Junior Specialist – Ferreira and Henderson
Open date: April 13th, 2021
Next review date: Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Dr. Fernanda Ferreira and Dr. John Henderson in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis seek to fill a full-time position at the Junior Specialist level starting Fall 2021. This position is for one year.
The successful candidate will work on studies investigating how adults generate descriptions of complex visual scenes and how attention is allocated during complex scene viewing. The primary methodology to be used is eye movement monitoring, together with behavioral measures such as reaction time. Analysis of digitized speech will also be required, including generating and correcting transcriptions, categorizing speech samples into linguistic categories, and performing linguistic analyses of the speech (e.g., identifying lexical frequencies, etc.). Some research will be done remotely but all eyetracking work will be conducted in the PI’s lab in Young Hall on the UC Davis campus and at the Center for Mind and Brain.
The successful candidate will have completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or a related field, and will have experience testing subjects on the eyetracker and processing eyetracking data. The principal investigator will provide additional training in eyetracking data processing as well as guidance in how to train others in these data collection and processing procedures remotely and in person. Responsibilities will include training of other lab assistants in eyetracking testing and data analysis, testing of eyetracking subjects, processing and analyzing data, collecting and reviewing journal articles, engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, and contributing to the writing up of results for publication in scholarly journals and presentations at conferences. As appropriate, the individual would be a co-author on these presentations and publications.
Responsibilities will include:
(a) Conducting research
• Oversee day-to-day running of the labs, including preparation and maintenance of IRB materials and ensuring compliance with those protocols, ordering supplies, scheduling of subjects, maintenance of lab calendars, and other miscellaneous organizational tasks
• Train students and staff on use of the eyetrackers, including testing of subjects, light maintenance of equipment (e.g., cleaning supplies, making sure PPE is available)
• Train team members in the labs on processing and preparation of eyetracking data, linguistic data, and behavioral data
• Testing participants on the eyetrackers
• Assistance with development of scripts and programs for running eyetracking and behavioral experiments
• Preprocessing of eyetracking data for statistical analysis
• Assessment of data quality to evaluate need for changes to testing protocols
• Transcription of speech samples
• Categorization of speech into linguistic categories, analysis of speech with respect to variables such as frequency and linguistic co-occurrence using standard tools for performing linguistic analyses of speech samples
• Parsing of scenes into meaningful objects and regions using off-the-shelf computational tools
• Maintenance of calendars and sign-up forms for organizing undergraduate assistants’ time and use of lab testing rooms and other facilities
• Maintenance of the labs’ websites
(b) Developing research materials
• Develop experimental stimuli and other research materials using Experimenter Builder and other software and programming environments. These duties involve creative and scholarly input which will have a direct impact on the experimental design—for example, making decisions about the features and counterbalancing of stimuli.
• Creating scene stimuli for use in eyetracking experiments.
(c) Activities Related to the Dissemination of Research
• Participate in weekly discussions of relevant literature, and conduct literature reviews relevant to the work being conducted.
• Attend live or remote conferences to present the results of the research.
• Conduct independent data analysis.
• Assist in preparation of annual and final reports for research grants.
• Contribute to the writing and preparation of manuscripts for publication.
• Contribute to the preparation of posters and talks for conference presentations.
(d) Preparation of public-facing reports and briefings
• Drafting and formatting accessible summaries of research findings for broader university and public audiences.
University and Public Service (15%):
(e) Undergraduate research assistant training and mentoring
• Train and mentor undergraduate students on subject testing, data coding, and data analysis protocols.
• Train and mentor undergraduate students on use of software such as Excel, Google sheets/slides/docs
• Assist in drafting social media communications describing published research studies and lab preprints designed to promote information about research findings and lab scientists to a broad audience, to be distributed over social media.
Position qualifications include:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or a related field.
Prior experience working with eyetrackers and eyetracking data. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Preferred: Familiarity with IRB protocols and IRBnet; experience with R, Python, and/or Matlab
Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest describing relevant skills, a resume/ curriculum vitae (CV), contact information for 2 or 3 references, and a statement on contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. Visit here for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
- Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or a related field.
- Prior experience working with eyetrackers and eyetracking data. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Preferred qualifications: Familiarity with IRB protocols and IRBnet; experience with R, Python, and/or Matlab
- Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
- Cover Letter
- Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit here for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
- 2-3 required (contact information only)