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Junior Specialist - Miller Lab

Position overview

Salary range: The exempt salary for the Jr. Specialist position is Step 1- $49,000/yr , Step 2- $52,200/yr.
The non-exempt salary for the Jr. Specialist position is Step 1 is $23.47, Step 2-$25.00

Application Window

Open date: February 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023 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, Jun 30, 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

This recruitment is to hire up to two candidates.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Miller Lab at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

This position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among infants/toddlers at familial risk.


The incumbent for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions related to the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among infants/toddlers at familial risk. Under the direction of the PI, the incumbent will assist with participant recruitment and visit scheduling and provide information to families regarding study objectives and requirements in person and by telephone. The incumbent will communicate instructions to study participants regarding a variety of study related issues, answer questions as they arise, and obtain informed consent for study participation. Associated tasks include coordinating the flow of study visits between PI and staff members, administering and scoring questionnaires and behavioral measures, conducting eye-tracking during study visits, performing behavioral coding using BORIS software, managing psychophysiological data acquisition, helping coordinate a team of undergraduate volunteers, and entering information in an Access database to track visits and study procedures. In addition, the incumbent will attend weekly lab meetings and, in collaboration with the PI, prepare manuscripts and presentations. 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 Meghan Miller, Ph.D.

General responsibilities include:


  • Assist with participant recruitment and scheduling of study participants
  • Brief study participant families regarding study objectives and obtain informed consent
  • Coordinate activities during study visits between participating families and staff members
  • Facilitate communication between team members including clinicians, examiners, camera operators, and the PI regarding any special circumstances pertaining to study visits
  • Use BORIS software to code behavioral data obtained during lab visits using coding systems for early social communication development and early ADHD-related behaviors
  • Manage progress of behavioral coding projects including training, managing, and maintaining reliability with more junior lab volunteer coders
  • Accurately enter and track information in study tracking and data entry databases and train others to perform data entry
  • Assist with data processing and data management in R and REDCap
  • Assist with statistical analysis in R and SPSS for poster and paper presentations and manuscripts
  • Capture, digitize, and edit videotape footage obtained from families using specialized audiovisual equipment and train others in the use of this equipment
  • Coordinate a team of undergraduate research assistants


  • Attend weekly lab meetings and MIND Institute study coordinator meetings
  • Prepare presentations for conferences and the community in collaboration with the PI, including conducting literature reviews, simple statistical analyses, and slide preparations, and, when appropriate, independently presenting to community organizations or agencies
  • As needed, assist PI with preparation of grant applications, including conducting literature searches and simple analyses of pilot data
  • Contribute to writing manuscripts for publication, including assisting with data cleaning, literature reviews, and synthesis of information for dissemination of research findings to the public
  • Develop individual research question in collaboration with the PI and perform relevant statistical analyses of data collected as part of the research study to be presented at internal and/or professional conferences once per year, including the Society for Research in Child Development, International Meeting for Autism Research, or American Psychological Association (or one of APA’s regional conferences)
  • Participate and present during monthly lab journal clubs, including leading the journal club on occasion (selecting a journal article, presenting to the group, and leading discussion)
  • Attend research presentations at the MIND Institute, including biweekly Research Seminar Series talks and Monthly Distinguished Lecture Series presentations


  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with, and provide outreach presentations to, community and neurodevelopmental disorder advocacy agencies (e.g., CHADD of Sacramento), schools, and service providers for participant recruitment purposes


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neurobiology, or a related field by mid-June 2023 with a minimum of 1 year of experience in longitudinal research focused children at risk for neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorders
  • Experience managing behavior and engaging with children both with neurodevelopmental disorders and typical development in an unstructured setting
  • Experience in behavioral coding using BORIS software
  • Experience tracking and entering data in Access
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Demonstrated ability to perform detail-oriented tasks with a high degree of accuracy
  • Experience managing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced setting with composure, courtesy, and professional attitude
  • Ability to participate in discussion of research results and contribute to manuscript preparation, including literature reviews, data cleaning activities, and synthesis of information
  • Excellent communication and written skills to communicate effectively with the interact with the community and research participants, PIs, postdoctoral fellows, and train undergraduate research assistants
Preferred qualifications
  • Ability to assist with data/processing management in R and conduct simple statistical analyses in R and/or SPSS

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

Sacramento, CA