Research Assistant Position (to start in February 2024, accepting applications now)

Dr. Jillian Lee Wiggins
Translational Emotion Neuroscience & Developmental Laboratory (TENDlab)

Research and Lab Description:
The TEND Lab is a group of researchers at San Diego State University and University of California, San
Diego that studies the development of social and emotional functioning (e.g., regulating one’s own
emotions, perceiving others’ emotions, interacting with others) in children and adolescents who have
psychological disorders, like anxiety, depression, severe irritability, and/or autism. In particular, TEND Lab
researchers are interested in understanding how the brain works within these disorders and how to
leverage information about the brain to improve treatments for these disorders. To accomplish this, TEND
Lab researchers use functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional connectivity,
genetic, behavioral, and neuropsychological tools.
Some of the responsibilities of research assistants include: data collection, data processing, data entry,
assisting families with questionnaires, working directly with children, interviewing parents, scheduling and
screening families and completing administrative duties. Advanced research assistants have the
opportunity to explore their own research questions and present posters at conferences. Research
assistants at TEND Lab develop clinical and research skills by obtaining valuable experience necessary
for graduate school.
Requirements for Research Assistants:
– Minimum GPA: 3.5
– Hours Required Per Week: 10
– Class Level: Sophomore or Junior preferred, Senior and recent graduates also considered
– Length of Commitment: At least 1 year
– Summer availability required (must be in-person in San Diego)
– Good qualities include: organizational skills, professional and warm demeanor, professional experience
working with children or families, experience interviewing, flexibility to work evenings and weekends
– Interest in: developmental psychology and neuropsychology
Requirements for Applying:
– Attach a cover letter, CV or resume, and a copy of a transcript
– Send attachments to with the subject line written as “First and Last Name,
TENDLab RA Position”. Please do this in lieu of RAAP Application.