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Full-time Study Coordinator, Psychology and Economics of Poverty Initiative

CEGA and the Language and Cognitive Development Lab (LCD Lab) at the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time study coordinator for a 12-month appointment beginning ASAP.

The study coordinator will provide 75% support for the East Bay Financial Needs Study and 25% support on programmatic tasks related to CEGA’s Psychology and Economics of Poverty Initiative (PEP).

Job Description 

75% support for the East Bay Financial Needs Study

The East Bay Financial Needs Study is focused on better understanding how financial strain affects parenting, child development and well-being in the San Francisco East Bay, California. Under the guidance of project Principal Investigators Mahesh Srinivasan (Psychology, UC Berkeley) and Supreet Kaur (Economics, UC Berkeley), and in collaboration with the LCD Lab, the study coordinator will work with the project manager and co-investigators to coordinate all aspects of the study including community engagement and participant recruitment, study implementation, and data collection and management. The study coordinator can also contribute to data analysis and preparation of results for publication.

25% support for CEGA’s Psychology and Economics of Poverty Initiative (PEP)

CEGA’s Psychology and Economics of Poverty Initiative (PEP) explores how poverty affects cognition, beliefs and decision-making with implications for health, early childhood development, and economic outcomes. Under the guidance of the PEP program manager, the study coordinator will support administrative and programmatic tasks including communications and research dissemination, support for PEP-related workshops and events, budget management and financial tracking, and other CEGA-wide tasks.

This unique position is ideal for a recent college graduate who would like to gain hands-on research and programmatic experience before applying to graduate school.


Support participant recruitment and engagement efforts for the East Bay Financial Needs Study and LCD lab including:

  • Lead the recruitment of participants (including through in-person recruitment drives at local schools, clinics, day care centers, non-profit organizations, social services offices, etc.).
  • Lead participant recruitment outreach efforts towards identifying community partners and recruitment locations.
  • Distribute study materials to participants living in the East Bay/Oakland area.
  • Meet with community partners to establish new relationships and maintain already established relationships.
  • Carry out consent calls and communicate with participants through the life of the study.
  • Train and manage approved researchers in recruitment and study protocols (with the support of the program manager).
  • Prepare and share approved research dissemination materials with participants.

Track, manage, and analyze data for the LCD lab and East Bay Financial Needs Study and support the IRB approval process:

  • Maintain a database of local families who have consented to participate in research.
  • Maintain participant records.
  • Prepare/amend applications for human subjects review approval.
  • Assist with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication.

Support management of the LCD lab

  • Purchase equipment for the lab and East Bay Financial Needs Study.
  • Attend lab meetings.

Assist with programmatic tasks related to the PEP initiative, including communications and research dissemination, support for PEP-related workshops and events, budget management and financial tracking, and other CEGA-wide tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates should have a strong interest in language and cognitive development.
  • Experience working directly with research participants, especially children, in an academic research environment.
  • A general fluency with computer software, and strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Experience with online survey platforms (e.g. Qualtrics).
  • Strong financial and project management skills and familiarity with academic research administration.
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with people and coworkers at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.
  • Highly coachable, anticipating and integrating guidance and direction.
  • Must have reliable transportation or ability to secure timely transportation for travel to various sites throughout the San Francisco East Bay area. Travel expenses (e.g. gas mileage) will be fully reimbursed.
  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
  • Driving Required. A valid driver’s license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least two years of coursework in experimental psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or other relevant fields and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Experience working with marginalized or vulnerable populations.
  • The strongest candidates will have experience with statistical software (e.g., R, Python), computer programming (e.g., Matlab) and web design (Javascript/HTML).
  • Spanish fluency.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 1-year non-exempt temporary position at 100% (40 hrs a week). This position is paid hourly and eligible for UC Benefits with the possibility of extension. Hourly pay is commensurate with experience within pre-approved steps up to $24.30 (Step 5).

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a PDF through the job posting on the Berkeley Jobs website.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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