Free open Job in North, South & Central America Graduate Teaching Assistant (E) at University of Utah

Standard Hours per Week: 20 hours

Job Summary
The Perception, Cognition, and Expertise (PCE) Laboratory, headed by Professor A. Mark Williams, is located in the College of Health at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Our mission is to investigate the role of perceptual, cognitive, and neural processes during performance and the implications of this work for training and the development of domain-specific expertise. We aim to help facilitate the acquisition of expertise in the general population, as well as in various clinical groups.

We are currently recruiting PhD students to start in the Fall 2017 Semester. In addition to traditional graduate school requirements (e.g., scholastic record, previous research experience, test scores), our laboratory places particular emphasis on students with an educational and research background in one or more of the following concentration areas:

  • Applied Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Motor Behavior and/or Motor Learning and/or Motor Control

Please attach a cover letter (2 page max) that includes your research interests, previous research experiences and skills, and how you would integrate within the PCE lab. Also, please include the names and contact details of three referees and an updated CV.**

  • Please submit applications by 20th April, 2017

Applicants should have (or be expecting) a Bachelor’s (or equivalency) or Master’s degree in a related discipline by the time of application. Please consult the Graduate School for additional requirements for international students.

Students are expected to successfully complete all requirements toward the PhD degree and actively contribute to the research mission of the PCE Lab. In addition to teaching requirements per assistantship, graduate student responsibilities include participation in ongoing projects and data collections, completing literature review and developing research aims, data analytics and hypothesis testing, technical writing, attending intramural and extramural conferences to present research, grantsmanship, and mentoring fellow graduate students and undergraduate researchers.


  • Experience recording and analyzing eye movements/gaze behavior
  • Technical competencies in assessing movement kinematics using motion capture
  • Instrumentation expertise measuring psychophysiological or neural indices of performance (e.g., EEG, EMG, SCR, fMRI)
  • Previous experience conducting research using clinical populations
  • Programming, analytical, and/or statistical proficiencies
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach a 2 page cover letter with interest/ history in PCE and a CV

Consult the University of Utah Graduate School for information on admissions (, and contact Mark Williams directly ( with specific questions about the recruitment process.

Additional Information
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to applicants, consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801) 581-7447.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.