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Junior Specialist - Computer Science

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: anticipated start is July 1 at the earliest, up to September 1, 2022
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: March 25th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Apr 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.

Position description

Dr. Michael Beyeler, PI of the Bionic Vision Lab ( in the Departments of Computer Science and Psychological & Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara, invites applications for a full-time position of a qualified Junior Specialist. The salary is based on UCSB's salary scales. This person will enable research as part of a team and, depending on experience level, may also conduct some independent research projects. The Bionic Vision Lab uses computational and experimental paradigms to elucidate the science behind bionic technologies that may one day restore useful vision to people living with incurable blindness.
Primary research duty is two-fold: 1) the collection of behavioral data by interacting with blind individuals implanted with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System at our participating sites (Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), 2) the facilitation of visual psychophysics study at UC Santa Barbara. Under the direction of the PI, this also includes recruiting participants for experiments, preparing stimulus presentation scripts, computer programming and configuring test 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. Additional responsibilities include training undergraduate research assistants, tracking study progress, and some administrative duties (e.g., IRB protocol management and overseeing lab operations).
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • A BA/BS or be enrolled in a BA/BS program in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or a related field at the time of application.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• A BA/BS degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or a related field must be conferred by the time of appointment

• 6+ months of experience running human behavioral studies

Preferred qualifications

•Visual psychophysics (particularly with elderly and/or clinical populations)
• Programming (particularly MATLAB and/or Python)
• The ability to work independently, efficiently, and comfortably in a multidisciplinary team environment; exceptional organization and problem-solving skills; attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication; a strong work ethic

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - We strongly encourage applicants to address their experience running human behavioral studies within this letter.

Reference requirements
  • 1-3 letters of reference required

Reference letters will be assessed to determine research potential.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA