Full-time, Paid, Research Assistant, Neurology

May 28, 2021

Mon., May 24 

Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) laboratory at the University of California, Davis 

Position Description
Dr. Cameron Carter's Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) laboratory at the University of California, Davis is seeking research assistants for several newly funded and ongoing grants to study the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Using prior knowledge of mental health conditions and previous training in diagnostic assessments to recruit research participants and conducting phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants 
  • Using knowledge of mental health conditions and available treatment options to provide referrals to consumers who are not eligible for research study 
  • Coordinating advertising and recruitment of study participants using multiple methods (e.g., paper flyering, electronic postings)
  • Consenting study participants, scheduling research appointments, and monitoring progress through the study procedures 
  • Conducting clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member 
  • Conducting behavioral testing sessions and MRI scan sessions
  • Maintaining databases of all study data, including demographic, symptom, and cognitive data
  • Maintaining organized records for all participants in locked filing cabinets
  • Using a variety of in-house and commercially available software to process imaging data 
  • Managing study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws
  • Participating in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help RAs develop their career goals
  • Reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with the PI and others in the lab 
  • Participating in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups, such as our weekly career development group and other educational and research organizations
  • Reviewing research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise
  • Providing mentorship to undergraduate research assistants
  • Calculating quarterly enrollment counts for submission to funding sources 
  • Assisting with daily lab maintenance and ensuring an adequate supply of study materials (e.g., blood tubes, latex gloves, etc.) 

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, computer science or a related field 
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and execute primary support responsibilities
  • Experience with collecting and organizing data, scheduling, and/or calendaring
  • Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus 
  • Previous experience collecting and/or analyzing MRI data a plus 
  • Computer programming experience (e.g. R, python, Matlab, Unix shell) a plus  

Time Commitment
Full-time, with a one-year commitment and an additional year available based on performance and needs of the research project

 $44.5K - $47.4K