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Job ID: 206921

Lab Assistant 2 (9603C), Inst of Personality & Soc Res - 50243
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 8, 2023
Title Lab Assistant 2 (9603C), Inst of Personality & Soc Res - 50243
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Lab Assistant 2 (9603C), Inst of Personality & Soc Res - 50243

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.

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Departmental Overview

IPSR is an international, interdisciplinary center for research on human thinking and feeling and how social forces conspire against and facilitate optimization of social processes. IPSR has active programs of research, scholarship, and training in four areas:

  • Racial Bias and Discrimination; Cognitive and emotional processes through which bias manifests; developmental and longitudinal aspects of bias acquisition and maintenance; interventions to reduce bias; health disparities.
  • Power and Status; Emotional, cognitive and behavioral mechanisms and outcomes associated with power and status; the difference between power and status; the link between hierarchy and decision making; the link between hierarchy and health outcomes; the role of hierarchy in interpersonal, organizational and intimate relationships.
  • Personality; Personality assessment in humans; personality development; implications of personality for performance, creativity, and innovation; self- awareness and authenticity.
  • Emotion, Affect, and Psychological Well-Being: Emotional expression in the face and body; the physiology of emotion; emotion regulation; how emotion shapes cognition; how emotion is shaped by social contexts; measurement of emotion; the role of emotion in intimate relationships; stress, symptoms, and disease; coping with chronic illness; health systems.

In each area, emphasis is given to studying phenomena at multiple levels of analysis, including the biological, the individual, and the contextual.

This position will work exclusively within the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory which is part of the Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR). The position is essential for the laboratory to complete its NIA funded research in an efficient and timely manner with the highest quality data.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 03/21/2023.


  • Participate in multiple stages of scientific inquiry including: recruiting and scheduling experiment participants, scheduling experimental sessions, testing human subjects, and organizing data.
  • Collect psychophysiological, audio and video data using a biopac/computer & audio/video systems.
  • Perform video editing and production of video stimulus materials.
  • Train graduate and undergraduate students in testing procedures, use of physiological equipment, and application of physiological sensors.
  • Conduct phone interviews and administer psychological and neuropsychological tests.
  • Maintain laboratory data organization for multiple projects.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in field of social/emotional psychology and experience working in an academic research environment.
  • Experience working with human subjects of various ages.
  • Experience working with dementia patients, or knowledge of dementia disorders.
  • Experience working as a volunteer research assistant in the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory.
  • Experience with advanced survey programming in Qualtrics.
  • Familiarity with subject privacy issues/HIPAA.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, Excel, MatLAB).
  • Familiarity with behavioral coding software (e.g., Code Blue, Oedipus).
  • Familiarity with psychophysiology data collection (e.g.,Empatica, Biopac).
  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) non-exempt career position, which is paid hourly and eligible for full UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $20.66 (Step 1) - $21.84 (Step 2.5).

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

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

  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This position is eligible for up to 50% remote work.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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