Junior Specialist--Keiflin Laboratory, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
United States

Junior Specialist--Keiflin Laboratory, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences


  • College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences - Psychological and Brain Sciences



Open date: February 22nd, 2019
Next review date: March 31st, 2019

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
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 Keiflin 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 May 1, 2019 or later. This will be a one year position with the possibility of renewal.


The laboratory is looking for an exceptional individual with particular emphasis in the area of Neuroscience and Behavior and ability to work in a collaborative environment. Dr. Ron Keiflin’s laboratory seeks to expose the psychological processes and neural dynamics that mediate reward-related learning and decision-making, and the alteration of these processes in neuropsychiatric disorders such as addiction. The approach of the lab is multidisciplinary and integrates complex behavioral task in rodents, optogenetic and chemogenetic interference, in-vivo fiberphotometry. Responsibilities of the Junior Specialist will include managing rat breeding colony, training rats on behavioral tasks and drug self-administration, performing optogenetic/chemogenetic/ fiberphotometry experiments, and histological analysis of brain tissue. Depending on performance and workload, opportunities for independent research and scientific writing may be available.


To meet basic qualifications, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology or a related field by the time of application.


In addition, the qualified candidate will have strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills evidenced by strong evaluations from references and outstanding grades in relevant courses.


At least one year of laboratory experience in behavioral neuroscience with rodents is also required. Experience with rodent surgeries, and brain tissue processing (sectioning, staining, immunohistochemistry) is preferred but not required.


Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include: 
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter, including a brief description of research interests
• Undergraduate Transcripts 
• Names and contact information for 3 References


Applications received by March 31, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01478


Questions can be directed to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Ron Keiflin, via email at: rkeiflin@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.


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 by law.



Santa Barbara, CA



More information about this recruitment: https://www.psych.ucsb.edu/



Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please include a brief description of research interests.

  • Undergraduate Transcripts

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)



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