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Junior Specialist - Collaborative Start Lab

Application Window

Open date: August 16th, 2021

Last review date: Sunday, Aug 29, 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: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 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.

Position description

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to work on multiple studies within the Collaborative Start lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

This position will be involved in multiple projects, broadly related to early development of infants at elevated likelihood and toddlers on the autism spectrum and language development in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Primary projects involve: 1) development and validation of telehealth assessments for infants and toddlers and 2) characterizing the verbal development of toddlers participating in early intervention studies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to multiple research projects and products including preparation of conference submissions, presentations and/or manuscripts.


The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in early autism identification and treatment. Responsibilities include recruitment, coordination of study visits, data collection, tracking, and entry, behavioral coding and supervision of coding teams, assistance with tracking and preparing IRB submissions, funding progress reports, and preparation of data for dissemination activities (including submissions to conferences). The incumbent will assist with preparation of manuscripts and grant submissions directly related to these projects.

General responsibilities include:


  • Specific research and technical activities include screening, recruitment, and coordination of participant visits, including monitoring study progress and adherence to study timelines. Maintain REDCap databases and track data collection for multiple ongoing studies including distribution of online questionnaires. Monitor, maintain, and purchase equipment and supplies needed for data collection. Assist with IRB applications, renewals, and progress reports for funding agencies. Engage in data collection, behavioral coding from video, and supervision of coding teams.
  • Specific duties: The incumbent will be involved in the entire research pipeline across multiple projects. They will help to plan data collection procedures, assist with data collection of multiple types (telehealth sessions, online surveys, focus groups/interviews, and behavioral coding), report study progress both formally (assist with progress reports to funders) and informally (present at lab/group meetings). The incumbent will have the opportunity to assist with data preparation and analysis for presentations at conferences and to contribute to manuscripts by reviewing and summarizing the relevant literature, assisting with preparation of data for analysis, and may contribute to writing relevant sections.


  • Specific professional activities: The incumbent is expected to gain professional competence by participating in educational seminars and other professional development opportunities available at the MIND Institute. They will participate in regular project and laboratory-wide meetings, where they will occasionally present on their research activities. They will help to review written materials of direct relevance to the current projects, under the supervision of the Principal Investigators. This may include reviewing manuscript submissions and research proposals.


  • Specific service activities include participation on committees within the MIND and/or the laboratory. Incumbent may occasionally liaise with external organizations in the field of early intervention, health equity, and/or telehealth policies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Bachelor’s degree in Psychology , or a related field by 7/20/2021 with a minimum of 1 year experience in autism research.
    Experience in behavioral coding of social communication behavior, ideally using Noldus and/or Boris software.

    Experience with tracking data collection and entry, ideally in REDCap and/or Access.
    Demonstrated ability to engage in professional interactions with research participants and to maintain participant confidentiality.

    Experience with supervising behavioral coding teams.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
    • Experience with participant recruitment and scheduling.
    • Detail oriented with excellent organization skills to support multiple ongoing tasks.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and basic computer skills.
Preferred qualifications
    • Experience preparing purchase orders and arranging participant compensation.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

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