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Assistant Project Scientist - Neuroscience - Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 6th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Sep 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 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.


The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an Assistant Project Scientist position, specifically in the area of Neuroscience and/or Psychology to study the neurophysiology underlying goal-directed behavior, decision-making, reward processing and executive control in the laboratory of Dr. Joni Wallis at the University of California, Berkeley. Further information regarding the research performed in our lab can be found on our website:

This individual will work as a part of a team using sophisticated behavioral paradigms combined with the latest recording systems, which enables the simultaneous monitoring of large numbers of individual neurons in the awake, behaving subject. Our lab is part of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, and we collaborate with the extensive number of frontal lobe researchers on campus and colleagues in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):
▪ PhD or equivalent international degree.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):
▪ Minimum of 5 years' of research experience following completion of the PhD Degree or equivalent international degree.

Preferred Qualifications:
 Experience working with non-human primates and performing large-scale neuronal recordings to study cognitive processes.

 Demonstrated experience with brain-machine interfaces.

 Knowledgeable with MATLAB is desirable.

 Organizational, critical thinking, and verbal and written capacity to function and communicate globally.

 Advanced work ethics best practice.

 Background in either psychology or neuroscience.


This position reports to Dr. Joni Wallis. The anticipated start date is November 01, 2020.

This position is represented by the UAW 5810. Further information is available at
This position is full-time (100%). The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment in accordance with the bargained agreement. Reappointment is based on performance and availability of funds.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits, consist of medical, dental, and vision coverage which is included in the compensation package. To learn more about UC Berkeley's benefits offered go to

To apply, please go to the following link:

Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Feel free to address inquiries specific to this position to Joni Wallis at

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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)