Full-time, Paid, Research Assistant, Neuroscience

May 4, 2022

Wed., March 23

UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Position Description
The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists to serve as the study coordinator for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at UC Davis Medical Center. This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. Office space and the majority of daily research activities will take place at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center in Sacramento with visits to the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory in Davis as needed.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinating many aspects of the research study
  • Using knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants
  • Consenting study participants and schedule all of their research appointments
  • Conducting clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member and conducting behavioral and MRI testing sessions
  • Managing the study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws
  • Managing data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases
  • Reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with PI and others in the lab
  • Participating in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers
  • Participating in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field
  • Experience collecting and organizing data
  • Scheduling and/or calendaring experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously
  • Experience working in a team-oriented research environment

Time Commitment
Full-time, with a one-year commitment. 


To apply, submit a cover letter detailing specific qualifications for this particular position, a CV, and the names of three references via the position's website.