Dr. Johnna Swartz at the Brain Development, Psychopathology, and Mental Health Lab, Department of Human Ecology, the University of California, Davis (http://swartzlab.faculty.ucdavis.edu/) seeks to fill a full-time research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level starting in spring/summer 2017. Preferred start date is April 2017 but start date is flexible. This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal depending on grant funding.
The appointment will involve working on a study using functional MRI to examine brain markers of depression and anxiety risk in adolescents. Responsibilities of the Junior Specialist will include recruitment and scheduling of participants, running studies including behavioral and fMRI data collection, and managing and analyzing data. Responsibilities will also include coordinating undergraduate research assistants. The Junior Specialist will also be expected to be actively involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing the literature in the area of study, engaging in discussions with the research team, analyzing and interpreting research results, and helping write research reports and articles. The Junior Specialist may also prepare research presentations (e.g., poster presentations) and participate in professional societies or groups appropriate to their expertise. The Junior Specialist will be highly organized and detail-oriented and will also have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The position is ideally suited for a person who is interested in gaining research experience before applying to grad school.
Duties and responsibilities may include:
Preparation and management of online survey platforms (Qualtrics)
Running behavioral and fMRI data collection
Managing data collection, coding data, assisting with data analysis using Excel, SPSS, Matlab, and SPM
Helping to prepare research presentations and writing research articles
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Human Development or a related field.
Experience or strong interest in functional MRI research.
Ability to work evenings and weekend hours when required for data collection.
Ideal candidate will also demonstrate experience or willingness to learn basic Matlab programming and analysis of fMRI data with SPM.
To apply, please go to https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01335 and submit the required materials. The next review date for this position is December 2nd.