Open date: August 2nd, 2021
Last review date: Monday, Aug 16, 2021 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: Tuesday, Nov 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.
This position will be involved in two interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions investigating the behavioral, medical, and developmental characteristics of autism in children and adolescents. The MIND Institute Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) seeks to better identify, characterize, and treat clinically significant subtypes of autism to improve quality of life for autistic children. The ACE includes multiple studies, which work in conjunction with several pre-existing MIND Institute studies. This position will work primarily on two projects within the ACE:
- The BRAIN study, which aims to understand a subtype of autism characterized by large brain size, focusing on children ages 2-6.
- The GI-QUAL study, a new project aimed at improving the quality and reliability of screening instruments used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms in autism. The position may also have opportunity to work with the Girls with Autism – Imaging in Neurodevelopment (GAIN) study, which studies sex-differences in autism.
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. This candidate will work closely with the BRAIN & GI-QUAL teams, including Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl (PI), Dr. Bibiana Restrepo (PI), and Dr. Brianna Heath (Project Manager).
Position is full time, with flexible work hours and requiring night time availability and hours that may change on short notice; reliable transportation to all of these shifts is required.
RESEARCH ACTIVITY (80% EFFORT)
- Assist in collection of study data including recruitment and scheduling of research participants and guiding participants through their study visits
- Learn and administer research assessments and work with study team to evaluate resulting data
- Assist in preparation and acquisition of non-sedation MRI scans with toddlers during their natural night time sleep
- Contribute to data processing including scoring of behavioral assessments, MR imaging pre-processing, maintaining subject electronic medical record, and tracking subject behavioral and medical data
- Contribute to research publications by designing and pursuing research questions related to behavior and neurodevelopment in autism
- Analyze data using statistical methods and programs and interpret results by comparing data from subjects with autism to those without, and contributing to the study goal of understanding subtypes of autism
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10% EFFORT)
- Collaborate with senior research personnel by assisting with data analysis and literature review
- Help prepare abstracts for scientific conference submissions under the mentorship of the research team, with the opportunity to present posters at meetings if accepted
- Read, discuss, and interpret relevant journal articles to the project and present in the team’s journal club meetings
- Attend weekly and monthly meetings with members of the research team to discuss study progress and protocol implementation
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (10% EFFORT)
- Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for families of children with autism who participate in research studies at the MIND Institute
- Assist with outreach and promotion of study programs to clinics within UC Davis Health and the broader Sacramento region
- Provide interpretation of study measures to participating families including summarizing behavioral assessment results and coordinating with community physicians to provide radiological reports
Bachelor’s degree* in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field
Previous research experience in related fields (e.g., psychology, cognitive neuroscience, child development, biomedical sciences, human clinical trials)
Experience working with preschool-aged children in a professional setting, particularly experience with children with autism and/or other neurodevelopmental disorders
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage and complete multiple concurrent tasks in a timely manner
Experience in a recruitment or patient-facing role
Training and experience in adhering to HIPAA and/or other patient privacy rules and regulations
Demonstrated interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with families, children, and professionals
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to independently and effectively identify resources to solve problems
Strong demonstrated use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint; experience with Access and SharePoint preferred)
Ability to safely work (i.e., no medical contraindications) in an MRI environment
*Degree must be awarded by hire date; new graduates may require additional paperwork verifying their degree progress if submitting an application before degree is awarded.
- Experience with MRI research scanning with children, including MRI safety training
- Experience or training in coordinating a research study, including recruitment of participants, scheduling, and running visits
- Demonstrated ability to maintain organized databases and timely tracking of information with experience in database systems (e.g., Microsoft Access, REDCap)
- Experience with electronic medical record systems (EMR, e.g., EPIC)
- Experience with AggieTravel, Connexus, or other UC administrative systems
- CITI trained in biomedical and/or social and behavioral research
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