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Assistant Specialist - Social Origins Lab - Department of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 30, 2019
Title Assistant Specialist - Social Origins Lab - Department of Psychology
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 9/30/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Psychology - Experimental
    Psychology - Cognitive
    Psychology - General

Open date: August 28th, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 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, Sep 30, 2019 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.

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Specialist in The Social Origins Lab, directed by Professor Jan Engelmann. Research in the lab addresses how social and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across species and cultures.
The assistant specialist will be expected to work collaboratively with a research team to design and create experimental stimuli. The candidate will also be assisting with data analyses and the preparation of research for publication. In addition, the assistant specialist will play a lead role in the recruitment of young research participants. Furthermore, they will be responsible for insuring the proper operation and maintenance of the laboratory such as purchase, receive, store, and distribute supplies for lab projects; maintain inventory records.


  • Will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling participants and preparing applications for human subjects approval
  • Will be designing and creating experimental stimuli
  • Will be assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication
  • Will be responsible for training undergraduate assistants, maintaining participant records and purchasing equipment
  • Will be responsible for testing young children and coordinating with local daycare centers and museums

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree at the time of application

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a strong interest on social and cognitive development, as well as in cross-cultural and comparative Psychology.
  • At least 2 years of coursework in experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, or linguistics
  • Experience working with human subjects, especially children, in an academic research environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to address issues
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work with demanding time-frames
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperation working with relationships with a multi-diverse campus
  • Basic computer programming language skills in MATLAB, web design and video editing
  • Previous experience with statistical software (e.g. SPSS, JMP, R)

Appointment: The initial appointment will be made at 100% time for 1 year with a start date of September 15, 2019. Thereafter, 1 year annual appointments renewable based on satisfactory performance and availability of extramural funding and support.

To Apply: Please go to the following link:

Interested individuals should submit application with contact information for two individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

This position will remain open until filled.

UC professional researchers are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, United Auto Workers, RA Unit. This position is represented by the bargaining unit.

Please direct inquiries to Jan Engelmann, at

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

Berkeley, CA

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