Specialist – Shirvalkar/Chang Lab University of California, San Francisco Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco is hiring an Assistant, Associate, or Full rank Specialist. This position will work closely with the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. The Specialist will primarily support projects studying brain-based mechanisms of chronic pain and anxiety and how neuromodulation can relieve these symptoms. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, collection and statistical analysis of neuroimaging and electrophysiology data (MRI, intracranial EEG [iEEG] and EEG); behavioral psychophysical task data; and quantitative data from standardized questionnaires. Multimodal data types include time series (human iEEG, EEG) and behavioral score reports obtained using state-of-the-art deep-brain stimulation device technology. Analysis of the multimodal neural-behavioral datasets may entail use of methods for dimensionality reduction, clustering, supervised and unsupervised learning, predictive modeling and the like. Accordingly, data analysis spearheaded by the incumbent is expected to include standard and specialized statistical modeling and data mining methods, extending to machine-learning approaches (including deep-learning algorithms), and will require enthusiasm for learning and using new software tools (e.g., EEGLab., Fieldtrip). Analytic tool development performed by the Specialist will involve developing programming scripts and code sets that can also be used by the larger team. There will be the opportunity to innovate and develop new methods in data science / signal analysis of EEG and psychophysical tasks. The Specialist will also work closely with the research team to assess strengths and weaknesses of analytic approaches and propose new directions for analysis. An academic appointee, the Specialist will write reports, scholarly clinical research abstracts, posters, and manuscripts for publication and can expect to be credited as an author for such contributions. The Specialist will work closely with clinicians, researchers, clinical research coordinators and trainees as part of a highly focused, highly productive team. There will be opportunities to shadow clinicians and/or observe spinal cord stimulator implant and other surgeries as part of our research data collection processes. The Specialist will report study progress to investigators and UCSF collaborators through formal and informal presentations, and perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: • Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree in a STEM field or must have at least five years or more years of research experience. • Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Terminal degree in a STEM field or must have at least ten or more years of research experience. • Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission. • Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire. • 2+ years of statistical analysis or computational modeling experience in research and/or professional environments. • Proficiency in Python and/or MATLAB programming. • Highly functional professional orientation, including attention to detail; strong interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills to coordinate with subjects, team members, other departments and outside institutions; and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. • Responsiveness to emails and text messages sent by colleagues throughout the work day. • Ability to work well independently, complete projects in a timely manner, and prioritize multiple projects to ensure the completion of essential tasks by deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications: • CITI Human subjects training (can be completed after hire). • Proficiency in C# programming language. • Basic coursework or some practical experience in electrical engineering or electrical circuits. • Biomedical research experience (animal or human studies). • Experience in the application of advanced statistical analysis of neurophysiology data or comparable high-dimensional data types • Ability to develop data-analysis scripts for use by the larger team • Experience with database development and/or management
Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.
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.