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Lab Assistant II (9603C), Institute of Personality and Social Research 24692
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2021
Title Lab Assistant II (9603C), Institute of Personality and Social Research 24692
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Psychology - General

Lab Assistant II (9603C), Institute of Personality and Social Research 24692

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

IPSR is an international, interdisciplinary center for research on human thinking and feeling and how social forces conspire against and facilitate optimization of social processes. IPSR has active programs of research, scholarship, and training in four areas:

Racial Bias and Discrimination

Cognitive and emotional processes through which bias manifests; developmental and longitudinal aspects of bias acquisition and maintenance; interventions to reduce bias; health disparities
Power and Status

Emotional, cognitive and behavioral mechanisms and outcomes associated with power and status; the difference between power and status; the link between hierarchy and decision making; the link between hierarchy and health outcomes; the role of hierarchy in interpersonal, organizational and intimate relationships

Personality assessment in humans; personality development; implications of personality for performance, creativity, and innovation; self-awareness and authenticity
Emotion, Affect, and Psychological Well-Being

Emotional expression in the face and body; the physiology of emotion; emotion regulation; how emotion shapes cognition; how emotion is shaped by social contexts; measurement of emotion; the role of emotion in intimate relationships; stress, symptoms, and disease; coping with chronic illness; health systems
In each area, emphasis is given to studying phenomena at multiple levels of analysis, including the biological, the individual, and the contextual.

This position will work exclusively within the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory which is part of the Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR). The position is essential for the laboratory to complete it's NIA funded research in an efficient and timely manner with the highest quality data.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 22, 2021.

  • Participate in multiple stages of scientific inquiry including: recruiting and scheduling experiment participants, scheduling experimental sessions, testing human subjects, and organizing data.
  • Collect psychophysiological, audio and video data using a biopac/computer & audio/video systems.
  • Perform video editing and production of video stimulus materials.
  • Train graduate and undergraduate students in testing procedures, use of physiological equipment, and application of physiological sensors.
  • Conduct phone interviews and administer psychological and neuropsychological tests.
  • Maintain laboratory data organization for multiple projects.

Required Qualifications
  • Organized, responsible, with well-developed oral/written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well both individually and as a member of a team. Excellent computer and problem-solving skills. Close attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle fluctuating priorities and deadlines, to work in a fast paced laboratory and adjust to changing situations and needs.
  • Ability to communicate with community organizations and collaborating laboratories.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in field of social/emotional psychology and experience working in an academic research environment.
  • Experience working with human subjects of various ages.
  • Experience working with dementia patients, or knowledge of dementia disorders.
  • Experience working as a volunteer research assistant in the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory.
  • Experience with advanced survey programming in Qualtrics.
  • Familiarity with subject privacy issues/HIPAA.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, Excel, MatLAB).
  • Familiarity with behavioral coding software (e.g., Code Blue, Oedipus).
  • Familiarity with psychophysiology data collection (e.g.,Empatica, Biopac).
  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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 see:
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