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Professional Researcher

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 22nd, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Apr 19, 2019 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: Saturday, Mar 21, 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.


Assistant / Associate Researcher

The University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant/Associate Researcher.

This candidate will be required to develop an independent research program on language and communication development in infants and toddlers at-risk or with ASD. The candidate will be expected to design and conduct studies a) developing novel assessment methods, including telehealth approaches, to assess early ASD symptoms, communication, parent-child interactions, and development; b) conduct longitudinal studies of gesture, language, and social cognitive development, c) develop and test intervention approaches for the infancy and toddler period, including parent-mediated treatment; d) utilize a variety of methodological approaches including home-based data collection, eyetracking, longitudinal observations, and treatment trials.

It is anticipated that the development and implementation of this research project will include submitting applications for extramural funding independently and in collaboration with other faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry, the MIND Institute, and other departments and programs at UC Davis, in addition to carrying out roles in currently funded collaborative projects. Anticipated sources of funding including the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and other similar research funding initiatives.

These extramurally funded projects will require the candidate to train staff, develop research protocols, administer the protocols and collect and analyze the data.

The candidate will also be responsible for managing the budget, staff, and reporting requirements of currently funded grants and future grant awards.

The candidate is expected to publish the results of this research program in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific publications such as Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism Research, Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the American Journal on Intellectual Disabilities.

Qualified Candidates must possesses a Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Development, or a closely related field and have formal training in Autism Research. The applicant must have been awarded the Ph.D. within the last 10 years and have a minimum of 5 years experience beyond the Ph.D. The applicant must have a background in autism identification and treatment research, including conducting assessments and supervising employees and students in scoring, coding, and analyzing behavioral data. The candidate must have experience designing measures to be collected in families’ homes via telehealth or other methods (including training of in-home assessors) as required to collect proximal measures of child behavior. Experience in eye tracking data collection and behavioral assessments in infants at-risk or toddlers with ASD is required. The candidate must have experience managing multi-site projects have excellent references related to the ability to work in a team and collaboratively with peers.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant/Associate rank. The selected candidate will be hired at the Assistant/Associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.
Applications should be submitted by April 19, 2019 for initial consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled or March 21, 2020.

Qualified applicants should upload a Letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Research, along with contact information for 3 to 5 references online at:

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. 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:

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Letter of Interest

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)