tDCS Technical Coordinator Junior Specialist
This position is to serve as a technical study coordinator for the "Effects of PFC tDCS on Cognitive Control, Attention Lapses and Coordinated Neural Activity in the Theta and Alpha Bands" project at UC Davis Medical Center working with Dr. Cameron Carter and Dr. Megan Boudewyn. The goal of the proposed research is to use a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to test a theoretical model in which attention lapses are regulated by the suite of cognitive control functions mediated by the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Specifically, we will use tDCS in combination with electrophysiology (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to examine stimulation-induced changes in neural activity related to cognitive control in healthy adults.
The incumbent will coordinate many aspects of the research study. The incumbent will conduct tDCS, EEG and MRI experiment sessions. This will require the incumbent to consent study participants, schedule research appointments, and monitor progress through the study procedures. The incumbent will also recruit research participants and manage study IRB protocols, adhering strictly to privacy and confidentiality laws. The incumbent will also manage data collection and organization, including mentoring undergraduate volunteers in the input of data to multiple databases. Furthermore, the incumbent will be expected to actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help research assistants in the lab to develop their career goals. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Previous experience with data collection and processing, particularly with tDCS, EEG and/or MRI, is desirable. This job posting is now live! Please complete applications here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03889. For full consideration, you must apply by midnight on December 9th, 2020.
Several New Research Assistant Positions To Be Posted between December 2020 and March 2021
We are expecting to post three or four new positions in the coming months to work on newly funded studies. Applicants with both technical and clinical skills/interests will be recruited. One study explores the effects of cannabis on patients with psychotic disorders, and includes fMRI, structural MRI, diffusion MRI, and evaluation of metabolic and inflammatory factors. The second study, which also uses fMRI, structural MRI, and diffusion MRI, focuses on cognitive control and reward circuitry and the role of dopamine and inflammatory factors in psychotic disorders. Please check this page for updates in December and January.