Assistant Project Scientist

Los Angeles, California
Aug 28, 2020
Sep 27, 2020
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time
Senior Level

Assistant Project Scientist Position

A Project Scientist position (assistant or associate rank) is available in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science's Center for Cognitive Neurosciences to study the neural phenotypes associated with perception, self- identity, emotion, and reward in psychiatric populations and in transgender individuals.

Description: Our lab uses multiple neuroimaging modalities (fMRI, EEG, diffusion MRI, and structural MRI) and psychophysical experiments to understand phenotypes across disorders of body image, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, and gender dysphoria. We employ computational techniques for modeling behavioral, physiological, and neural responses, as well as machine learning prediction algorithms using multimodal imaging and non-imaging data. In addition, we are developing and testing novel, personalized 3D techniques for assessment of body perception. UCLA has a wealth of neuroimaging and clinical resources, as well as support for career development. You will be joining a productive and collaborative group that utilizes advanced neuroimaging techniques yet is also grounded in a strong clinical understanding of phenomenology of psychiatric and other populations.

Requirements: Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, biostatistics, physics, psychology, or related field. We are looking for candidates with experience in the analysis of fMRI data – including statistical analysis software such as FSL, AFNI, SPM, or others – and interest in advanced computational modeling with multimodal data and machine learning. The successful applicant will be able to function independently, work on more than one project at a time in a team setting, and lead and mentor students and research assistants. The successful applicant will also have excellent computing and programming skills (Matlab, Python, R, bash scripting), verbal and written English skills, and an aptitude for writing manuscripts and grant applications.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and consistent with the UCLA Project Scientist series salary scales. Interested candidates should submit: i) a research statement (1-2 pages) that describes your past research experience and future goals, and reference to current or planned diversity activities*, and ii) curriculum vitae, bibliography to the application portal at   For other questions, please contact Dr. Jamie Feusner at

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