Assistant Specialist in Psychology
University of California Berkeley Department of Psychology
United States

Assistant Specialist for Kidd and Piantadosi Labs - Psychology Department

Job #JPF02597
  • College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences - Psychology

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 7th, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jun 8, 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 Kidd and Piantadosi Labs directed by Professors Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi. The assistant specialist will lead a large developmental study on the relationship between early mathematics and attention. The study will use eye tracking methods to index attention and individuals’ attentional capacity, behavior, and limitations on core numerical tasks. This work is funded by NSF’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. The assistant specialist will also be involved in ongoing research on mathematical learning among an indigenous group in Bolivia.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

● Develop and run eye tracking and other behavioral experiments with children ages 2 to 8 years old
● Analyze data, interpret results, and prepare manuscripts for publication
● Recruit and coordinate human subjects
● Recruit and manage testing sites (preschools, museums, etc.)
● Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate research assistants
● Maintain and update human subjects protocols when necessary
● Place purchase orders for supplies and equipment

Minimum/Basic Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program (or equivalent international degree program) at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree by the start of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
● Knowledge of developmental studies
● Previous experience with the design, implementation, and analysis of eye tracking experiments
● Previous experience working with children, specifically in a research context
● Ability to work in a collaborative setting and communicate effectively with members of the laboratory, parents, and preschool administrators and teachers
● Strong quantitative skills and experience with programming, statistics, and experimental design
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Fluent in Spanish

Appointment: The initial appointment will be made at 100% time for 1 year with a start date of July 1, 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 Holly Palmeri 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)
  • Programming sample or github page
  • Writing sample
Reference requirements
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