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Assistant Project Scientist - Boorman Lab

Recruitment Period

Open November 1st, 2018 through November 15th, 2018


Dr. Erie Boorman with the Department of Psychology, and the Center for Mind and Brain, at the University of California, Davis seek to fill a 1-year, full-time position as an Assistant Project Scientist starting in the winter of 2018-19. The successful candidate will work on research projects in the laboratory focused on memory-guided decision-making and learning using a combination of computational modeling, neuroimaging in healthy people, and intracranial recordings in neurosurgical patients.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

Research activity
The position requires leading a research group and determining research goals for a project exploring the computational architecture of memory-guided decision making and learning with the Principal Investigator. The candidate will design specific experiments, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques, perform data analyses, interpret results, and co-author research articles. The candidate will also advise students and junior specialists concerning method development and implementation, interpretation of results, and help plan follow-up experiments.

The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the Pl or other members of the research team.

Grant Acquisition
The candidate will collaborate with the Pl in designing and writing proposals for funding from agencies such as NIH. This role also includes preparation of progress reports for funding agencies.

The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend conferences and seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups.

The candidate may engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to the general public and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies when the opportunities arise. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and training/advising undergraduate volunteers on research projects in the PI’s laboratory. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

Position qualifications include:
• Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Culture Technology, or related field
• Advanced skills in computational modeling of learning, memory and/or decision-making
• Advanced skills integrating computational models with fMRI
• Advanced skills in multivariate pattern-based analysis, including multi-voxel pattern analyses and representational similarity analyses
• Experience in repetition suppression (or cross stimulus suppression) analyses
• Experience collecting and analyzing intracranial electroencephalography data
• Experience in writing manuscripts for publications
• Experience in creating scientific illustrations for publications

• Proof of skill set through peer-reviewed publications
• Experience training graduate and undergraduate students in research methods
• High skill set in making scientific illustrations using Illustrator and Photoshop
• Extensive experience directly supervising laboratory team

This posting will remain open until November 15, 2018. To apply, please go to the following link: .

Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest describing relevant skills, a diversity statement, and a resume. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applicants should also provide contact information for 2-3 references.

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