Employment Opportunities

Academic Coordinator 1- Training Grant Administrator

The 100% Academic Coordinator position in the College of Biological Sciences, Center for Neuroscience, will assist with coordination and management of two NIH-funded training programs (Basic Neuroscience, and Learning, Memory and Plasticity Training programs).

Both training programs require support from the academic coordinator for program development and implementation, compliance monitoring, and supervision and submission of yearly evaluation and progress reports.

Responsibility for the administration and coordination of the Training Programs:

Curriculum and mentoring responsibilities in this category include coordinating core training activities with the Training Program Directors, members of the Program Executive Committee, and faculty trainers; informal mentoring of graduate student trainees, including helping trainees plan research presentations, additional training activities, travel to scientific conferences, and other related activities.

Program administration and management: The academic coordinator works with the T32 Pls to coordinate assessment of the training program; drafts annual reports to the National Institutes of Health and other reports, as needed; provides major support for the writing and preparation for training-related grant applications; organizes research seminars, workshops, conferences, and an annual retreat sponsored by the training program; and monitors the training program budget.

Outreach: The academic coordinator has major responsibility for coordinating recruiting and admissions activities for the training program, including recruitment of under-represented minorities. In addition, the academic coordinator represents the training program at national meetings and conferences; maintains a presence for the training program on its web site; acts as a liaison with other T32 training programs at UC Davis and nationally; and coordinates training activities with other UC Davis units, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The academic coordinator also will manage and maintain the training program web page.

The academic coordinator will participate in professional and service activities as needed, including attending conferences.

The candidate will participate in the administration of their units and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation. The candidate will participate in service activities on UC Davis and National committees. In addition, they may represent the University in their special capacity as scholars during the discharge of their responsibilities.

Background of academic training and/or experience. Master’s or equivalent or other appropriate degree Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and execute primary support responsibilities. Effective interpersonal communication skills to maintain an effective, positive and cooperative relationship with staff, students, faculty, co-workers, public and outside contractors.

Apply at the link below. Application deadline is Sept. 29, 2017.


Junior Specialist- Center for Neuroscience, UC Davis

Full-time (40 hours/week) 

Start date:  as soon as possible, but no later than November 1, 2017

Due to funding this position has a fixed end date of June 30, 2018

Seeking Junior Specialist for Arne Ekstrom and Erie Boorman to program virtual reality exploration studies using the software package Landmarks and the coding language Unity. The Ekstrom Lab currently works with an omnidirectional treadmill integrated with a virtual headset display, allowing independent movement, head turns, and body rotations. Under the supervision of the PI, the primary responsibility of the junior specialist will be working with graduate students to develop experiments involving this VR set-up, and, given sufficient progress, development of her/his own experimental paradigm involving the set-up.

Advanced signal processing on 64 channel EEG data obtained from freely ambulating participants. These data are in the process of being collected by a graduate students in the lab and the junior specialist will assist in 1) removal of artifacts using the software package EEG lab 2) analysis of the data using time-frequency approaches. Writing/editing and presenting scientific abstracts and contributing to writing scientific manuscripts. The junior specialist will also be asked to present the results, along with the graduate student, at scientific meetings such as the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Society for Neuroscience.

Collecting data from patients with implanted electrodes at UC Davis Medical Center. The junior specialist will run and program paradigms primarily created and overseen by Dr. Erie Boorman. In addition, the candidate will contribute to fine-tuning a preprocessing pipeline for intracranial EEG data.

General lab duties and academic training, including assistance with lab computing resources, presenting research articles and study findings at lab meetings, as well as submitting and editing IRBs and coordinating undergraduate testing.

The Junior Specialist’s contributions will be acknowledged by co-authorship in any publication that results from this research, if appropriate. Developing these experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation skills represents an excellent academic training opportunity for a Junior Specialist to build on during their graduate studies.

University and Public Service
Junior Specialists at the Center for Neuroscience participate in and help organize a variety of community outreach activities during Brain Awareness Week. Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. For one week every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the global efforts of over 2,200 universities, hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, schools, service and professional organizations in 76 countries in a week-long celebration of the brain.

Requirements: BS/BA in Neuroscience, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, or related field. Working knowledge of computer programming, scalp EEG analysis, and behavioral design strongly encouraged.

How to apply:  For full consideration applications should be received by September 15, 2017.

Please submit your application on line at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01821

Note: UC Davis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.