[visionlist] Research Assistant Position – UCSB

Research Assistant Position – UCSB

A Research Assistant/Lab Manager position is available in Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil’s lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We are seeking someone who
will enable research as part of a team and, depending on experience level, may
also conduct some independent research projects. The Spatial Neuroscience Lab
uses dynamic and interdisciplinary research methods to answer questions about
how the brain processes information to keep us oriented as we navigate through
a complicated world.  Our primary
techniques are fully immersive virtual reality (VR) and neuroscience brain imaging using
functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG).  The position is ideal for recent graduates
interested in pursuing graduate work in cognitive neuroscience, medicine,
geography, psychology, or bioengineering as a way to gain experience and make
scientific and scholarly contributions to neuroscience. 


Duties:  Primary research responsibilities include
recruiting participants for experiments, preparing stimulus presentation
scripts, data collection for neuroimaging and immersive virtual reality
experiments, computer programming and configuring testing computers for
behavioral testing, writing and editing code to process, analyze and visualize
experimental data, and assisting the research team in processing and analyzing
data from these experiments. Laboratory management responsibilities include
training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, tracking study
progress, and some administrative duties (e.g. IRB protocol management and
overseeing lab operations). 



degree in neuroscience, psychology, geography, biomedical sciences, or a
related field and previous research experience.

The ability to
work independently, efficiently, and comfortably in a multidisciplinary team
environment; exceptional organizational and problem solving skills; attention
to detail; excellent written and verbal communication; a strong work


Experience with
any of the following is highly desirable: programming (particularly Matlab and
python), neuroimaging analysis software (e.g. SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), statistical
analysis software (e.g. R, SPSS), experimental software (e.g. EPrime, Unity).


appointment is for one year, continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and
availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales and
dependent upon qualifications.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Chrastil (chrastil@ucsb.edu).  She will be attending the Vision Sciences Society conference this year, and can set up a time to meet with interested candidates at VSS.


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