The Developmental Social Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas (https://labs.utdallas.edu/dsanlab/), directed by Dr. Leehyun Yoon, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant I to begin in January 2024. The position requires a minimum of a one-year commitment. A two-year commitment is preferred. Our research uses behavioral tasks, functional and structural neuroimaging, computational modeling, and longitudinal data analysis to investigate the mechanisms of self-referential processing and social motivation/behavior in young people (ages 10 – 25) and their link to mental health outcomes and social functioning. Dr. Yoon strives to build a collaborative and stimulating lab environment (see https://labs.utdallas.edu/dsanlab/values/) and promote the careers of trainees. The lab’s ongoing projects include the neural mechanisms of updating self-esteem through social comparison in social media and achievement-related contexts. The Research Assistant I will be responsible for the general administration and supervision of the lab, as well as conducting experiments in collaboration with the PI and other lab members. The Research Assistant I will have an opportunity to experience all aspects of research processes and opportunities for authorship. This position would be ideal for candidates considering future graduate study in related fields. The desired start date is January 2024, but is flexible.
Preferred Education and Experience:
· BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, human development, data science, or a related field.
· Excellent organizational, planning, time management, problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills.
· Ability to efficiently search information on the web and follow complex instructions.
· Prior experience with programming, data wrangling, human subject data collection, and behavioral/fMRI data analysis is highly desired, but not required.
· Prior experience managing teams of people.
· Prior experience working with children and adolescents.
· Interest in human social motivation, self-esteem, adolescent depression, and the brain’s reward, emotion, and self-processing circuitry is a plus.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Conducting systematic literature review
· Setting up access to open datasets and arranging data of the lab’s interest
· Recruiting, scheduling, and testing participants at ages 10 to 25
· Coordinating and training research assistants
· Ordering laboratory supplies as directed by senior research staff
· Assisting with IRB applications and modifications
· Assisting with or leading behavioral and fMRI data analysis
· Assisting with the preparation of materials for reports or publication
Interested applicants should submit their (1) CV, (2) a brief cover letter describing why they want to join the lab, research interest/experience, qualifications, future goals, and ideal start date, and (3) contact information for 2-3 references.
Application site: https://jobs.utdallas.edu/postings/24798