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Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open November 20th, 2020 through Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Assistant Project Scientist
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Position Description
We seek an experienced scientist to advance our research at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Neurosurgery in the laboratory of Dr. Itzhak Fried.

Dr. Fried’s research involves the investigations of the neural mechanisms of memory and cognition in humans. We collect and analyze electrophysiological data including single neuron activity and local field potentials from human epilepsy patients during a variety of memory and cognitive tasks, examine the relationships between neural signals and behavior, as well as the effects of electrical stimulation on neural signals and cognition. The successful applicant will be capable of: planning long-term timelines, conducting and coordinating multiple projects, supervising researchers in various stages of the projects, applying for grants, and presenting findings to the scientific community.

Specific Responsibilities
The successful candidate will work on multiple projects in parallel. Major duties include: contributing to the study design and data collection; improvising novel analysis techniques to interpret experimental data; guiding ongoing research projects; supervising students and researchers on current projects; presenting data at scientific events; preparing and submitting manuscripts and abstracts detailing the results; and assisting with grant preparations.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Biophysics, Neuroscience or a related field with a minimum of 2 years experience as a postdoctoral researcher and 4 years of research experience in neuroscience in an academic setting or equivalent

The candidate is required to have experience in research areas that include but are not exclusive to human system neuroscience, specifically: human learning and memory, statistical analysis of neural data, signal processing, machine learning (and deep learning), significant experience in programming (MATLAB and Python are preferred) and mathematical modeling.

Additional Duties
• Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.• Ability to work independently on scientific projects• Required to communicate well with other scientists. • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.

Document requirements
•Curriculum Vitae (updated)
•Statement of Research
•Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
•Cover Letter (Optional)
•Statement of Research (Optional)

Application procedure: Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system at along with CV, bibliography, statement of research, and statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy

Please be advised that the final candidate recommended for hire into a critical (or otherwise designated) position will be required to successfully complete a background investigation. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

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Job location

Los Angeles, California

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Bibliography