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Staff Research Associate 1 (9613C), Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute - 66314

University of California, Berkeley
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Staff Research Associate 1 (9613C), Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute - 66314 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

We study the multiple neuro-cognitive processes that contribute to learning, decision-making and executive functions.

We use quantitative modeling at different levels of description (eg. reinforcement learning, Bayesian inference, and neural network modeling) to study the computations performed by cognitive or neural systems.

To inform the quantitative theories developed, we perform behavioral, as well as EEG, imaging or developmental experiments in healthy or patient adult populations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 1, 2024

  • Under the direction of the supervisor and/or Postdoc(s), provide research assistance.
  • Assist with overseeing research experiments from start to finish including (but not limited to) recruitments; participant scheduling subjects; preparing and running the experiments; and accurately collecting, recording, and storing the data.
  • Gather experimental data by coding and running online and in personal behavioral experiments, EEG experiments or fMRI experiments.
  • Assist with data analyses.
  • Maintain and organize the collected data (digital and paper) according to the laboratory standards.
  • Complete research and administrative duties including:
  • Ensure proper operation and maintenance of the laboratory such as purchase, reimbursements, receive, store, organize, and distribute supplies for laboratory research projects, as well as software maintenance (i.e. installation, and upgrades).
  • Maintain inventory records.
  • Ensure proper operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Perform simple equipment repair and maintenance like clean-ups and set-ups.
  • Ensure that equipment and software are maintained properly.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and run human behavioral experiments (online and in person).
  • Ability to maintain and organize experimental data, experimental code.
  • Familiarity with data analysis in R, MATLAB, or Python.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with a multi-diverse community.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with EEG or fMRI data acquisition skills.
  • Familiarity with and interest in cognitive science or cognitive neuroscience.
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise associated with conducting and reporting on scientific research experiments and findings.
  • Strong abilities to conduct and report on scientific experiments and findings.
  • Familiarity with scientific process, such as IRB or grant reporting.
  • Familiarity with open science practices.
  • Knowledge of research discipline to collaborate effectively with faculty and function as a resource to research and instructional associates.

  • Bachelors' degree in related area (cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology, or computer science) and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & 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 hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.44 (step 4.0).
  • This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

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 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:

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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