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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Postdoctoral Scholar — Research Associate

For more than 75 years, the University of Southern California has been working to ensure that people of every age and from every circumstance can live life to the fullest. Throughout the decades, Trojans near and far have advanced the profession of occupational therapy and the research discipline of occupational science. Today, the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy proudly carries this legacy forward as we aim to improve the quality of life of people and communities across the world.

The Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join its team.

Job Summary

This person will work in the Associate Dean and Division Chair’s insp!re lab as part of a large team focused on studying early behavioral, sensory processing and neural markers for early detection of infants/young children who may be at elevated risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other neurodevelopmental disorders. Studies may include longitudinal assessments of infants/toddlers and families, early screening/detection, and design of early interventions. The postdoc will be responsible for running aspects of a longitudinal study using state-of-the-art behavioral and neurophysiological measures (e.g., resting state EEG), conducting analyses, contributing to publications/presentations, and writing grants. The postdoc will contribute to team science and have leadership opportunities for developing their own study/measures and/or grants that interface with the PI’s projects.

Job Accountabilities

  • Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor. May or may not work independently.
  • Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and/or technology related to area of specialization.
  • Analyzes and evaluates research data utilizing computers and provides interpretations requiring significant knowledge of a specialized area of research. Searches literature, utilizing all available resources including electronic, regarding new methodology and designs experiments accordingly.
  • Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.
  • Operates and maintains sophisticated laboratory/scientific equipment.
  • Contributes to the design and maintenance of project laboratory and research spaces and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in clinical or research settings with assessment of infants or young children with or at-risk for ASD, neurodevelopmental conditions, or sensory challenges.
  • Experience with project management, data coding, data entry, and analysis using state-of-the-art statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, RedCap), and coding software.
  • Experience with specialized technologies (e.g., eye tracking, movement sensors) or physiological (e.g., EEG, RSA) methods.

Minimum Education: PhD or equivalent doctorate within previous five years.
Minimum Experience: 0-1 year.
Minimum Field of Expertise: Publications in peer-reviewed journals in the same or related field.

Posted on September 29, 2021

Apply online at usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/postdoctoral-scholar-research-associate/1209/15403174528

Postdoctoral Scholar — Research Associate