[visionlist] Research Assistant Position - UC Irvine

Liz Chrastil chrastil at uci.edu
Tue Oct 4 11:43:34 -04 2022

Dr. Liz 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 (VR) and human 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 experimental presentation scripts in Unity, data
collection for immersive virtual reality and neuroimaging experiments,
computer programming and configuring testing computers for behavioral
testing, writing and editing code to process, analyzing 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 operations).

• 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 or ability to learn virtual reality programming in Unity.
• Experience with any of the following is highly desirable: programming
(particularly Unity or 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 November 1,
2022) 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/JPF07914

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Liz Chrastil at
chrastil at uci.edu. For information on the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory,
go to https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/spatialneuro/

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
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