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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 23, 2020.
The Language and Cognitive Development Lab at the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, directed by Prof. Mahesh Srinivasan, is seeking a full-time lab manager (Lab Assistant 2) beginning this July. Research in the lab addresses how linguistic, social, and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across cultures. Responsibilities for the position will include many research-related activities, such as recruiting and scheduling participants, designing and creating experimental stimuli, testing infants, toddlers, and adults, and assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication. The position will also include administrative duties, such as recruiting and training undergraduate assistants, coordinating with local daycare centers and museums, maintaining participant records, purchasing equipment, and preparing applications for human subjects approval.
Candidates should have a strong interest in language and cognitive development, and a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline an/or equivalent experience training, including at least two years of coursework in experimental psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or other relevant fields. Candidates should also have had experience working with human subjects, especially children, in an academic research environment. A general fluency with computer software, and strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both oral and written) are also required. The strongest candidates will also have experience with statistical software (e.g., R, Python) and computer programming (e.g., Matlab).
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.
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.
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).
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, career appointment scheduled to start between July and August 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.
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.
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