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Junior Specialist - Intercranial Neurophysiology

Application Window

Open date: September 21st, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Oct 6, 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: Friday, Dec 31, 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.

Position description

The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist in the area of neurophysiology in hospitalized patients with implanted brain electrodes.

Responsibilities:
The junior specialist will work with a team of researchers studying brain wave recordings from inside the brains of patients with epilepsy to learn about the biological basis of how normal brain functions (cognition, mood, memory) and disease states (epilepsy) interact for the goal of developing treatments that optimize physiological functions.

The selected junior specialist will administer cognitive tasks to patients in a clinical environment while recording brain (electrophysiological) activity. Candidates will participate in designing engaging as well as effective research tasks for patients and analyzing resulting datasets. Junior specialists will be responsible for lab data and document organization as well as patient and team coordination. Candidates are expected to interact with research and clinical staff, as well as with patients and families; therefore, strong interpersonal skills are essential. Familiarity with different computer environments (Windows, Mac OSX) is essential; coding skills (Matlab, R, python) and previous experience with electrophysiological recordings are a plus. The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to academic publications published in peer-reviewed journals, participate in lab meetings and attend relevant talks/meetings. The junior specialist will be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab.

Research and Professional Competence (90% effort)

•provide support to research staff to enroll, track and follow research study patients Identifysubjects for the studies including stroke and hemorrhage patients and controls Obtain consentson all subjects and draw bloods
•Interact with patients in hospital or clinic, including acute stroke situations
•Process blood samples as needed for each study protocol
•Enter subject data into our established database and update it as needed provide support to research staff to provide study data or supplies
•organize study documents
•attend teleconferences, study monitoring visits, audits, etc.
•assist CRC with maintenance of regulatory documents and correspondence
•assist CRC with IRB and SAE paperwork as needed
•engage in academic activities such as peer-reviewed publications, grant proposals, research reports. and talk/poster presentations
•participate in all lab meetings, discussing ongoing and future projects with clinical andresearch faculty and staff
•attend discussions with collaborators such as weekly journal clubs, Neurology Grand Rounds, and other relevant presentations

University and Public Service (10% effort)

•present at local forums
•mentor undergraduate and graduate students and educate them on how to operate in the lab

Skills/Qualifications
Required:
• Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. Strong background in neurobiology and science
• Great communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently, take initiative, critical problem-solving, and enthusiasm
• Ability to thrive in a collaborative program and comfort navigating a clinical environment.
• Organizational skills and systems
• Ability to work full-time and be on-call when there are implanted surgical patients (~1 week/month)

Preferred:

• Experience with patients or in a care-taking role
• 1-2 years' experience in a lab setting
• Coding (Matlab, R, python)
• Work with electrophysiology (LFPs or single-unit)

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 2, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2021. Qualified applicants should apply online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04395. Applicants should submit cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information 2 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please direct questions to Joe Valadez @ jvaladez@ucdavis.edu.

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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 UCD positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany a faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work- life/index.html

At UC Davis, a Work Life program has been in place since January 2003. A group of Faculty Advisors for Work Life was established in 2007 to help publicize and inform the faculty about the programs, policies, and resources associated with work life/life changes. This group of advisors represents various academic units (colleges, schools, divisions) on the campus. The following summarizes the programs and updated UC policy. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. Strong background in neurobiology and science
    • Great communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative, critical problem-solving, and enthusiasm
    • Ability to thrive in a collaborative program and comfort navigating a clinical environment.
    • Organizational skills and systems
    • Ability to work full-time and be on-call when there are implanted surgical patients (~1 week/month)

Preferred qualifications

    • Experience with patients or in a care-taking role
    • 1-2 years' experience in a lab setting
    • Coding (Matlab, R, python)
    • Work with electrophysiology (LFPs or single-unit)

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04395

Help contact: jvaladez@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Sacramento, CA