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Junior Specialist: Neurosurgery Saez Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 23rd, 2018
Last review date: September 14th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
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.


The Junior Specialist will work in a Neuroscience research program devoted to understanding the biological basis of human cognition studying brain activity from neurosurgical patients. Successful candidates will administer cognitive tasks to patients in a clinical environment while recording brain (electrophysiological) activity. 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 incumbent will be expected to contribute to academic publications published in peer-reviewed journals, participate in lab meetings and attend relevant talks by faculty, both on and off campus throughout the year. In addition, the ideal candidate will have strong communication and decision-making skills, with 1-2 years experience in laboratory settings, a strong interest in Neuroscience and clinical research and must be able to work well independently and as part of a team.

This is a full time position.

• Bachelor degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
• Strong background in neurobiology and science.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, show critical thinking, and be able to communicate ideas effectively.

Familiarity with different computer environments (Windows, Mac OSX) is essential; coding skills (Matlab, R, python) and previous experience with electrophysiological recordings are a plus

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 1-2 years based on need at 100% appointment. The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Ignacio Saez in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae, preferably as PDF files. Applicants must also provide 1-4 letters of recommendation. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Elisa Valenton at

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 1-4 letters of reference required

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