[visionlist] Research Assistant Position - UCSB

Liz Chrastil chrastil at ucsb.edu
Mon May 15 11:51:46 -05 2017

Research Assistant Position - UCSB

A Research Assistant/Lab Manager position is available in Dr. Elizabeth
Chrastil's lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We are
seeking someone who will enable research as part of a team and, depending
on experience level, may also conduct some independent research projects.
The Spatial Neuroscience Lab uses dynamic and interdisciplinary research
methods to answer questions about how the brain processes information to
keep us oriented as we navigate through a complicated world.  Our primary
techniques are fully immersive virtual reality (VR) and neuroscience brain
imaging using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and
Electroencephalography (EEG).  The position is ideal for recent graduates
interested in pursuing graduate work in cognitive neuroscience, medicine,
geography, psychology, or bioengineering as a way to gain experience and
make scientific and scholarly contributions to neuroscience.

Duties:  Primary research responsibilities include recruiting participants
for experiments, preparing stimulus presentation scripts, data collection
for neuroimaging and immersive virtual reality experiments, computer
programming and configuring testing computers for behavioral testing,
writing and editing code to process, analyze and visualize experimental
data, and assisting the research team in processing and analyzing data from
these experiments. Laboratory management responsibilities include training
and supervising undergraduate research assistants, tracking study progress,
and some administrative duties (e.g. IRB protocol management and overseeing
lab operations).


·       Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, psychology, geography,
biomedical sciences, or a related field and previous research experience.

·       The ability to work independently, efficiently, and comfortably in
a multidisciplinary team environment; exceptional organizational and
problem solving skills; attention to detail; excellent written and verbal
communication; a strong work ethic.


·       Experience with any of the following is highly desirable:
programming (particularly Matlab and python), neuroimaging analysis
software (e.g. SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), statistical analysis software (e.g.
R, SPSS), experimental software (e.g. EPrime, Unity).

Initial appointment is for one year, continuation beyond one year will be
based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on
UCSB’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Chrastil (chrastil at ucsb.edu).  She
will be attending the Vision Sciences Society conference this year, and can
set up a time to meet with interested candidates at VSS.

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Program in Dynamical Neuroscience
University of California Santa Barbara
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