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Specialist Series- Clinical Translational Neuroscience Lab

Recruitment Period

Open October 25th, 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 psychiatry at the Clinical Translational Neuroscience Laboratory (CTNL). The CTNL is a NIH-funded multi-project laboratory which aims to elucidate the underlying mechanisms involved in severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder by examining brain imaging, biological, clinical, neurocognitive, behavioral, psychological, and social measures.

The Junior Specialist will work with the Principal Investigator and other lab members to conduct several research protocols with the general aims described above. These research protocols include; 1) a multi-national study examining neurocircuitry associated with negative symptom domains in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder, 2) a study examining hippocampal abnormalities in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The successful candidate may additionally collect Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data from patient and control 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 November 1st, 2019 to July 31th, 2020 with the potential to renew annually.


Required: 1) Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, neuroimaging, 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) Profiency in image (sMRI, DTI, fMRI) and statistical analyses (in particular in R), 5) Proficiency in linux and high performance computing, 6) Exceptional record-keeping, organizational, and time-management skills and ability to multi-task, 7) Ability to build and maintain rapport with research participants, colleagues, and international collaborators.

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) experience with the Python programming language.

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
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)