Position Title: UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment: Staff Research Associate/Lab Coordinator for Autism Neuroimaging Studies
Position Category: Research Assistants
Description: We are seeking a lab coordinator (Staff Research Associate; SRA) for multiple MRI studies of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders at UCLA (PIs: Drs. Susan Bookheimer, Mirella Dapretto, and Shulamite Green). We are seeking an independent, highly motivated candidate to coordinate participant screening, recruitment, data collection (including acquisition of MRI data as well as behavioral and psychophysiological data), and data management. The SRA will also assist with preparing IRB correspondence, grants and publications, as well as training and supervising undergraduate research assistants. Prior background in psychology/neuroscience is required; experience with neuroimaging methods, particularly fMRI, is strongly preferred. Programming skills are a definite plus. A minimum 2-year commitment is required though exceptions will be considered for applicants with significant prior neuroimaging experience.
Required: B.A./B.S. in Psychology /Neuroscience or related fields (e.g., Psychobiology) Demonstrated capacity to work independently with minimal supervision as well as ability to work collaboratively in a team Ability to assess situations and problem-solve using own judgment Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with other researchers, staff, students, and PIs, as well as with research participants and their parents Experience interacting with children and/or adolescents Experience with computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Preferred: Experience coordinating research studies with vulnerable/clinical populations Experience collecting and/or analyzing behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI, or genetic data Ability to multi-task and work in parallel on multiple projects Knowledge of graphics programs (e.g., PhotoShop) and statistical software (e.g., SysStat, SPSS) Knowledge of UNIX operating system and MRI analysis software (e.g., FSL, AFNI) Experience with R, Matlab, or other programming systems