DESCRIPTION - Broadly, the Translational Cognitive and Affective (TCAN) Laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in psychotic illness. 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. Depending on their contribution and role in the lab the incumbent may have the opportunity to contribute to writing and review of relevant manuscripts. Furthermore, the incumbent may have the opportunity to creatively contribute to the research project by proposing alternative analysis strategies, generate novel projects with existing data, review literature for manuscript preparation, and the ability to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (if funding is available). The incumbent will be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with the PI and others in the lab. The incumbent will also participate in one or more of the following activities: appropriate professional/technical societies or groups, such as our weekly career development group and other educational and research organizations; and review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise. 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.
DEGREE REQUIREMENT - Bachelor's Degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, computer science or a related field
Recruit and consent individuals to research study
Coordinate the scheduling of research appointments with other junior specialists on the project and track completion of all research appointments for the study.
Assign appropriate tasks and provide mentor ship to research assistants and volunteers
Attend weekly meetings with clinic staff, track consensus diagnosis and reconcile research data with ongoing clinical developments
Coordinate advertising and recruitment of study participants using multiple methods (e.g., paper flyering, electronic postings).
Ensure an adequate supply of study materials (e.g., blood tubes, latex gloves, etc.)
Data Collection and Organization
Conduct behavioral assessments with research participants including computerized and paper-and-pencil tests of multiple aspects of cognitive functioning.
Conduct tDCS, EEG and MRI scan sessions with all participants
Maintain databases of all study data, including demographic, symptom, and cognitive data.
Maintain organized records for all participants in locked filing cabinets
Use knowledge of computer programming to perform data analysis of collected data
IRB Protocol Maintenance
Maintain HIPAA and Consent documents for IRB, including adhering to required privacy laws
Maintain accurate enrollment counts
Calculate quarterly enrollment counts for submission to funding sources
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE - This position requires strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work independently, and as part of a team. The incumbent may have the opportunity to submit data for presentation at relevant conferences, such as the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (if funding is available).
5% Professional Competence
? Actively participate in weekly lab meetings, journal club presentations, presentations from outside speakers, and weekly workshops to help incumbents develop their career goals.
? Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and/or review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE - The incumbent will mentor undergraduate student assistants in the lab.
? Provide mentor ship to undergraduate research assistants
? Incumbent will participate in and help organize a variety of community outreach activities at the Imaging
? Ensure lab volunteers are trained on appropriate lab procedures
? Assist with daily lab maintenance
Bachelor's degree in psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, computer science or a related field
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and execute primary support responsibilities
Commitment to scientific research responsibilities and objectives
Experience collecting and organizing data
Scheduling and/or calendaring experience
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work demands simultaneously
Effective interpersonal communication skills to maintain an effective, positive and cooperative relationship with staff, students, faculty, co-workers, public and outside contractors
Fluency in Spanish (oral & written)
Previous experience collecting tDCS, EEG or MRI data
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