[visionlist] Research Assistant Position - UC Irvine

Liz Chrastil chrastil at ucsb.edu
Thu Jun 27 16:53:39 -04 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil, PI of the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory in the
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of California,
Irvine, is seeking a Junior or Assistant Specialist/Research Assistant.
This person 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 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,
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. Lab Manager responsibilities include training and
supervising undergraduate research assistants, tracking study progress, and
some administrative duties (e.g. IRB protocol management and overseeing lab


·       Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science,
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 (beginning approximately September 1,
2019) at 100% time, with a comprehensive benefits package. Continuation
beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding.
The salary is based on UCI’s salary scales and dependent upon

Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing your qualifications,
research interests and career goals, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3)
contact information (including names, email addresses, and telephone
numbers) for 3 references who can provide letters upon request.

Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF05440

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil at
chrastil at uci.edu. For information on the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory,
go to  https://chrastil.geog.ucsb.edu

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The University of
California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law.
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