Junior Specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorder Solomon Lab University of California at Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Junior Specialist - Autism Spectrum Disorder Solomon Lab

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Job #JPF01661




Open date: June 23rd, 2017

Last review date: July 7th, 2017

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: June 30th, 2018

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 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.




This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies investigating the behavioral and developmental characteristics of autism spectrum disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. This position will be integral for the daily operation of a clinical cognitive neuroscience laboratory.


General responsibilities include:




• Subject recruitment and scheduling
• Conducting research visits for several projects, including Cognitive Control in Autism (CoCoA), Autism Phenome Project (APP), and The Higher Cognition, Emotional Development, and Language Processing Study (HELP)
• 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 documentation for review by the Institutional Review Board Review (IRB).
• Incumbent will conduct visits involving collection of behavioral, questionnaire, and MRI data. 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



• Attendance and active participation in weekly lab meetings and research-related discussions by providing feedback on implementation of research visits, which will aid in study design and improvements to the experimental protocol, o presenting data, 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



• 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.


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 Marie Krug, PhD (Assistant Project Scientist) and Marjorie Solomon, PhD (PI).



• Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, human development, neurobiology, physiology, and behavior (NPB), biological sciences, or a related field by hire date
• GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher
• Experience in a clinical, psychology, or neuroscience research laboratory
• Experience working with children, experience working with children/adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or a strong desire to work with and learn more about individuals with autism spectrum disorder
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills to convey information and work effectively with lab members
• 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 and meet deadlines
• Tracking and record-keeping skills
• Writing skills including accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation sufficient to create and edit documents



• Experience with data analysis in psychology and/or neuroscience
• Experience with SPSS, R, SAS, or neuroimaging software
• Programming experience (Matlab, C, python)



This position is open effective June 16, 2017 with an initial review date of June 30, 2017. The posting will remain open until June 30, 2018 or until filled.



Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%



For full consideration, applications must be received by June 30th, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled through June 30, 2018 or until filled. To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01661


Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for at least 3-5 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.


Please direct questions to Marie Krug, PhD.; mkkrug@ucdavis.edu.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


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 UCSC 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.


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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.



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