Junior Specialist—META Laboratory

The Memory, Emotion, Thought, Awareness (META) Laboratory within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open, part-time Junior Specialist position. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and availability of funding. Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Schooler, the META Laboratory combines empirical, philosophical, and contemplative traditions and addresses broad questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Junior Specialist will engage in specialized research associated with social psychology (e.g. the impact of perceived financial well-being on giving) and/or cognitive topics (e.g. the effects of verbalization on memory). The position will assist the PI in the design and implementation of web-based studies using Qualtrics and training undergraduate research assistants. Specialized knowledge will be used to assist the PI in research related to eliciting dramatic improvements in health, fulfillment, cognitive abilities, gene expression, and brain dynamics. In addition, the Junior Specialist will contribute to administrative related to with the PI on paperwork associated with IRB and grants.

Experience performing research in a laboratory setting and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent is expected by the start of the appointment.

Preference will be given to applicants who hold experience data analysis using SPSS, R, or other statistical software and have proficiency in proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

How to Apply:
Application materials must be submitted by June 30, 2017. The expected start date for the position is October 1, 2017. This position is for one year with the possibility of renewal dependent upon funding.

Interested applicants must apply online via UC Recruit at:

Only candidates who submit the following materials will receive full consideration:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Contact Information for 2 References

The Psychological & Brain Sciences Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. 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.