Researcher in Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Junior Specialist— Social Perception Lab, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Job #JPF01703
  • College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences - Psychological and Brain Sciences

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 6th, 2019
Last review date: Monday, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 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 Social Perception Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Dr. Kyle Ratner, is seeking applications for an open, full-time Junior Specialist position with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2020. This will be one year position with a comprehensive benefits package and with the possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales.

Engage in specialized research in social psychology and social neuroscience. Responsibilities will include: collecting and analyzing data from behavioral, fMRI, and EEG research studies, contributing to administrative tasks of the lab, such as managing IRB protocols and reviews as well as ordering and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects are executed properly. The successful candidate will also assist the PI with training of undergraduate research assistants.

A Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field is required at the time of application.

At least one-year of previous research experience in social psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience in a laboratory setting (e.g., as an undergraduate researcher). Coursework in at least three of the following areas: statistics, social psychology, cognitive psychology, biopsychology, and psychopathology/abnormal psychology, as evidenced by undergraduate transcript(s).

Familiarity with computer programming (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python).

Applications received by January 06, 2020 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit:

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter (Please describe your qualifications, research interests and career goals)
  3. Undergraduate Transcripts
  4. Names and Contact Information for 2 References

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.

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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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

  • Cover Letter - Please describe your qualifications, research interests and career goals

  • Undergraduate Transcripts

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

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