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Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) 14871
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 27, 2021
Title Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) 14871
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Staff Research Associate 2 (9612C) 14871

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 9, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Center for Human Sleep Science is located in the Department of Psychology, within the College of Letters and Science. The department's teaching and research activities focus on all aspects of psychology.

Research in the Center for Human Sleep Science is focused on the role of sleep in brain function. The laboratory uses an array of multi-modal imaging techniques ranging from functional MRI to quantitative electroencephalography and polysomnography. The laboratory also uses numerous computerized cognitive psychology techniques for assessing brain function.

The Staff Research Associate (SRA) will assist the Principal Investigator (PI), postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with research on behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of sleep and cognition in humans across the lifespan.

  • Under the direction of the PI and/or Postdoc(s) the Staff Research Associate (SRA) will provide research assistance in the fields of sleep, cognition, aging and the brain.
  • Coordinate and conduct laboratory research on sleep and brain function including memory experiments. Incumbent will oversee experiments from start to finish including (but not limited to) recruitments, scheduling subjects, preparing and running the experiments, as well as accurately collecting and recording the data.
  • Perform both data and statistical analyses for collected cognitive, EEG, polysomnography, and MRI data compiled from the experiments as well as maintain and organize the collected data according to the laboratory standards.
  • For reports and publications, prepare and provide tabular and graphical information for reports and publications.
  • Collaboratively write in production of grants, reports, and publication.
  • Provide assistance to PI, Postdocs, and graduate students with their research.
  • Insure proper operation and maintenance of the laboratory such as purchase, receive, store, and distribute supplies for lab projects; maintain inventory records.
  • Ensure proper operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment; perform simple equipment repair and maintenance. Laboratory maintenance also includes cleanups and set-ups.
  • Research and administrative duties will include but is not limited to general bookkeeping, processing and submitting reimbursement requests, maintenance of laboratory data sets, and library searches. Prepare and submit amendments, new projects, and annual renewal of research proposals for the local ethics review board the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS).
  • Provide training to undergraduate assistants in both lab and analysis methods. Attend weekly meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge commensurate with undergraduate studies in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Psychology, or other related scientific field.
  • Previous experience in EEG and MRI research
  • Previous Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a multi-diverse campus community.
  • Knowledge, and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. These skills, knowledge, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of extensive study and experience.
  • Bachelors and/or Master Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Psychology, or other related scientific field and/or equivalent combination of education/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Basic computer programming language skills in MATLAB, R, and/or Python.
  • Familiarity with SPSS, R, and MATLab
  • Previous experience with cognitive testing software such as Eprime, Presentation, or PsychToolbox

Salary & Benefits

This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Annual salary range is commensurate with experience (stepped rates).

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 position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

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

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