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PMR Junior Specialist- BRaINlab Coordination

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 15th, 2019

Last review date: Sunday, Jun 21, 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: Wednesday, Oct 14, 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 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to serve as a lab coordinator for the Biomechanics, Rehabiliation, and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) lab at UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis.


Research (90%)

This study is under the direction of Dr. Carolynn Patten and in collaboration with Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and Dr. Kwan Ng. The goal of the study is to use tools from systems neuroscience to explore how neurologic injuries including stroke, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s Disease, and aging affect coordination and regulation of movements such as walking, reaching, and grasping. Foci of the research program are biomarkers and individual differences mediating recovery of function following neurologic injury.

The incumbent will be fundamentally involved in the planning and execution of multiple studies in this newly established research program. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the PI to identify the steps necessary to implement the research projects, which include: IRB submission, identification and development of measures for use in the studies, and successful implementation of those measures in the study itself. Furthermore, the incumbent will have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research projects by proposing alternative analysis strategies; generating novel projects with existing data; reviewing literature for manuscript preparation, presentations, and/or grant proposals. Studies of this magnitude often require thinking creatively to design a protocol that can accommodate the study population, in this case older adults and adults with neuromotor dysfunction. The incumbent will be expected to be an active member of the research team in creatively adapting protocols and documenting changes as appropriate. The incumbent will assist the PI in many aspects of the research studies and will work independently under supervision of the PI to ensure adherence to study protocols, activities which include consent procedures, clinical interviewing, and behavioral testing. The incumbent will assist in data management, as it pertains directly to the execution of the research projects. The incumbent will contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts, developing and generating illustrations, and will be acknowledged with authorship or in the acknowledgement section, as appropriate, based upon the work completed and significance of the intellectual contribution. The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with PI and others in the lab.

Professional Competence (5%)
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as the Society for Neuroscience, International or American Society of Biomechanics, American Society for Neurorehabilitation, American Physical Therapy Association, and others. Authorship order will be determined based on the effort contributed to the presentation and significance of the contribution. The incumbent is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals. The incumbent will also participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

Service (5%)

The incumbent will have opportunities to participate in public outreach and service activities through the UC Davis Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) lab. The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

• Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, kinesiology, human physiology, human development, or a related field
• Experience collecting and organizing data
• Scheduling and/or calendaring experience
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously
• Experience working in a team-oriented research environment

• Previous experience working with adults, including older adults, and adults with motor dysfunction resulting from stroke, spinal cord injury, or other neurological disorders.
• Spanish language ability (oral & written) desirable, but not required

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $39,500 [100% annual] or Step II - $42,100 [100% annual], commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: all application materials must be received by November 15, 2019

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, up to two years. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their specific qualifications for this particular position, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references. Generic cover letters that do not address the specific qualifications for this position are not acceptable. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)