[visionlist] Research Assistant Position

Liz Chrastil chrastil at uci.edu
Fri Jul 26 14:36:18 -04 2019

Dr. Mary Hegarty, Director of the Spatial Thinking Lab and Research Center
for Virtual Environments and Behavior (RECVEB) in the Department of
Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa
Barbara, is seeking applications for an open, full-time Junior Specialist
position with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2019. This will be
a one year position with a comprehensive benefits package and with the
possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on
performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s
salary scales.

The successful candidate will engage in specialized research projects
including an NSF-funded research project studying the nature of spatial
thinking and expertise in chemistry and a project funded by the Army
Research Office addressing questions about navigation and spatial
cognition, such as what information keeps us oriented as we navigate
through a complicated world. The primary research methods include reaction
time studies and studies using fully immersive virtual reality and
behavioral testing, as well as some fMRI data collection.

The position is ideal for recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate
work in cognitive science, medicine, psychology, or bioengineering as a way
to gain experience and make scientific and scholarly contributions to
psychology. This successful candidate will enable research as part of a
team and, depending on experience level, may also conduct some independent
research projects.

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:
assisting the PI with 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 psychology, cognitive science, biomedical sciences, or
a related field at the time of application.

Six months to one year of experience working in a lab environment as part
of a research team in a multidisciplinary environment. In addition,
exceptional organizational and problem solving skills, attention to detail,
and excellent written and verbal communication, as well as a strong work
ethic as evidenced by strong evaluations from references and outstanding
grades in relevant courses.

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, PaychoPy).

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

   1. Cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests and
   career goals
   2. A current curriculum vitae
   3. Undergraduate Transcripts
   4. Contact information for 3 references

Applications received by August 26, 2019 will be given priority
consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply
please visit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01543

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Mary Hegarty at
mary.hegarty at psych.ucsb.edu

For information on the RECVEB, go to www.recveb.ucsb.edu.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research,
teaching and service.

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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