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Junior Specialist for the Baby Siblings Research Consortium Database

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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist for the Baby Siblings Research Consortium Database.

This position will be involved in an ongoing project providing data infrastructure to studies investigating the early developmental trajectories of children at risk for autism. The project entails fielding and managing data from 25+ research sites around the world that are members of the Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC), and assisting in the creation, dissemination, and analysis of datasets used in collaborative research projects within the BSRC.

The ideal candidate will have a clear interest in data science and data analysis and a motivation to learn data science skills in anticipation of a career in the area of data science, statistics, and signal processing. The candidate will perform collection, preparation, and manipulation of data structures within the software environment of R and MySQL. The ideal candidate will also 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 Dr. Gregory Young (PI), as well as Dr. Sally Ozonoff in her role of PI of the UC Davis infant sibling project and other PIs associated with the BSRC. Position is full time, with flexible work hours sometimes requiring evening availability.

• Assist in data management including preparation of data definitions, data queries and data set preparation, and authoring of data reports
• Assist in data processing of annual data submissions by BSRC member sites
• Contribute to research publications by designing and pursuing research questions related to behavior and neurodevelopment in autism
• Employ statistical models to clean data and ensure data validity, including outlier analyses and multi-trait multi-method matrix analyses
• Assist in the curation and analysis of complex data sets involving EEG and eye-tracking data

• 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 PI (Dr. Young), 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

• Attending community events such as Autism Speaks walks, children's fairs, and lectures and talking about our research with community members at these events
• Participate in the University by volunteering at special events for families of kids with autism that participate in research studies at the MIND Institute.
• 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 Data science, Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, or a related field
• Experience using R for data manipulation and data analysis, including creation of graphs, using R to communicate with external data sources, and generalized linear modeling
• Experience or training in working with data management tools such as relational databases (ACCESS, MySQL, SQL Server, etc.) and/or spreadsheets (EXCEL)
• Experience with data capture systems (data entry) and data retrieval (data querying)
• Familiarity with common clinical behavior assessments and scoring techniques measures (e.g., Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Mullen Scales of Early Learning, Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, etc)
• Experience in preparing data reports, including graphs, tables, and/or descriptive narratives
• Experience with various computer platforms (e.g., Mac OS, Linux, Windows)

*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.

This position is open effective August 15, 2018 with an initial review date of August 29, 2018. The posting will remain open until June 30, 2019 or until filled.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be made up to 100%.

Step 1 - $39,500 annual (based on full time employment, or $18.92 hourly if less), or Step II - $42,100 annual (based on full time employment or $20.16 hourly if less), or commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For full consideration, applications must be received by 8/22/2018; however, the position will remain open until filled through 6/30/2019 or until filled. To apply, please go to the following link:

Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 3-5 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Dr. Gregory S. Young,

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

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