Jr. Specialist or Assistant Specialist - Institute for Cognitive Studies

Jr. Specialist or Assistant Specialist - Institute for Cognitive Studies

The Institute of Cognitive Studies is recruiting a Jr. Specialist or Assistant Specialist. This position assists with subject recruitment, testing and data management, and human subjects protocol amendments, along with computer skills involved in administering the PI’s research grant. The essential responsibilities include designing experiments with young children as well as recruiting and testing children. The incumbent will also be responsible for maintaining relationships with a variety of research sites, as well as forming new ones. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for identifying and completing amendments to the lab’s human subjects protocols.

These tasks require a specialized background and experience in Developmental Psychology, since often, new research ideas will emerge from testing and training. The incumbent must be able to identify and avoid or rectify a broad range of problems with the design and implementation of studies, and must also be able to identify data patterns that may be interesting to further explore. The incumbent will also need to fully understand the specialized research being conducted in the lab, and must be able to present and explain this research to parents and partners at the lab’s various research sites.

Aspects of lab administration that the individual will be responsible for include but are not limited to: organizing/scheduling lab activities and events, adhering to and monitoring adherence to human subjects protocols, amending the lab’s human subjects protocols when needed, managing subject payments, maintaining lab networks and website, updating lab documents. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to contribute to, help develop, and run others’ research projects as well as his/her own. These projects may span from visual perceptual studies, to cross-cultural work, to classic causal learning blicket-detector tasks.

The individual will report to the lab Principal Investigator (Dr. Alison Gopnik), and will interact with students (both graduate and undergraduate), postdoctoral scholars and other individuals who are part of the lab. A major part of the position also involves coordinating undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs), which requires the incumbent to help provide them with academic background and training in their own testing and design of experiments.

Basic/Minimum Qualifications Required at time of application:
• Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related field.

Additional Required Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of cognitive psychology and cognitive science.

  • Experience with and knowledge of experimental design for experiments with both children and adults.

  • Experience with literature reviews.

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to conduct research in conjunction with both academic researchers and students.

Ability to interact and communicate effectively with members of the laboratory, parents, preschool administrators and teachers, and museum administrators.

  • Excellent attention to detail as well as strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Must be an independent, highly motivated, and resourceful worker.

  • Successful background check required for employment.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with developmental testing with 1.5 to 8-year-olds.

  • Experience with humans subjects protocol amendments.

  • Experience running studies on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

    The annual full-time salary range is $36,984 to $48,768, and salary will be commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date of this position is June 1st, 2016. The position will start at 50% time for the month of June, and will go up to 75% time for the following 11 months, with a possibility for renewal after this first year.

    The position is open until filled. To apply, please submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references through the online application system at the following link:
    https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01050. Please direct questions to Francesco Brofferio at cesco@berkeley.edu.

    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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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