Assistant/Associate Scientist in Behavioral Development of Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant / Associate Project Scientist

Job #JPF04320

Application Window

Open date: August 16th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant / Associate Project Scientist in the behavioral development of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, with an emphasis on language development.

This position will require the applicant to contribute to research on the development of language, cognition, and behavior in individuals with Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and related neurodevelopmental conditions. Experience required in assessment of these populations and at least some experience in research on cross-linguistic comparisons. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to research on how to test and develop strategies to improve development in affected individuals. The candidate should have some experience in, and understanding of, biomarkers in these populations as well. The candidate will contribute to the execution of ongoing studies, as well as assist in securing future funding, including preparing competitive grant applications. The candidate will be expected to publish manuscripts in related areas and present scientific data at conferences. The candidate will also be expected to conduct assessments within the context of research studies and help train other lab personnel in these assessments.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant / Associate rank. The selected candidate will be hired at the Assistant / Associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

This position is open August 15, 2021. Applications should be submitted by September 1, 2021 for initial consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled or June 30, 2022. The start date will be January of 2022. To apply please complete an application at:

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, and individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualified candidates must possess a Ph.D. in psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience, communicative disorders, or a related discipline, have been awarded the Ph.D. within the past 10 years, and have a minimum of 4 years of experience beyond the Ph.D. and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications. The successful applicant will have a background in behavioral, neuropsychological, or language assessment focused on neurodevelopmental conditions in a research setting, as well as on the analysis of longitudinal data. Must have knowledge of, and experience working with, people who have Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or related neurodevelopmental conditions.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
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Sacramento, CA