Post-Baccalaureate Research Position in Translational Emotion Neuroscience and Development Lab, San Diego State University

March 14, 2023

Drs. Jillian Lee Wiggins (San Diego State University) and Lea Dougherty (University of Maryland College Park) and the Translational Emotion Neuroscience and Development Lab ( in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, CA is seeking to hire a full-time post-baccalaureate research assistant for an NIMH-funded research project examining neural mechanisms of risk and resilience in early childhood irritability. We use functional and structural MRI methods, observational laboratory-based measures, and clinical diagnostic interviews.

Successful candidates should have keen attention to detail; ability to work professionally with parents and children; and strong organization, problem solving, and analytic skills. Prior background in psychology, development, or neuroscience is also a plus but not required. We seek a post-bac who is motivated and ambitious, who is prepared for a hands-on research experience including the use of new tasks and techniques. Responsibilities will include: (1) scheduling and recruiting participants through varied social media/advertising means, (2) conducting experiments in young children (behavioral and MRI data collection) and interviewing parents using established protocols; (3) training and supervising undergraduate students; (4) contributing to administrative duties of the lab; and/or (5) assisting with research protocols and compliance.

This is a one-year position renewable contingent on performance and funding. Interested individuals should email a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Jillian Lee Wiggins at . Please include all documents in a single pdf file and include your last name in the file (i.e., “LASTNAME.pdf”).

SDSU is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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