Position Description: An experienced, independent, and highly organized individual is sought for a full-time Staff Research Associate position in the Sumner laboratory at the UCLA Psychology Department, run by Jennifer Sumner, PhD. Our research examines how the experiences of stress and trauma relate to accelerated aging and risk for chronic disease. Most of our studies are focused on identifying the psychological and biological mechanisms linking stress and trauma with disease risk.
Under the supervision of Dr. Sumner, the incumbent will be involved in managing an active research lab with several grants and participate in many aspects of the research process, including recruitment of research participants, development and maintenance of a database for participant recruitment and tracking, preparation and submission of IRB applications, data collection using a variety of modalities, supervision of volunteer assistants, and data management. These duties will primarily focus on a study examining key dimensions of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in trauma-exposed individuals and how they relate to early markers of cardiovascular risk. Data collection for this research involves acquisition of psychophysiology and eye tracking data, along with assessments of trauma exposure, mental health, and cardiovascular health and biomarkers.
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.