The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Solomon Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies investigating the behavioral and developmental characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults. This position will be integral for the daily operation of a clinical cognitive neuroscience laboratory. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. This candidate will work closely with Erika Bickel, B.A./B.S. (Senior Clinical Research Coordinator), Brianna Heath, PhD (Project Manager), Marie Krug, PhD (Assistant Project Scientist), and Marjorie Solomon, PhD (Principal Investigator).
General responsibilities include:
RESEARCH ACTIVITY (70%)
Subject recruitment, pre-screening and scheduling
Conducting research visits for ongoing studies in the Solomon Lab: Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA), Autism Phenome Project (APP), and/or Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research (STAAR), which includes consenting and assenting participants as well as collection of behavioral, questionnaire, and MRI data from typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Scoring of questionnaires and assessments, data entry and database maintenance
Preparing and maintaining study-related documentation, including documentation for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
After training, the candidate will be expected to assist in all daily operations of laboratory research, and participate in several research projects simultaneously
Research participation will result in opportunities to present at scientific conferences and potential co-authorship on peer-reviewed articles if criteria for authorship are met
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY (20%)
Attendance and active participation in weekly lab meetings and research-related discussions by providing feedback on implementation of study visits, which will aid in study design and improvements to the experimental protocol, presenting data, and engaging in interpretation of study findings
Assisting with preparation and analysis of data for presentations, conference abstracts, posters, publications, and grants
Literature reviews of journal articles on topics including but not limited to cognitive control, decision-making, and emotion processing in autism, to assist with data presentations, conference abstracts, posters, publications, and grants
SERVICE ACTIVITY (10%)
Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for children with autism that participate in research studies at the MIND Institute
Engage in recruitment and outreach activities in the community
Provide interpretation of study measures to participants and their families, including summarizing behavioral assessment results and preparing results letters
Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, human development, neurobiology, physiology, and behavior (NPB), biological sciences, or a related field
Experience in a clinical, psychology, or cognitive neuroscience research laboratory
Experience with data analysis in psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience
Experience working with children or adolescents, and/or experience working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders or other clinical populations
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to convey information and work effectively with lab members and clinicians involved in the research projects
Excellent social skills to facilitate communication with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families
Detail oriented with exceptional organizational skills to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and follow established organizational structures
Tracking and record-keeping skills
Writing skills including accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation sufficient to create and edit documents
Experience with SPSS, R, SAS, or neuroimaging software
Programming experience (Matlab, C, python)
Experience working on clinical trials or treatment studies
GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, applications must be received by March 6, 2021. The posting will remain open until 4/30/21 or until filled.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Position is 100% (full time), with flexible work hours sometimes requiring evening or weekend availability.
SALARY RANGE: Step 1 - $42,300 per year or $20.26 per hour* Step 2 - $45,100 per year or $21.60 per hour*
*Yearly/hourly pay scales based on percentage of qualifying appointment. Step offered commensurate with the proposed candidate's qualifications and prior experience in title code.
TO APPLY: For full consideration, applications must be received by March 6, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through April 30, 2021 or until filled.
To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03988. Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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