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Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience Junior Specialist

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$54,600. See Table for
the salary range for this position.

Application Window

Open date: July 1, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.

Position description

The University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, seeks a Junior Specialist for research in the Translational Cognitive and Affective (TCAN) Laboratory, which studies the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in individuals with mental illness. This position is to serve a multi-faceted role as a study coordinator for several newly funded and ongoing grant-funded research projects under the direction of Dr. Cameron Carter. These ongoing grants include an investigation of inflammatory factors in the etiology of psychotic illness, MRI predictors of treatment response, the effect of brain stimulation on cognition and symptoms, and optimizing of cognitive tasks to better understand the impact of psychosis across diagnoses.

These projects utilize multiple cognitive neuroscience methodologies, including electrophysiology (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine high-level cognitive processing in both healthy adults and in individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. As such, this position will provide training and the opportunity to gain proficiency in a variety of cognitive neuroscience data collection techniques as well as clinical interviewing.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Previous experience with programming, data collection, and processing, particularly with tDCS, EEG and/or MRI, is desirable for more technically oriented applicants. Clinical interviewing interest and experience is desirable for more clinically oriented applicants. The incumbent will join a large team of fellow research assistants involved in coordinating these projects and will coordinate a variety aspects of the research study, in collaboration with the team.

This position is offered at a 100%-time appointment for one year with the potential to renew annually.

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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

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) Exceptional record-keeping, organizational, and time-management skills and ability to multi-task, 5) Ability to build and maintain rapport with research participants, colleagues, and international collaborators.

Application Requirements

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About UC Irvine

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.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA