Junior Specialist at University of California, Santa Barbara

August 13, 2021


Position title: Junior Specialist

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: November 1, 2021

Position duration: This will be a one-year position with a comprehensive benefits package with the possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred.


Open date: August 13th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 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.

The Yu Emotion Science (YES) Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Dr. Hongbo Yu, is seeking applications for an open, full-time position for a Junior Specialist with an anticipated start date of November 1, 2021. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales.

Participate fully in social psychology and cognitive neuroscience research. Responsibilities will include: assisting with study design and stimulus construction, assisting with recruiting and training undergraduate student RAs, scheduling, prescreening, and testing participants for behavioral and neuroimaging studies, data management, statistical analysis, assisting the PI and research team with presentations at lab meetings and at psychology and neuroscience conferences, and authorship on academic research articles.
Additional duties will include: contributing to administrative tasks of the lab, such as managing IRB protocols and reviews, and ordering, and maintaining lab supplies to assure all research projects are executed properly.

Candidates must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with others, have strong multi-tasking, problem-solving, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service appropriate to the position.




Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-At least 6 months of experience working in a research setting
-At least 6 months of experience working with neuroimaging data

Preferred qualifications

Previous work with fMRI data analysis and/or text analysis algorithms in a research setting is preferred. Candidates should be proficient at least in one programming language (e.g., Matlab, Python, Javascript), and be comfortable learning others when needed. Strong references and Cover letter.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Describing qualifications, research interests and career goals
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research and/or service.

Reference requirements

  • 2 required (contact information only)

Applicants that are strongly considered will have their references contacted prior to selection for interview.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02020

Help contact: pamelawilks@ucsb.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Santa Barbara, CA

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