UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Assistant / Associate Researcher
The University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant / Associate Researcher.
This candidate will be required to develop an independent research program to investigate the mechanisms underlying associations between gender variance/identity and the development and etiologies of autism spectrum disorder. The candidate will be expected to design and conduct studies to evaluate a) gender variance in autism in the context of longitudinal change in brain anatomy and functional connectivity through the use of MRI methodologies, b) physiological indicators associated with gender variance and autism, including facial morphology, 2nd to 4th digit ratios, and tactile sensitivity measurements, and c) investigate indicators of mental health, quality of life, and quality of care challenges that confront gender variant children and adolescents and their caregivers.
It is anticipated that the development and implementation of this research project will include submitting applications for extramural funding independently and in collaboration with other faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry, the MIND Institute, and other departments and programs at UC Davis, in addition to carrying out roles in currently funded collaborative projects. Anticipated sources of funding including the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and other similar research funding initiatives.
The candidate will develop and administer longitudinal research protocols, including experimental design, MRI protocols, participant recruitment and retention, and other procedures, and in accordance with the UC Davis Institutional Review Board. The candidate will be responsible for training and managing staff, budget, and reporting requirements of the above-mentioned research program, including those for which there is current funding for those new grants secured by the candidate.
The candidate will be responsible for implementing and maintaining MRI analysis pipelines, which include multi-atlas image segmentation of subcortical (e.g. hippocampus, amygdala) and cortical brain structures, cortical reconstructions using FreeSurfer, and resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI) preprocessing, quality assurance, and analysis. rsfMRI pipelines will include computing seed-based rsfMRI, regional homogeneity, voxel-mirrored homotopic connectivity, network centrality (e.g. degree centrality), dual regression of canonical networks. The candidate will perform group analyses of rsfMRI derivatives using univariate general linear models and using multivariate distance matrix regression.
The candidate will help acquire neuroimaging data from children and adolescents with profound autism, including those occurring during natural nocturnal sleep, as part of ongoing longitudinal studies at the MIND. The candidate will be a certified MRI operator.
The candidate will take lead management of maintaining computer systems for MRI data analysis and data backup services. Further, in concert with faculty at the UC Davis Imagine Research Center, the candidate will also lead development of new MRI protocols in support of ongoing longitudinal MRI studies or newly funded projects, as required.
The candidate is expected to publish the results of this research program in appropriate peer-reviewed neuroscience-, psychiatry-, and autism-focused scientific journals.
This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant / Associate rank. The selected candidate will be hired at the Assistant / Associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.
Applications should be submitted by June 1, 2021 for initial consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled or June 30, 2021. To apply please complete an application at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04190
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