Open date: April 20, 2022

Initial review date: May 5, 2022

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: September 30, 2022

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


This position is intended to be a pre-graduate school position and prepare the JRS for a career in research. Two of the three previous JRS in the Fox lab have presented posters and gone on to graduate school (one left early due to a family emergency and the resulting increased responsibilities at home).

80% Research, including but not exclusive to:

  • Assist the PI with study design for studies that include neuroimaging and behavioral testing.
  • Perform literature reviews to guide experimental design
  • Develop expertise in PET and MRI imaging, behavioral analysis, and blood processing; this includes operating the MRI scanner, performing experimental manipulations, and using newly developed deep-learning-based strategies for assessing animal behavior.
  • Develop and test new methods and techniques for behavioral assessment and neuroimaging analysis based on published and unpublished protocols
  • Publish and share effective protocols on
  • Work with the PI and laboratory staff to design experiments which will answer critical research questions
  • Participate in data collection and analysis
  • Collect experimental data from nonhuman primates
  • Run the MRI scanner
  • Participate in PET imaging
  • Schedule procedures with lab personnel as well as CNPRC staff.
  • Supervise the annotation of nonhuman primate behavior for machine-learning applications
  • Use laboratory equipment including centrifuges, incubators, etc.
  • Develop skills to engage with complex computing environments to perform data analysis on the UC Davis HCP GPU cluster.
  • Perform data analyses on highly complex neuroimaging-behavior datasets for publication.
  • Contribute to an enriching and collaborative laboratory environment.
  • Participate in one-on-one and group project meetings with PI
  • Conduct literature reviews associated with ongoing laboratory projects.
  • Participate and present in lab-meeting discussions on a paper.
  • Recommended relevant online lectures/articles for group discussions
  • Attend and recommended relevant lectures presented on campus.
  • Provide support for sample curation and storage
  • Carry out tasks related to promoting the welfare of experimental animals.
  • Participate in the dissemination of results
  • Present poster(s) at international scientific conferences, such as annual meeting for the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SoBP), the annual meeting for Society for Social Affective Neuroscience (SANS), and the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
  • Help write manuscripts, on which they will be credited with co-authorship. Our lab has published articles in Nature, PNAS, Neuron, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience, and Molecular Psychiatry, and we will continue to target these journals for publication.

10% Professional Competence, including but not exclusive to:

  • Attending Academic Conferences, such as the annual meeting for the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SoBP), the annual meeting for Society for Social Affective Neuroscience (SANS), and the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
  • Participate in monthly unit-wide meetings at the CNPRC Neuroscience and Behavior unit.

10% University and Public Service, including but not exclusive to:

  • Mentoring undergraduate students
  • Providing training and support to other CNPRC researchers and staff to support widespread adoption of deep-learning methods.
  • Share methodology and expertise through international conferences and meetings.
  • Share data, code, and protocols online; consistent with the Fox lab’s commitment to open science