Junior Specialist for the Autism Phenome Project at the UC Davis MIND Institute
University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist for the Autism Phenome Project at the UC Davis MIND Institute





Open date: October 24th, 2018
Last review date: February 8th, 2019

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Autism Phenome Project 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 studies seek to characterize clinically significant subtypes of autism to develop targets for treatments, interventions, and services to improve quality of life for children with 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 APP collaborative study teams, including Dr. David G. Amaral (PI), Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl (Co-I), and Dr. Brianna Heath (Project Manager). Position is full time, with flexible work hours and requiring evening or weekend availability.


General responsibilities include:

• Assist in collection of study data including recruitment and scheduling of research participants, and MRI scan preparation and acquisition
• Assist in data processing including scoring of behavioral assessments, MR imaging pre-processing, maintaining subject electronic medical record, tracking subject behavioral and medical data, and training of undergraduate volunteers in proper data entry protocols
• 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


• 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


• 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 kids with autism that 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 school-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


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
• Strong demonstrated use of Microsoft Office Suite (experience with MS Access preferred)


Step 1 - $39,500 annual, or Step II - $42,100 annual, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.


For full consideration, applications must be received by November 7, 2018; however, the position will remain open through June 30, 2019, or until filled. To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02505


Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.


Please direct questions to Dr. Brianna Heath, bheath@ucdavis.edu.


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.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.


UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.



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Document requirements
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  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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