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Junior Specialist - Psychosis Study Coordinator - Joiner Lab

Application Window

Open date: March 21st, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Apr 4, 2022 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, Mar 20, 2023 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 Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis invites applications for qualified Junior Specialists (JPF04816) to serve as the study coordinator for the Defining the Neural Circuitry of Agency Deficits in Psychotic Disorders study at UC Davis Medical Center.


Research (90%)
This study is under the direction of Dr. Wilsaan Joiner and in collaboration with Dr. Cameron Carter’s Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Laboratory. The goal of the study is to use tools from cognitive neuroscience to explore how disruptions in a person’s ability to distinguish external versus self-initiated actions may influence visual perception and contribute to positive symptoms of psychosis (e.g., hallucinations and delusions). The incumbent will benefit from the opportunity to take part in research that spans two laboratories with expertise in sensorimotor integration and psychosis. Office space and the majority of daily research activities will take place at the UC Davis Imaging Research Center in Sacramento with visits to the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory in Davis as needed.

The incumbent will coordinate many aspects of the research study. The incumbent will use knowledge of mental health conditions to conduct phone evaluations to determine study eligibility of potential participants. The incumbent will also consent study participants and schedule all of their research appointments. The incumbent will conduct clinical interviews for research purposes under the supervision of a faculty member and will conduct behavioral and MRI testing sessions. The incumbent will manage the study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws. The incumbent will also manage data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation. 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%)
This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as Society for Biological Psychiatry or Society for Neuroscience (if funding is available). The incumbent is expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers. 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. Finally, we hold optional but highly recommended weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals and prepare materials for applications to graduate school, medical school and other careers.

Service (5%)
The incumbent will act as a mentor for undergraduate volunteers in the lab, and provide training in lab procedures.

As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until March 20, 2023 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience or a related field (required at time of start of appointment).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• 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

Preferred qualifications

• Previous experience working with adolescents and young adults with psychiatric disorders
• Fluency in Spanish (oral & written)

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Letters should address specific qualifications for this position.

  • 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 required (contact information only)

Applicants will supply the contact information for references and the search committee will contact references if the applicant is selected for an interview.

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Job location

Davis, CA