Researcher in Psychology

University of California Davis Psychology Department

United States

Junior Specialist - Goodman Lab

Job #JPF04458
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Letters and Science: Social Sciences / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: September 14th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 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

Dr. Gail Goodman with the Psychology Department at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a full time Junior Specialist position starting October 2021. This position will have a duration of 1 year, with the possibility of extension depending on funding and performance. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of research on such topics as attachment, memory, child development, foster care, child maltreatment, forensic interviewing, program evaluation, and adult development, from stimulus creation/survey construction to data analysis to presentation of research findings in seminars, conferences, manuscripts submitted for publication; and grant/report writing. The successful candidate will also be involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, independent analysis of data, interpretation of empirical results, and the writing up of results for publication in scholarly journals. Where appropriate, the individual would earn authorship on these publications. The person hired is also expected to help with data collection, recruit families for participation in data collection studies, help create materials for studies, organization and coding of data, ordering and processing for reimbursement and/or purchase orders for research and laboratory materials, helping organize and run research meetings, and working with research teams. These activities may be remote or in person. The person will also help create materials for submission (where appropriate, as an author) at conferences. Some travel to research sites may be involved. Additional responsibilities include training undergraduate research assistants in the lab, keeping track of and submitting research expenses, and maintaining and improving laboratory organization.

Responsibilities will include:

· Research (80% time): Junior Specialist will engage in research activities related to experimental and correlational work such as assisting Principal Investigator and laboratory members in performing research projects, managing research participants, interviewing, behavioral testing, investigative searching, data coding and checking, statistical analysis, report writing and publication, attending meetings, research travel, maintaining research records, and mentoring and coordinating undergraduate research assistants.
· Professional Competence (15% time): Professional activities that are directly related to the specialist's professional expertise and achievements. Such activities may include contributions to the development or utilization of new approaches and techniques. Invitations to review research and/or grant proposals, journal manuscripts, and contributions to other publications, as well as attend (e.g., via Zoom) conference/meeting presentations.
· University/Public Service (5% time): University and/or public service related to the candidate’s area of professional expertise and achievement. Service activities may relate to liaison responsibilities with various organizations, agencies, and other external groups on issues related to their area of expertise.

Salary: Junior Specialist Step 1, $3,900/month

If hired, a background check is required.

A Junior Specialist appointee should have a baccalaureate or similar degree in a discipline relevant or related to the research conducted in the unit hiring the appointee, or if lacking a relevant baccalaureate degree should have experience with the appropriate specialized research methods. In general, it is inappropriate to appoint an individual with a Master’s or doctoral degree in the relevant discipline or a baccalaureate degree plus three or more years of experience with the specialized methods as a Junior Specialist.

This posting will remain open until September 27, 2021. To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest describing relevant skills, a statement on contributions to diversity, and a resume. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for 2-3 references.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related field; experience with human subjects in a laboratory setting; research on topics such as attachment, child maltreatment, children’s and adults’ memory for traumatic events, forensic interviewing, foster care, psychopathology, language development, and wellbeing; knowledge and advanced skill in statistical analyses; familiarity with statistical software packages such as SPSS, R, and/or Mplus; familiarity with IRBnet, IRB Manager, Spokeo and TLOxo; strong organizational skills; attention to detail; excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and documentation skills; proven ability to work well in research teams and independently.

Preferred qualifications

Experience with longitudinal and cross-sectional testing of children and/or adults in survey and behavioral research, knowledge of experimental methods to study child and adult development including memory development, experience with and knowledge of memory-related, language development-related, psychophysiology or biology-related, and psychopathology-related research, cultural sensitivity, experience with SPSS and Qualtrics files and/or analyses, experience with TLO files, experience with AggieTravel and AggieBuy, familiarity with human subjects protocols, experience conducting interviews and consenting potential research participants, experience with confidential data, excellent social relations, ability to work well in research teams and independently.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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