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Research Assistant (9613C) 53756
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 25, 2023
Title Research Assistant (9613C) 53756
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Research Scientist/Associate
  • Psychology - General

Research Assistant (9613C) 53756

About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The CALM Program's line of our work focuses on understanding the factors that promote better outcomes in bipolar disorder, and how to use those to develop new interventions. Our latest work on that front is focused on healthy lifestyles, and involves healthy eating and improving sleep.

The team is led by Sheri L. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, with support from the National Institute of Mental Health and Wellcome Trust.

The Research Assistants will recruit, schedule, and run human subjects in a protocol designed to assess the influence of diet and healthy behavior on bipolar disorder, and will assist in data management and data analyses. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the administrative functions of the lab, including coordinating meetings, correspondence, and training and leading up to eight undergraduate student researchers

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 6/7/2023

There are two openings for this posting and it will remain open for applications until both are filled.


  • Research: Recruit, schedule and run human subjects in a protocol designed to assess the influence of diet and healthy behavior on bipolar disorder. Complete interviews about mental health and sleep symptoms. Assess problematic behavior in volunteers, and work with PI on an effective remediation plan.
  • Review participant completion of questionnaires, and send reminders as needed. Alert senior team members to any concerns flagged by participants.
  • Data Management: Assist in data management and run scripts to provide descriptive data summaries. Adjust qualtrics surveys as needed, download information, and run descriptive summary scripts with careful supervision and training.
  • Conduct outreach through advertising, social media, and consumer support and advocacy groups to foster recruitment. Facilitate communication among team members, community, ethics and advisory boards, with direction from senior team leaders (e.g., set up meetings, take minutes, provide follow-up with supervision from senior team management)

Required Qualifications

  • Previous experience in gathering data from human subjects
  • Experience interacting with individuals with mental health history
  • Ability to handle fluctuating priorities and deadlines
  • Must be organized, responsible, punctual, and ability to pay close attention to details
  • High level of professionalism and interpersonal skill for interacting with participants who may struggle with mental health concerns, and for community members and colleagues involved in the collaboration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with ethics and IRB facets of mental health research (e.g., completion of CITI training)
  • Experience with statistical software, such as SPSS or r
  • Expertise in Qualtrics and other standard software applications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or equivalent degree

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, career position, eligible for full UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $24.88 - $29.68 (stepped rates).

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

This is not a visa opportunity.

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California 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, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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