Job description

Under direct supervision of Dr. Jet Vonk, the Data Analyst will acquire skills and knowledge of professional concepts in research data analysis, including Structural Equation Modeling and other epidemiological and psychometric analysis methods. The Data Analyst will work on small projects or segments of projects with limited scope and complexity. The Data Analyst will work with behavioral and neuroimaging databases from the ALBA Lab and Memory and Aging Center, which involves the decline of language and cognitive abilities in individuals with neurogenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Primary Progressive Aphasia.

Department Description

The ALBA Language Neurobiology laboratory, directed by Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, studies how language is organized into brain networks across the lifespan. The ALBA Language Neurobiology laboratory is part of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, an NIA-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center working to translate research science into improved diagnosis and care for people with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease and related diseases, as well as to find a treatment or prevention.

The ALBA team consists of clinicians, scientists, and engineers with expertise in behavioral neurology, cognitive neuroscience, speech-language pathology, neurodevelopment and advanced neuroimaging techniques. Our group studies how language skills and brain regions are impacted by neurological conditions and how they reorganize in response. This Data Analyst position is focused on Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), which is a neurodegenerative syndrome in which communication abilities become progressively impaired. We aim to identify sensitive linguistic, cognitive, motor or neuroimaging biomarkers of this syndrome. We use multimodal imaging to predict longitudinal disease progression in the brain and track the progression of symptoms.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Basic programming skills in R
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and machine-learning
  • Basic consultation and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and see assigned parts of projects through to completion on deadline.
  • Acquiring statistical analysis, systems programming, and database design skills to perform research analysis duties.
  • Acquiring knowledge of research function. Acquiring ability to perform research analysis duties.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic programming skills in Mplus
  • Basic knowledge of mixed effects models and Structural Equation Modeling

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Job Code and Payroll Title

006255 RSCH DATA ANL 1

Job Category

Professional (Non-Clinical), Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

99 - Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)

Employee Class





China Basin (SF)



Shift Length

8 Hours

Additional Shift Details

Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm

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