Junior Specialist in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of California Davis

United States

Junior Specialist for Solomon Lab

Job #JPF05252
  • MED:Psychiatry & Behav Sci / SCHOOL OF MEDICINE / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: September 20, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Oct 3, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 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 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Solomon Lab.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in the clinical cognitive neuroscience of autism. Successful candidates will participate in participant assessment of adolescents and young adults with autism and their families, library research, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and running an MRI scanner.


The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in research regarding adolescents and adults with autism. The questions the Lab is studying now are related to the emergence of depression and affective disorders in adolescents with autism; the development of the cognitive control of learning and memory in adolescents and adults with autism; the determinants of optimal functional outcomes in adults with autism; and issues related to the employment of adults with autism.

General responsibilities include:


  • Specific research and technical activities: Research assistants will be required to engage in assessment and other forms of data collection (i.e. interviews with patients and family members), analysis of the data collected by the Lab, assisting the PI and other lab members in interpreting results of data collected by the Lab, authoring posters for scientific meetings with the data they collect, helping with IRB submissions, grant submissions, and manuscript submissions where they may earn authorship provided they meet ICJME rules for inclusion. These rules will be reviewed with each new Lab member. Junior specialists also will be expected to participate in Lab meetings and to fulfill any requirements for the Lab journal club.
  • Specific duties: We believe in an apprenticeship model where RAs will be given significant responsibility if they are able to manage expectations. They may be included on posters and publications if they meet ICJME rules for inclusion. We also will work with them to engage in career planning so they can advance their careers.


  • Specific professional activities: We encourage Junior Specialists to attend conferences and to prepare posters for them. Depending on Lab funding and conference location, we support them in attending or in writing travel awards to fund participation. We encourage them attend the graduate group where careers are discussed and to volunteer in the social skills program where they can obtain clinical experience.


-The candidates will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. The candidates will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and community presentation that may also enhance future Junior Specialist recruitment . Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience Physiology and Behavior, Psychology, Computer Science, or related field. Must have already graduated with a BS or a BA and be able to accept the job as soon as it is offered.
  • Experience in lab work, neuroimaging, data analysis, statistics (SPSS, SASS or R) with strong technical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team and with patient or other special populations
  • Strong academic or work references
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Programming experience
  • Experience and interest in working with autistic individuals
  • Having completed an undergraduate honors thesis
  • A high undergraduate GPA

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05252

Help contact: tisxiong@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

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Job location

Sacramento, CA

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