Dept. of Neurology, Division of Epilepsy Location: Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, UCSF Parnassus Campus Job Title: (TC: 3330) Junior Specialist (research) Appointment Type: Career Percentage 100% Shift Length 8 Hours Shift: Days Work Days: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summary: This is a research position in the Department of Neurology and Weill Institute of Neurosciences (Parnassus Campus) that involves the study of brain function and how diseases disrupt it, particularly epilepsy, which is one of the most common neurological disorders. Specifically, we are attempting to understand memory and cognition circuits in the brain, how to pinpoint where seizures start, and ultimately develop better treatments for these problems. You will work directly with doctors on cutting-edge technology using computer programming and data analysis, and also work with patients with epilepsy who contribute to our research studies.
Time range: This position is funded for 1 year at full-time (100% time), and possibly longer depending on additional funding availability.
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer science, statistics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or computational biology/neuroscience.
Demonstrated proficiency programming in Matlab or Python
Ability to work and interact positively with people from diverse backgrounds
At least some education/experience in clinical or basic science research and statistics
Able to work well both under guidance and independently
Organizational and efficiency skills including: planning and decision-making abilities to complete assigned duties in a timely manner, attention to detail, logical thinking/analytical abilities and problem solving skills
Enthusiasm and adaptability
Candidate must possess the required qualifications by the time of appointment.
Candidate’s CV and/or cover letter must list qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.
Knowledge of database creation and management, such as experience in RedCap, SQL server, MongoDB, or other similar platform
Knowledge +/- experience with signal processing analysis (such as fourier and wavelet methods)
Under the guidance and supervision of the supervisor, you will:
Assist in acquiring data from multiple sources including combining our existing clinical research datasets, surveys, and obtaining directly from electronic medical records.
Help create a single unified clinical research database with the datasets above
Perform data cleaning and integrity tasks: finding and correcting errors, inconsistencies, and missing data, in order to prepare data sets for statistical analysis.
Prepare new datasets for analysis and performing standard analyses (such as summary statistics), along with producing tables and graphs in software applications (e.g. Excel, Matlab, etc.)
Assist with user-interface software development
Occasionally work directly with people (patients) that are participating in our research studies.
Managing administrative items including IRB (Institutional Review Board) protocol submissions/updates, listservs, work calendars, event planning (e.g. research retreats) and conference travel arrangements.
Ensure confidentiality for sensitive documents (protected health information) as per institutional guidelines.
Well-qualified applicants should send the following:
Cover letter (2-page maximum) indicating current and future research interests and expected availability dates;
CV (curriculum vitae);
A concise list of computational/programming skills, and how they were applied toward prior research questions if applicable;
Example(s) of computer programming experience, such as a link to your public Github or Matlab File Exchange webpage if available;
Names/contact info for three references
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.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.