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Project Scientist Position

University of California, Los Angeles
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Project Scientist Position
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF06604

A part-time position for a Project Scientist is available at mid-level rank, supervised by Dr. Connie Kasari at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We are looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful, and dedicated researcher interested in working in research studies for children with ASD targeting social skills, communication, joint attention gestures, and a number of other core characteristics common to children with ASD. The incumbent will also work closely with community members, parents, and teachers.

The Kasari Lab is part of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. The Lab's research focuses on the core characteristics of social communication in children with ASD. Projects are carried out primarily in school and community settings with the goal of improving communication and relationships with others. The Kasari Lab is devoted to creating interventions that are successful, backed by research, and able to be implemented in everyday settings.

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • PhD in Human Development and Psychology or a related field.
  • Ability to work independently within a collaborative multi-disciplinary team-based environment.
  • Motivation to learn and develop expertise in the field.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships and collaborate with community partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to present and publish research findings.
  • Supervise and train lab research assistants and graduate students.

    To apply, submit i) a cover letter outlining academic interests, ii) a statement of research accomplishments and future plans, and iii) three references (contact information only) to the UC Recruit application portal at,

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    UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

    UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

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