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Assistant or Associate Specialist

Application Window

Open date: July 13th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jul 28, 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: Saturday, Jan 13, 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

Assistant or Associate Specialist
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco

Under the general direction of Dr. Kristin Sellers, Professional Researcher, the person in this role will contribute to scientific-research programs and research-projects for the UCSF Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders, and specifically the Dolby Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation Study for Treatment-Resistant Major Depression (NCT04004169).
Responsibilities will include: Contributing to the progress of research processes/strategies; analysis supporting clinical trial NCT04004169, including time/frequency analysis of large-scale and longitudinal human electrophysiological data, peripheral physiological data, and symptom reports. This person will employ machine learning techniques to develop and test models of neural representations of disease symptom states; contribution to regulatory submissions to IRB and FDA; communication with collaborators (industrial and non-industrial); assist with patient recruitment, communication, and management throughout the trial; contribute materials to grant submissions; prepare conference presentations and academic publications.

Required Qualifications:
• Master's or equivalent degree in research-based science (e.g. Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, or related fields).
• Experience working with patients in a psychiatric setting, particularly individuals with severe depression or anxiety.
• Advanced knowledge of clinical research, signal processing, time series analyses, EEG/ECoG/iEEG, advanced statistics, Python, brain stimulation therapies, neural modelling, biomarker development, and brain stimulation and recording techniques.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to the design and successful completion and troubleshooting of experiments, data analysis and reporting.
• Be an innovative and "out-of-the box" thinker who excels in novel discoveries in multidisciplinary fields.
• Proven skills and experience in independently resolving broad problems that may arise in collection or analysis of laboratory data.
• Self-motivated with ability to work independently and as part of a team. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated experience and ability to collaborate effectively with all levels of staff; technical, students, faculty and administrators.
• Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization and to external research and education audiences.
• Proven ability to successfully work on multiple concurrent projects.
• Demonstrate high integrity and professionalism to work with patient data in a HIPAA-compliant and ethically responsible manner.
• Ability to effectively manage his/her own time.
• Ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and other lab members and other labs/contract research organization/other academic medical centers/consultants.
• Candidates must meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment.
• Candidate’s application materials must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Post-graduate training in field
• Independent specialized research

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and statement of research.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details:

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy found here:

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA