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Junior Specialist - Lapate Laboratory, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 24B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $52,600 to 56,000 annually. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 2024
Position duration: This will be a will be a full time one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: December 20, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 24, 2024 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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

The Lapate Laboratory within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open, full-time Junior Specialist position. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales. The laboratory is looking for an exceptional individual with particular emphasis in the areas of Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Under the direction of Dr. Regina Lapate, the Lapate Laboratory seeks to understand the neural mechanisms underlying behaviors related to emotional processing and regulation using techniques including neuroimaging, EEG, and psychophysiological recordings (EMG, EDA). Ongoing projects include studies of the prefrontal organization of cognitive control in emotion, emotion-motor interactions, and temporal coding and memory during emotional processing.

Responsibilities of the Junior Specialist will include engaging in specialized research associated with ongoing projects, including behavioral and neuroimaging studies interrogating neural mechanisms of cognitive regulation of emotion and the influence of emotion on memory and cognitive control. The Junior Specialist will assist with recruiting, organizing, and scheduling participants, conducting literature reviews, developing/programming experiments, acquiring and analyzing data (behavioral, EEG, fMRI), and preparing results for presentation. The Junior Specialist will also assist with training of research volunteers, and managing research protocols.

Further information about the Lapate Laboratory can be found at:

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)

Applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a BA or BS program in psychology or a related field (neuroscience, computer science, applied mathematics, biology, etc.) by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-Applicants must have their bachelors degree conferred by the start date of the position.
-Demonstrated potential for excellence in research as evidenced by previous laboratory experience or research assistant positions (6+ months duration),
conference presentations, and/or publications.

-Will have a demonstrated record of academic excellence as evidenced by outstanding grades in relevant courses (major GPA of 3.0 or higher).

Preferred qualifications

-Preferred candidates will have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher, experience with programming tools (UNIX, bash, MATLAB/Python programming), a strong college math background (linear algebra) and/or statistics, and previous research experience with human subjects (1 or more years).
-Demonstrated potential for excellence in research as evidenced by previous conference presentations, and/or publications.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Undergraduate Transcripts

  • Publication #1 (Optional)

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants that are strongly considered will have their references contacted prior to selection for interview

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA