent will also assist in data management, as it pertains directly to the execution of the research project. The incumbent will contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts and will be acknowledged with authorship or in the acknowledgement section, as appropriate based upon the work completed. The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with PI and others in the lab.

Professional Competence (5%)
This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available). Authorship order will be determined based on the effort contributed to the presentation. The incumbent is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals. The incumbent will also participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

Service (5%)
The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

• Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related field
• Experience collecting and organizing data
• Experience working in a team-oriented research environment
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously

• Previous programming experience and/or coursework (e.g., shell scripting, Matlab, python, E-prime)
• Previous experience with Linux/Unix-based computers
• Previous experience and/or coursework in neuroimaging data collection and analysis (e.g. scanning, SPM, FSL, AFNI)

• Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $42,300 [100% annual] or Step II - $45,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until April 30, 2021 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03559. Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented 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.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/). If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable

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
3 required (contact information only)