The Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory (PI: Dr. Cameron Carter), is recruiting for three to four Junior Specialist (research assistant) positions at the UC Davis Medical Center, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018 or earlier. Our research focuses primarily on studying the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness with additional interests in neuroimmune models of psychosis and mental health services research. Our three positions are described in brief below and applicants are encouraged to apply to one or more of the positions depending on interest level and qualifications. You can only be considered for the positions for which you apply, so please read the detailed descriptions available via each link. Positions have a one year appointment with an additional year based on performance, and we strongly consider applicants who are able to consider a two year commitment. Deadline for application review is March 30, 2018.
Applications can only be accepted via the UC Davis Recruit website. For any additional questions about the positions, please contact Erika Steinbauer (email@example.com).
Early Psychosis Study Coordinator: (https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02065)
This position is to serve as the study coordinator for the Understanding Early Psychosis project at UC Davis Medical Center, which involves training in clinical assessment, study management, and behavioral testing. The goal of the study is to use cognitive neuroscience tools, such as fMRI and EEG, to better understand cognitive deficits in individuals with psychotic disorders. Additionally, the laboratory is engaged in several new projects that focus on using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the incumbent would have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the design and implementation of these studies at this early stage, gain exposure to development of ideas for grant proposals, and collect ongoing data for the projects over the next two years. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts.
Early Psychosis Technical Specialist: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02066
This position is to serve as a technically-oriented junior specialist for the Understanding Early Psychosis study at the UC Davis Medical Center. The incumbent will become proficient in operating all MRI and EEG hardware at the Imaging Research Center and will be responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing neuroimaging data (including diffusion MRI, fMRI, EEG/ERP, and PET). Additionally, the laboratory is starting several new pilot projects focused on using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the incumbent would have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the design and implementation of these studies at this early stage, gain exposure to development of ideas for grant proposals, and collect ongoing data for the projects over the next two years. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation.
This position is to serve as a junior specialist for the Duration of Untreated Psychosis study at the UC Davis Medical Center. This study tests the effectiveness of using electronic screening and telemedicine approaches to rapidly identify and treat individuals who present with psychosis to a variety of community sites (e.g., schools, emergency rooms, behavioral health clinics). The incumbent will be trained in diagnostic interviews, learn consenting procedures, manage IRB protocols, and work with community partners. The current study will be entering a new piloting phase starting Summer 2018, which will allow the incumbent to meaningfully contribute to Phase 2 study design and revisions. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab, the incumbent may have the opportunity assist in study design and analysis as well as writing and review of relevant manuscripts.