Dr. Liz Chrastil, PI of the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, is seeking a Junior or Assistant Specialist/Research Assistant. This person will enable research as part of a team and, depending on experience level, may also conduct some independent research projects. The Spatial Neuroscience Lab uses dynamic and interdisciplinary research methods to answer questions about how the brain processes information to keep us oriented as we navigate through a complicated world. Our primary techniques are fully immersive virtual reality (VR) and human brain imaging using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). The position is ideal for recent graduates interested in pursuing graduate work in cognitive neuroscience, medicine, psychology, or bioengineering as a way to gain experience and make scientific and scholarly contributions to neuroscience. 

Duties: Primary research responsibilities include recruiting participants for experiments, preparing experimental presentation scripts in Unity, data collection for immersive virtual reality and neuroimaging experiments, computer programming and configuring testing computers for behavioral testing, writing and editing code to process, analyzing and visualize experimental data, and assisting the research team in processing and analyzing data from these experiments. Lab Manager responsibilities include training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, tracking study progress, and some administrative duties (e.g. IRB protocol management and overseeing lab operations). 


  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, biomedical sciences, or a related field and previous research experience.
  • The ability to work independently, efficiently, and comfortably in a multidisciplinary team environment; exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills; attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication; a strong work ethic. 
  • Experience with or ability to learn virtual reality programming in Unity.


  • Experience with any of the following is highly desirable: programming (particularly Unity or python), neuroimaging analysis software (e.g. SPM, FSL, Freesurfer), statistical analysis software (e.g. R, SPSS), experimental software (e.g. EPrime, Unity).

Initial appointment is for one year (beginning approximately November 1, 2022) at 100% time, with a comprehensive benefits package. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCI’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications.

Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests and career goals, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) contact information (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) for 3 references who can provide letters upon request.

Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07914    

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Liz Chrastil at chrastil@uci.edu. For information on the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory, go to https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/spatialneuro/

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The University of California, Irvine 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.