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Junior Specialist - Oakes Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 21st, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 4, 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: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 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.


Dr. Lisa Oakes with the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level starting as soon as September 9, 2019, depending on funding. This is a 100% position and is for one year. There may be a possibility for extension depending on funding. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of research in cognitive development in infancy and early childhood, from stimulus creation to data analysis to presentation of research findings in seminars, conferences, and manuscripts submitted for publication. The position will involve developing, in collaboration with the PI and grad students, new experimental designs, stimuli, and procedures. The person hired is expected to independently analyze data, create materials for presentation at conferences, and present research at national and international conferences, such as the biennial meeting of the International Congress of Infant Studies in Glasgow in July 2020.

The successful candidates will be responsible for:
• Preparing stimulus and other experimental materials using Matlab, Python, Photoshop, and other software and programming environments (15%)
• Testing infant and child research participants, both observing behavior in the moment and using automatic eye-tracking systems (40%)
• Interviewing and consenting parents (10%)
• Preparing and maintaining IRB materials and ensuring compliance with those protocols. (5%)
• Training and mentoring undergraduate research assistants. (10%)
• Maintenance of budgets, order supplies, and oversee day-to-day running of the lab (5%)
• Use R, Matlab, excel, and SPSS to process and analyze data, prepare figures and text for presentation at research conferences and for manuscripts to be submitted for publication (15%)

Position qualifications include:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related field, experience with human subjects in a laboratory setting, knowledge of excel, experience with programming environments such as matlab, python, or R, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Preferred: Experience with testing infants or young children in behavioral research, knowledge of experimental methods to study early cognitive development, experience with and knowledge of infrared automatic eye-tracking systems, familiarity with human subjects protocols, experience conducting interview or consenting potential research participants, knowledge of most or all of the following software: R, SPSS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Director, Filemaker, Matlab and/or Python.

Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest describing relevant skills, a statement of contributions to diversity, a C.V., and provide contact information for 2-3 referees. Submit application materials here:

The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by September 4, 2019. Starting salary is $3291.67/month plus benefits.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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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)