Junior Specialist in Child Studies
University of California Santa Barbara Department of Psychiatry
United States

Junior Specialist-Child Studies Lab, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Job #JPF02464
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 24B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $50,300 to 53,600 annually. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 15, 2023
Position duration: This will be a will be a full time one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: March 17, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Apr 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The Child Studies Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Zoe Liberman, is seeking applications for an open, full-time position for a Junior Specialist.

Participate fully in developmental research regarding testing infants, toddlers, and children in behavioral experiments. Responsibilities will include: assisting with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs, assisting with study design, stimulus construction, audio and video editing, data management, statistical analysis, assisting the PI and research team with presentations at lab meetings and at developmental psychology conferences, and authorship on academic research articles.

Additional duties will include: contributing to administrative tasks of the lab, such as managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering, and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects and are executed properly.
Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, have strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Bachelors degree in Psychology or a related field at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• At least 6 months of experience working in a research setting
• At least 6 months of experience working with children

Preferred qualifications

Previous work with young children, aged 6 months to 5 years old, in a research setting is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable working with MS Office and Google Drive, and should have basic familiarity with statistical software, such as R Studio or SPSS. Strong references and Cover letter.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Applicants that are strongly considered will have their references contacted prior to selection for interview

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02464

Help contact: pamelawilks@ucsb.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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