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Specialist Series - Neurocircuitry in Adolescents

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 19th, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 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: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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.


Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Position: Junior Specialist

The University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, seeks a Junior Specialist for research in adolescent psychiatry at the Biobehavioral Research on Adolescent Development (BRoAD) Lab. The BRoAD Lab is a NIH-funded multi-project laboratory which aims to: 1) elucidate the influential biological, behavioral, psychological and social factors related to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health conditions; and 2) identify the underlying mechanisms of interventions/treatments for such behavioral/mental health conditions.

The Junior Specialist will work with the Principal Investigator, Lab Manager, and other lab members to conduct several research protocols with the general aims described above. These research protocols include; 1) a study examining neurocircuitry differences in adolescents suffering from depression with and without a history of abuse or maltreatment, 2) a study evaluating changes in neurocircuitry in response to an intervention which aims to reduce risky behaviors, facilitate family communication, and promote a positive future for Black/ African-American youth, and 3) a study focusing on social, biological, and racial/ethnic stress associated with obesity in adolescents. The successful candidate will additionally collect Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data from adolescent participants (experience with MR Image acquisition is helpful, but training will be provided as necessary).

This position is offered at a 100%-time appointment from Aug 21st, 2019 to June 30th, 2020 with the potential to renew annually.

Required: 1) Bachelor’s degree in psychiatry, public health, neuroscience, imaging, or related field, 2) Excellent oral and written communication skills, 3) Fluency in English for reading research protocols, documenting data into charts, and communicating with research participants, 4) Exceptional record-keeping, organizational, and time-management skills and ability to multi-task, 5) Ability to build and maintain rapport with adolescent and adult research participants, colleagues, and community recruitment partners

Desired: 1) Human subjects research experience including knowledge of IRB, NIH, HIPAA and other regulatory rules and requirements, 2) Experience collecting Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data from human subjects, 3) Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, 4) Fluency in Spanish
Special Considerations: 1) Must be able/willing to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends) as needed, 2) Must be able/willing to travel between study sites including UCI campus, UCI Medical Center, CHOC Children’s Hospital, and other sites in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

Salaries are based on University of California salary scales, which are dependent on academic rank and step, and commensurate with experience.
Application Procedure: Interested candidates should apply through UC Irvine’s RECRUIT system located at
Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for the position:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for 3 – 4 References

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-7 required (contact information only)