Hiring: Graduate Student Research Assistant

(Student Assistant IV, 4919)

Appointment: Fall and Spring semester 2017-18, 5 hours per week
Preferred working days are Monday through Thursday

Compensation: $25.03 per hour; this position does not include tuition and fee remission.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017, 5pm PST

Applicants must be matriculated graduate students at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit the following items by email as a single pdf to foodinstitute@berkeley.edu with the subject line “Graduate Student Research Assistant.”

  1. Cover letter
  2. Résumé
  3. Contact information for 2 professional and/or academic references

About the Berkeley Food Institute

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. We pursue our mission through interdisciplinary programs in education, research, policy, communications, and community engagement.

About the Position:

The role of the Graduate Student Research Assistant is to help with the Berkeley Food Institute’s research program, specifically in providing research assistance and support for two working groups on agricultural labor conditions and soil health. This position is 5 hours per week throughout the 2017-18 academic year, and works closely with the BFI Executive Director, with additional interaction with BFI affiliated faculty and staff.


  • Provide research assistance for two interdisciplinary working groups that focus on: a) agriculture labor conditions, and b) soil health. Key tasks include identifying and writing summaries of: relevant publications by UC Berkeley researchers and collaborators in these fields; the roles of key stakeholder groups on these specific topics; and relevant current policies.
  • Manage logistics and communications for working group meetings (monthly or every other month). Attendees include faculty, graduate students, and external stakeholders. This will include note-taking, scheduling, booking rooms, co-facilitation of meetings (with faculty leads), invitations to special guests, updates on progress, and execution of follow-up steps for the working groups.
  • Co-authoring a report on the deliberations and insights of the two working groups at the end of the academic year.
  • Assist with other related research projects of the Berkeley Food Institute, as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to communications across diverse groups
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills and the ability to translate academic language into everyday language
  • At least four years of experience in agri-food system research, with preference given to expertise in one or both of the working group areas
  • Undergraduate degree in food systems, agriculture, agroecology, sociology, or economics (tied to food systems), or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently and to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Comfort with creativity, innovation, and hard work
  • Professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, and good humor
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission
  • At least two years of non-academic work experience in a relevant field is preferred

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