Position Description: A reliable, highly organized, independent, individual is sought for a full-time Staff Research Associate (SRA) Position in the Brain and Body Lab (BABLab), in the UCLA Psychology Department, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (Dr. Bridget Callaghan). The SRA will be responsible for coordinating and conducting research studies, and managing lab activities. The BABLab studies emotional development and its relation to physical health across the lifespan (infancy to adulthood). We utilize behavioral (questionnaire, interview, and task performance), fMRI, and biological measures to understand how early experiences, particularly of adversity, shape cognitive, affective, and physical development, leading to health and disease outcomes.
Under the supervision of Dr. Callaghan, the incumbent will be involved in managing a federally-funded, active research lab, and will participate in many aspects of the research process, including designing and implementing experiments, programming experimental tasks, recruiting and scheduling participants, running research sessions, and analyzing data. The SRA will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the lab, including developing and maintaining a database for participant recruitment and research data, preparation, submission, and maintenance of IRB applications, scheduling lab events and research meetings, and helping to supervise undergraduate research assistants. In addition, the SRA will have the opportunity to assist with the preparation of manuscripts for publication and posters, and support any revisions that are required.
These duties will primarily (though not exclusively) be executed in relation to a 3-year longitudinal study examining how experiences of childhood adversity influence the maturation of the gastrointestinal microbiome, memory, and the hippocampus, and how each of these factors is associated with the emergence of anxiety across childhood to adolescence. Data collection for this project involves acquisition of biological samples, physiology (e.g., heart rate, gastric activity), behavioral assessments (e.g., of memory), an fMRI scan, and assessments of childhood adversity and current mental health.
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