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Junior Specialist Positions

The Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory (PI: Dr. Cameron Carter), is recruiting for three to four Junior Specialist (research assistant) positions at the UC Davis Medical Center, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018 or earlier. Our research focuses primarily on studying the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness with additional interests in neuroimmune models of psychosis and mental health services research. Our three positions are described in brief below and applicants are encouraged to apply to one or more of the positions depending on interest level and qualifications. You can only be considered for the positions for which you apply, so please read the detailed descriptions available via each link. Positions have a one year appointment with an additional year based on performance, and we strongly consider applicants who are able to consider a two year commitment. Deadline for application review is March 30, 2018.

Early Psychosis Study Coordinator

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02065

This position is to serve as the study coordinator for the Understanding Early Psychosis project at UC Davis Medical Center, which involves training in clinical assessment, study management, and behavioral testing. The goal of the study is to use cognitive neuroscience tools, such as fMRI and EEG, to better understand cognitive deficits in individuals with psychotic disorders. Additionally, the laboratory is engaged in several new projects that focus on using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the incumbent would have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the design and implementation of these studies at this early stage, gain exposure to development of ideas for grant proposals, and collect ongoing data for the projects over the next two years. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts.

Early Psychosis Technical Specialist

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02066

This position is to serve as a technically-oriented junior specialist for the Understanding Early Psychosis study at the UC Davis Medical Center. The incumbent will become proficient in operating all MRI and EEG hardware at the Imaging Research Center and will be responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing neuroimaging data (including diffusion MRI, fMRI, EEG/ERP, and PET). Additionally, the laboratory is starting several new pilot projects focused on using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the incumbent would have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the design and implementation of these studies at this early stage, gain exposure to development of ideas for grant proposals, and collect ongoing data for the projects over the next two years. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, and review literature for manuscript preparation.

Duration of Untreated Psychosis Specialist

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02067

This position is to serve as a junior specialist for the Duration of Untreated Psychosis study at the UC Davis Medical Center. This study tests the effectiveness of using electronic screening and telemedicine approaches to rapidly identify and treat individuals who present with psychosis to a variety of community sites (e.g., schools, emergency rooms, behavioral health clinics). The incumbent will be trained in diagnostic interviews, learn consenting procedures, manage IRB protocols, and work with community partners. The current study will be entering a new piloting phase starting Summer 2018, which will allow the incumbent to meaningfully contribute to Phase 2 study design and revisions. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab, the incumbent may have the opportunity assist in study design and analysis as well as writing and review of relevant manuscripts.

 

Post-doctoral Fellowship Position in Psychiatric Services Research at University of California, Davis

The Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of California, Davis, is seeking applicants for a full time post-doctoral fellow position starting July 5, 2017. The position will work as part of an NIH funded grant (PI: Cameron Carter) to examine the impact of two technology-enhanced interventions, implemented as part of a cluster-randomized controlled trial, on the reduction of the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) in Sacramento County. The post doctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Tara Niendam, Ph.D., and Cameron Carter, MD. The successful candidate will have an MD. or Ph.D in clinical psychology, previous experience conducting structured interviews with children and youth (including the SIPS and/or KSADS), previous services research experience related to trial design and evaluation, and an interest in developing an independent research career related to improving access to mental health services for youth with serious mental illness. Previous experience with qualitative methods is considered a strength, but is not required. This is an ideal position for someone interested in pursuing an academic career related to predictors of clinical outcomes in early psychosis and/or mental health services research. Opportunities to accrue clinical hours and supervision toward licensure will be available. We are looking for a two-year commitment. We offer a competitive package of salary and benefits, as well as a career development workshop within the lab. More information about the lab is available online at http://carterlab.ucdavis.edu. Applications, including a cover letter, CV, list of relevant course work, including undergraduate and graduate GPA, and references should be sent via email to Tara Niendam Ph.D., ().

 

Post-doctoral Fellowship Position in Clinical Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (22q) at UC Davis

The Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of California, Davis, is seeking applicants for a full time post-doctoral fellow position starting July 2018. The position will work as part of an NIH funded grant (PI: Tony J. Simon) to explore clinical, cognitive, affective and neuroimaging predictors of risk for psychosis in youth with chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion (aka DiGeorge/Velocardiofacial) Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder producing very high risk for schizophrenia. The post doctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Tara Niendam, Ph.D., and Cameron Carter, MD., and in collaboration with Dr. Simon as well as Drs. Steve Luck and Emilio Ferrer. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D in clinical psychology, previous experience conducting structured interviews with children and youth (including the SIPS and/or KSADS), previous research experience related to clinical and neurocognitive markers of risk in development, and an interest in developing an independent research career related to elucidating predictors of clinical and functional outcome in youth at risk for serious mental illness. Previous experience in neuroimaging and/or EEG/ERP is considered a strength, but is not required. This is an ideal position for someone interested in pursuing an academic career related to either clinical neuroscience or basic developmental cognitive neuroscience. Opportunities to accrue clinical hours and supervision toward licensure will be available. We are looking for a two-year commitment. We offer a competitive package of salary and benefits, as well as a career development workshop within the lab. More information about the lab is available online at http://carterlab.ucdavis.edu. and http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/cabil/index.html. Applications, including a cover letter, CV, list of relevant course work, including undergraduate and graduate GPA, and references should be sent via email to Tara Niendam Ph.D., Associate Professor ().