Dr. Michael Beyeler, PI of the Bionic Vision Lab (http://bionicvisionlab.org) in the Departments of Computer Science and Psychological & Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara, invites applications for a full time position of a qualified Junior Specialist with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. This will be a will be a one-year position. The salary is based on UCSB's salary scales.
This person will enable research as part of a team and, depending on experience level, may also conduct some independent research projects. The Bionic Vision Lab uses computational and experimental paradigms to study the neural mechanisms of visual perception in people with vision loss and develops advanced stimulation strategies for different bionic eye technologies, with the ultimate goal of restoring useful vision to people who are blind.
Primary research duty is the collection of behavioral data by interacting with blind individuals implanted with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. Under the direction of the PI, this also includes recruiting patients for experiments, preparing stimulus presentation scripts, computer programming and configuring test 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.
Additional responsibilities include training undergraduate research assistants, tracking study progress, and some administrative duties (e.g., IRB protocol management and overseeing lab operations).
An undergraduate degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or a related field is required on the anticipated start date of July 1st, 2021.
Experience with any of the following is highly desirable:
Visual psychophysics (particularly with elderly and/or clinical populations)
Programming (particularly Matlab and/or Python)
Statistical analysis software (e.g., R)
The ability to work independently, efficiently, and comfortably in a multidisciplinary team environment; exceptional organization and problem-solving skills; attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication; a strong work ethic.
Please apply here: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01971
Applications received by May 17, 2021 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.
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. 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.
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