Junior Specialist for the Brain Research in Autism Imaging Neurophenotypes (BRAIN) Study at the UC Davis MIND Institute
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Brain Research in Autism Imaging Neurophenotypes (BRAIN) Study at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions investigating the behavioral and developmental characteristics of autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents. The MIND Institute Autism Center of Excellence seeks to better identify, characterize, and treat clinically significant subtypes of autism to improve quality of life for children with autism. The ACE includes 3 research studies, which work in conjunction with several pre-existing MIND Institute studies. This position will work primarily on the BRAIN study, which aims to understand a subtype of autism characterized by large brain size; the position may also have opportunity to work with the Girls with Autism - Imaging in Neurodevelopment (GAIN) study, which studies sex-differences in autism.
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. This candidate will work closely with the BRAIN & GAIN teams, including Dr. David Amaral (PI), Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl (PI), Dr. Brianna Heath (Project Manager).
Position is full time, with flexible work hours and requiring night time availability and hours that may change on short notice; reliable transportation to all of these shifts is required.
RESEARCH ACTIVITY (80% EFFORT)
Assist in collection of study data including recruitment and scheduling of research participants and guiding participants through their study visits
Learn and administer research assessments and work with study team to evaluate resulting data
Assist in preparation and acquisition of non-sedation MRI scans with toddlers during their natural night time sleep
Contribute to data processing including scoring of behavioral assessments, MR imaging pre-processing, maintaining subject electronic medical record, and tracking subject behavioral and medical data
Contribute to research publications by designing and pursuing research questions related to behavior and neurodevelopment in autism
Analyze data using statistical methods and programs and interpret results by comparing data from subjects with autism to those without, and contributing to the study goal of identifying subtypes of autism
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT)
Collaborate with senior research personnel by assisting with data analysis and literature review
Help prepare abstracts for scientific conference submissions under the mentorship of the research team, with the opportunity to present posters at meetings if accepted
Read, discuss, and interpret relevant journal articles to the project and present in the team's journal club meetings
Attend weekly and monthly meetings with members of the research team to discuss study progress and protocol implementation
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (10% EFFORT)
Attending community events such as Autism Speaks walks, children's fairs, and lectures and talking about our research with community members at these events
Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for families of children with autism who participate in research studies at the MIND Institute
Provide interpretation of study measures to participating families including summarizing behavioral assessment results and coordinating with community physicians to provide radiological reports
Bachelor's degree* in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
Previous research experience
Experience working with preschool aged children in a professional setting, particularly experience with children with autism and/or other neurodevelopmental disorders
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage and complete multiple concurrent tasks in a timely manner
Experience in a recruitment or patient-facing role
Knowledge of and experience adhering to HIPAA and/or other patient privacy rules and regulations
Demonstrated interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with families, children, and professionals
Ability to independently and effectively identify resources to solve problems
Strong demonstrated use of Microsoft Office Suite (experience with MS Access preferred)
Degree must be awarded by hire date; new graduates may require additional paperwork verifying their degree progress if submitting an application before degree is awarded.
Experience with MRI research scanning with children, including MRI safety training
Experience or training in coordinating a research study, including recruitment of participants, scheduling, and running visits
Demonstrated ability to maintain organized databases and timely tracking of information with experience in database systems (e.g., Microsoft Access, REDCap)
Experience with AggieTravel, Connexus, or other UC administrative systems
SALARY RANGE: Step I - $3,356 monthly or Step II - $3,617 monthly (non-exempt status) commensurate with qualifications and experience.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, applications must be received by April 12, 2019; however, the position will remain open through June 30, 2019, or until filled.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.
The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
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