Junior Specialist—Spatial Thinking Lab

The Spatial Thinking Laboratory within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for an open, half-time Junior Specialist position. Under the direction of Dr. Mary Hegarty, the laboratory contributes to research on individual differences in spatial cognition, and their implications for everyday tasks such as navigation and learning science.

The successful candidate will engage in specialized research assisting with an NSF-funded research project studying the nature of spatial thinking and expertise in chemistry. This will include working as part of a team to recruit participants for experiments, prepare stimulus presentation scripts, collect data using experimental software and cognitive ability tests. In addition, the position will include administrative tasks such as purchasing and maintaining laboratory supplies, managing IRB protocols, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, updating the lab website, and coordinating meetings and other activities in the laboratory.

Applicants should be highly motivated individuals with good organizational and communication skills, excellent attention to detail, and a strong work ethic. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in psychology, biopsychology, or a closely related field is expected by the start of the appointment. Knowledge of organic chemistry, and experience with 3-d modeling software, statistical analysis software (SPSS, R) and/or experimental software (E-Prime, PsychoPy) is preferred.

How to Apply
Application materials must be submitted by June 5, 2017. The expected start date for the position is July 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 describing your qualifications, research interests, and career goals.
3. Contact Information (including names, email addresses and telephone numbers) for 2 references who can provide letters on request.

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.