Junior Specialist Cognition, Affect and Psychiatric Diagnoses

24 May 2018 10:33 AM | Anonymous

Junior Specialist Cognition, Affect and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for 1-2 qualified Junior Specialists to be involved in interdisciplinary studies investigating Cognition, Affect and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team. This candidate will work closely with Tony Simon, Ph.D. (PI).


The candidate for this position will be involved in interdisciplinary studies focusing on questions in Cognition, Affect, and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome in an effort to understand how the mind and brain is developing in both typical children and those with Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and how differences affect learning, behavior and psychiatric outcomes. The incumbent will be required to exercise discretion and judgment in the execution and interpretation of experiments and of the data derived.

General responsibilities include:


  • Specific research and technical activities will be to perform Clinical Interviews of Psychosis symptoms of individuals with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and screening of controls.
  • Interpret results with supervision of clinician.
  • Assist in preparing internal clinical reports based on those interpretations that summarize the clinical symptoms of the participants for research use only (60%),
  • Screen, recruit and schedule participants appropriate for the study (15%),
  • Perform calculations and summarize data according to protocol or as directed (5%)


  • Attend weekly lab meetings.
  • Attend biweekly Project core staff meetings to review MRI images, discuss progress and be involved in ongoing planning of project activities
  • Attend MIND Institute Research symposia and Distinguished Lecturer series presentations
  • Create and submit conference and/or symposium posters and presentations
  • Contribute significantly as an author to lab publications


  • Participate in and assist in planning special events related to 22q11.2 deletion syndrome such as the annual 22q at the Zoo event and the MIND Institute 22q11.deletion Annual Family Conference.
  • Participate in other community outreach activities where appropriate in order to present a strong positive image of the MIND Institute and its role in the community
  • Provide mentoring and information sharing with other MIND Institute employees


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience or related field.
  • Ability to be highly organized, creative, work independently with multiple research studies, and have attention to detail necessary.
  • Experience with Excel spreadsheets.


  • Excellent communication skills and ability to handle sensitive situations with families of children with developmental disabilities.
  • Extensive analytical and critical-thinking.
  • Strong computer and/or statistical skills.
  • Will be required to exercise discretion and judgment in the execution and interpretation of experiments and of the data derived. Must exhibit professional approach to work and attention to detail.


  • Experience working with developmentally disabled children or adults. MRI in clinical or research settings is highly desirable.
  • Background in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience desirable.

Step 1 - $38,112 annual (based on full time employment), or Step II - $40,656 annual (based on full time employment), commensurate with qualifications and experience.


For full consideration, applications must be received by May 18, 2018; however, the position will remain open through June 30, 2019, or until filled. To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02171 

Applicants should submit cover letter, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 3-5 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

© Copyright 2017 HSHPS - All Rights Reserved

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software