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Specialist Series - Neurocircuitry - Part time

Recruitment Period

Open August 15th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


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. The Junior Specialist’s primary focus will be a study examining 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. The Junior Specialist will collaborate with community partners for recruitment and assessment of eligible subjects in the Long Beach, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas. The successful candidate will also assist with studies focusing on social, biological, and racial/ethnic stress associated with obesity in adolescents, and on neurocircuitry differences in adolescents suffering from depression with and without a history of abuse or maltreatment.

This position is offered at a 45%-time (18 hours per week) appointment from Aug 1st, 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, 6) Strong connections to (or the ability to build and maintain connections with) the Black and African-American community in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas.

Desired: 1) Human subjects research experience including knowledge of IRB, NIH, HIPAA and other regulatory rules and requirements, 2) Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, 3) 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.

Job location

Irvine, CA


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