Assistant Specialist in Psychology
University of California Berkeley
United States

Assistant Specialist - The Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab (QB3) - Department of Psychology

Job #JPF02524
  • College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences - Psychology

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 28th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Mar 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 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 Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab (QB3) directed by Professor Alison Gopnik. The assistant speciaslist will assist with conducting interdisciplinary research. Projects may span from visual perceptual studies to classic causal-learning tasks.

The assistant specialist will be responsible for enabling the efficient running of the lab, completing tasks such as: amending and managing the PIs protocols, maintaining and establishing relationships with research sites, and training undergraduate research assistants. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to contribute to, help develop, and run others’ research projects. Furthermore, they will report to the lab Principal Investigator (Dr. Alison Gopnik), and will interact with all lab members, from postdoctoral scholars to undergraduate research assistants.

Job Duties:
• Will run experiments with young children – candidates must know how to respond appropriately to unexpected situations in order to collect high quality data
• Recruit new testing sites, and maintain existing relationships
• Maintain the PIs human subjects protocols
• Ensure smooth running of the lab, including training undergraduate research assistants

Minimum/Basic Qualifications (at time of application):
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree program at the time of application

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with and knowledge of experimental design for experiments with both children and adults
• Good interpersonal skills, organizational, and time management skills
• Ability to work in a collaborative setting, and communicate effectively with members of the laboratory, parents, preschool administrators and teachers, and museum administrators
• Must be an independent, highly motivated, and resourceful worker.
•Experience with developmental testing with 1.5 to 8-year-olds
• Experience with humans subjects protocol amendments
• Experience running studies on Amazon Mechanical Turk

Appointment: The initial appointment will be made at 100% time for 1 year with a start date of May 4, 2020. Appointment renewable based on satisfactory performance and availability of extramural funding and support.

To Apply: Please go to the following link:

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct inquiries to Teresa Garcia at

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.

UC professional researchers are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, United Auto Worker (UAW) 5810. This position is represented by the bargaining unit.

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.

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.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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