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Lab Assistant II (9603C)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 11, 2020
Title Lab Assistant II (9603C)
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 - Cognitive

Lab Assistant II (9603C)

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 23, 2020.

Departmental Overview

The Department of Psychology is a large, complex department within the College of Letters and Science (Division of Social Sciences). The Department includes over 54 active faculty and emeriti members, 15 career staff, approximately 7 temporary instructors, a number of visiting scholars and postdocs each year as well as a large cadre of Graduate Student Instructors and Graduate Student Researchers. Additionally, there are several labs consisting of dozens of lab personnel. In all, there are over 200 Psychology Department community members that reside in Berkeley Way West. The fundamental missions of the University, teaching, research and community service, are all met by the Department. Our teaching program is quite large. Psychology has over 500 undergraduate majors and Department courses serve approximately 4000 students each semester as well as a large summer sessions offering each year. The Department has approximately 110 graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in five specialized sub-fields. In research, the Department supports the work of 35 life science labs.

  • Participate in multiple stages of scientific inquiry including: recruiting and scheduling experiment participants; coordinating with local daycares and museums; testing participants in experimental sessions; maintaining participant records in database; assisting with data analysis.

  • Collect behavioral data from children and adults using a computer & audio/video systems.

  • Perform video editing with lab computers.

  • Train graduate and undergraduate students in testing procedures.

  • Maintain laboratory data organization for multiple projects.

  • Possible field work in other countries.

  • Assist with obtaining human subjects approval, aspects of grant applications.

  • Assist with figures for paper publication.

  • Assist in literature research.

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.

  • Experience working in an academic research environment.

  • Intermediate skill with basic computer programs (Word, Excel, Filemaker Pro) and ability to install software and resolve technical issues.

  • Experience working with children / infants / human subjects.

  • Understanding of, or ability to quickl learn, campus travel and reimbursement policies.

  • Two years of applicable college-level coursework in experimental Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or equivalent lab training/experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with computer programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, Flash, etc.).

  • Experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, JMP, R, etc.).

  • Experience with web design (e.g., HTML, Dreamweaver, etc.).

  • Familiarity with subject privacy issues/HIPAA.

  • Familiarity with audio/visual systems and video editing software (e.g., iMovie, FinalCut Pro).

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.

Other Information

This is a full-time, career appointment with an anticipated start date of July 6, 2020.

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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

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:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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