Junior Specialist in Sprague Laboratory
University of California Santa Barbara Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist - Sprague Laboratory, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Job #JPF02276
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:Junior Specialist
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: November 1, 2022
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: September 26, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 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 Sprague Laboratory within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open, full-time Junior Specialist position, with an anticipated start date of November 1, 2022 or later. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales.

The laboratory is looking for an exceptional individual with particular emphasis in the area of Vision Science and Computational Cognitive Neuroscience. Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Sprague, the Perception, Cognition and Action Laboratory seeks to understand the neural mechanisms underlying behaviors related to visual spatial cognition, including visual attention, working memory, and the guidance of eye movements, using techniques including computational neuroimaging, EEG, and eye tracking.

Responsibilities of the Junior Specialist will include engaging in specialized research associated with ongoing projects, including behavioral, eyetracking, and neuroimaging studies interrogating the neural mechanisms of visual spatial cognition. The Junior Specialist will assist with recruiting, organizing, and scheduling participants, conducting literature reviews, developing/programming experiments, acquiring and analyzing data (behavioral, eyetracking, fMRI, EEG), and preparing results for presentation. The Junior Specialist will also assist with training of research volunteers, and managing research protocols.

Further information about the Sprague Laboratory can be found at: https://spraguelab.psych.ucsb.edu

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in psychology or a related field (neuroscience, computer science, applied mathematics, biology, etc.) by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-Will have a demonstrated record of academic excellence as evidenced by outstanding grades in relevant courses (major GPA of 3.0 or higher).
-Demonstrated potential for excellence in research as evidenced by previous laboratory experience or research assistant positions (6+ months duration).

Preferred qualifications

Preferred candidates will have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher, experience with programming tools (UNIX, bash, MATLAB/Python programming), a strong college math background (linear algebra), and previous research experience with human subjects (1 or more years).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Please include a brief description of research interests
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research and/or service. Submission of this statement is strongly encouraged(Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

We will inform all candidates under serious consideration that their reference will be contacted beforehand

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02276

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 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (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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