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#110424 Neuroimaging Staff Research Associate

Extended Review Date: Mon 9/27/2021

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This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/19/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

This research study uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to examine which method or combination of methods best predict preoperative cognitive performances and postoperative cognitive decline in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.

Under supervision, the individual will work as a Staff Research Associate for studies bridging clinical neuropsychology, advanced neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience, primarily in patients with epilepsy. Duties will include: A) neuropsychological testing and scoring; B) recruitment and scheduling of patients and healthy controls; C) database creation and management; D) MRI, DTI, iEEG scanning; and E) data processing. The individual will gain experience in clinical and research settings working with healthy controls and patients with epilepsy and assisting with poster and paper presentations for publication and professional research conferences. The individual will also perform administrative support functions as needed such as assisting with IRB preparation and travel reimbursement.


  • Theoretical knowledge in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry or a related field.

  • Familiarity with normal and abnormal brain functioning (language and memory processing).

  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting research subjects and experience working with patient populations.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with potential study participants.

  • Experience in administering standard interviews and neuropsychological tests to participants (healthy controls and patients).

  • Effective writing skills for correspondence and completion of paperwork (i.e., assistance with grant and manuscript correspondence).

  • Experience in scoring neuropsychological tests, Matlab scripting and processing, creation of task stimuli to be used in neuroimaging experiments.

  • Proficiency in using database software and graphics programs including.

  • Familiarity with UNIX/LINUX based computer operating systems

  • Knowledge of LINUX / Matlab / SPSS.

  • Experience with MRI.

  • Background in cognitive neuroscience and knowledge of brain anatomy.

  • Working knowledge of research design and methodology.

  • Experience in neuropsychological testing and scoring.

  • Competence in statistical analysis programs.


  • Master's degree.
  • Familiarity with: Languages: MATLAB, Python, R; Databases: REDCAP, Excel, SPSS; Image Processing: Photoshop, Coreldraw; Operating Systems: UNIX/LINUX Statistics
  • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish for written and verbal communication.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including some evenings and weekends) required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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