Junior Specialist in Cognition, Affect and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist in Cognition, Affect and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Job #JPF03498

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 13th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Apr 27, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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.


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for 1-2 qualified Junior Specialist to be involved in interdisciplinary studies investigating Cognition, Affect and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. 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 Tony Simon, Ph.D. (PI).


The candidate for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in Cognition, Affect, and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome in an effort to understand how the mind and brain is developing in both typical children and those with Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and how differences affect learning, behavior and psychiatric outcomes.

General responsibilities include:


• Specific research and technical activities will be to collect EEG and ERP data for individuals with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and typically developing individuals under the supervision of ERP Manager.
• Ensure participant MRI safety and collect MRI data under supervision of the principal investigator and MRI Technologist.
• Record and score questionnaire assessments completed by participants and participant family members (60%).
• Screen, recruit and schedule participants appropriate for the study (15%),
• Perform calculations and summarize data according to protocol or as directed (5%).


• Attend weekly lab meetings.
• Attend biweekly Project core staff meetings to review MRI images, discuss progress and be involved in ongoing planning of project activities.
• Attend MIND Institute Research symposia and Distinguished Lecturer series presentations.
• Create and submit conference and/or symposium posters and presentations.
• Contribute significantly as an author to lab publications.


• Participate in and assist in planning special events related to 22q11.2 deletion syndrome such as the annual 22q at the Zoo event and the MIND Institute 22q11.deletion Annual Family Conference.
• Participate in other community outreach activities where appropriate in order to present a strong positive image of the MIND Institute and its role in the community.
• Provide mentoring and information sharing with other MIND Institute employees.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience or related field.
• Experience working with developmentally disabled children or adults. MRI in clinical or research settings is highly desirable.
• Background in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience desirable
• Experience with Excel spreadsheets.


• Ability to be highly organized, creative, work independently with multiple research studies, and have attention to detail necessary.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to handle sensitive situations with families of children with developmental.
• Extensive analytical and critical-thinking.
• Strong computer and/or statistical skills.
• Will be required to exercise discretion and judgment in the execution and interpretation of experiments and of the data derived. Must exhibit professional approach to work and attention to detail.


12-month term initial appointment from the date of hire. Appointment may be made up to 100%.


Step 1 - $42,300 per year or $20.26 per hour*
Step 2 - $45,100 per year or $21.60 per hour*

*Yearly/hourly pay scales based on percentage of qualifying appointment. Step offered commensurate with the proposed candidate's qualifications and prior experience in title code.


For full consideration, applications must be received by 4/27/2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through 6/30/2020 or until filled.

To apply, please go to the following link:https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03498. 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, and 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 UCD 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.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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