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Assistant Specialist-Psychology
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 11, 2023
Title Assistant Specialist-Psychology
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 03/20/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Psychology - General

Assistant Specialist-Psychology

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Specialist Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position []. Off-scale salaries' and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
A reasonable estimate for this position is $56,600-$63,000. Percent time: 100% Anticipated start: 5/1/2023 Position duration: 1 year appointment , with a possibility of renewal Application Window

Open date: January 10, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Mar 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Specialist in the Kidd and Piantadosi Labs directed by Professors Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi. The Assistant Specialist will lead two sets of developmental studies using behavioral methods, including eye tracking, to investigate: 1) the relationship between early mathematics and attention; and 2) the development of algorithmic reasoning in early mathematics. These studies are funded by NSF's Division of Research on Learning in Formal and
Informal Settings.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Develop and run eye tracking and other behavioral experiments with children ages 2 to 8
years old
Analyze data, interpret results, and prepare manuscripts for publication
Recruit and coordinate human subjects
Recruit and manage testing sites (preschools, museums, etc.)
Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate research assistants
Maintain and update human subjects protocols when necessary
Place purchase orders for supplies and equipment
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a bachelor's degree program (or equivalent international degree program)
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree
Preferred qualifications

Knowledge of developmental studies
Previous experience with the design, implementation, and analysis of eye tracking
Previous experience working with children, specifically in a research context
Ability to work in a collaborative setting and communicate effectively with members of the
laboratory, parents, and preschool administrators and teachers
Strong quantitative skills and experience with programming, statistics, and experimental
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Programming sample or github page

  • Writing sample

  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalist
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Campus Information

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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