Assistant Specialist in Psychology

University of California Berkeley Department of Psychology

Assistant Specialist-Psychology

Job #JPF03790
  • Psychology / College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Specialist
Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position []. ‘Off-scale salaries’ and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
A reasonable estimate for this position is $56,600-$63,000.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 5/1/2023
Position duration: 1 year appointment , with a possibility of renewal

Application Window

Open date: January 10, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 20, 2023 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.

Position description

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 two sets of developmental studies using behavioral methods, including eye tracking, to investigate: 1) the relationship between early mathematics and attention; and 2) the development of algorithmic reasoning in early mathematics. These studies are funded by NSF’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and
Informal Settings.
Summary of 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


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program (or equivalent international degree program)

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred qualifications

●Knowledge of developmental studies
● Previous experience with the design, implementation, and analysis of eye tracking
● 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
● Excellent oral and written communication skills

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Programming sample or github page
  • Writing sample
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalist

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Campus Information

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Job location

Berkeley, CA