Open Positions

There are open positions at the Geography Department:

There is one position open at Geography:

There is one position open at NCEAS:

The Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking a Junior Specialist who will enable research as part of a team.

The Spatial Neuroscience Lab uses dynamic and interdisciplinary research methods to answer questions about how the brain processes information to keep us oriented as we navigate through a complicated world. Our primary techniques are fully immersive virtual reality and neuroscience brain imaging using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG). The position is ideal for recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate work in cognitive neuroscience, medicine, geography, psychology, or bioengineering as a way to gain experience and make scientific and scholarly contributions to neuroscience.

Duties: Primary research responsibilities include recruiting participants for experiments, preparing stimulus presentation scripts, data collection for neuroimaging and immersive virtual reality experiments, computer programming and configuring testing computers for behavioral testing, writing and editing code to process, analyze and visualize experimental data, and assisting the research team in processing and analyzing data from these experiments. Laboratory management responsibilities include training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, tracking study progress, and some administrative duties (e.g. IRB protocol management and overseeing lab operations).

    Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, psychology, geography, biomedical sciences, or a related field and previous research experience.
    Additional Qualifications:

  • The ability to work independently, efficiently, and comfortably in a multidisciplinary team environment; exceptional organizational and problem solving skills; attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication; a strong work ethic.
    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with any of the following is highly desirable: programming (particularly Matlab and python), neuroimaging analysis software (e.g. SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), statistical analysis software (e.g. R, SPSS), experimental software (e.g. EPrime, Unity).

Initial appointment is for one year (beginning approximately July 1st, 2017) at 100%, with a comprehensive benefit package. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications.

To apply, please go to the following link []
Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests and career goals, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) contact information (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) for 3 references who can provide letters upon request.

Applications will be accepted through Friday June 16th, 2017. The Department anticipates a start date in July.

The 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 and 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.
Job location
Santa Barbara, CA

Cover Letter
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Graduate Student Research Assistant NCEAS

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis seeks to fill multiple positions for graduate student research assistants working at the interface of computing and ecology.

The ideal candidates will have training or strong interest in some combination of information management, analytical programming, and the biological and/or geospatial sciences. Experience designing, developing, and supporting Web-enabled databases using tools such as LAMP or LAPP stacks, PostGIS, and Django; and data management and analysis experience with software such as R, Matlab, Python, or SAS, is desirable.

Responsibilities of the positions will include:

  • Interviewing and working with NCEAS’ scientists to create customized Web-enabled databases to support synthesis research topics.
  • Working with researchers to document and archive ecological and environmental data

The graduate assistants will work closely with resident and visiting scientists as well as the scientific computing staff at NCEAS.

We seek assistance for ten or more hours per week. Salary negotiable and may be comparable to a teaching assistantship; includes benefits and offset of registration fees. Please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, a CV or resume, and complete contact information for two references to both Dr. Stephanie Hampton (), NCEAS Deputy Director, and Dr. Mark Schildhauer, NCEAS Director of Computing ().