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Assistant / Associate Project Scientist in Autism Diagnosis

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 17th, 2020

Next review date: Sunday, Jul 19, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 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.


The University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant / Associate Project Scientist in Autism Diagnosis position at the Assistant level.

The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.

This position will require the applicant to contribute to research on early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The candidate will contribute to the execution of ongoing studies, as well as assist in securing future funding, including preparing competitive grant applications. The candidate will be expected to publish manuscripts in related areas and present scientific data at conferences. He or she will take a leadership role in the training and oversight of volunteers and research staff.

Basic Qualifications: Qualified candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Developmental or Clinical Psychology, have been awarded the Ph.D. within the past 10 years, and have a minimum of 5 years of experience beyond the Ph.D. The successful applicant will have a background in eye tracking methods and statistical analysis of longitudinal data. Candidates must have proficiency in conducting, designing, analyzing and interpreting eye tracking and behavioral coding data. Research experience with children with ASD is required. Expertise in developmental and psychological assessment of infants, children, and adolescents is required. Training in diagnostic tools for evaluation of ASD and child psychopathology is required. The successful applicant will also be experienced in providing training for research staff in these areas.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant or Associate rank. The selected candidate will be hired at the Assistant or Associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

This position is open effective June 19, 2020. Applications should be submitted by July 19, 2020 for initial consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled or June 30, 2021.

Qualified applicants should upload a Letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 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, and 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: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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 positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Letter of Interest

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