Social Science Matrix frequently hires UC Berkeley students for various opportunities. Please see below for current job listings.

Program Assistant

Social Science Matrix is seeking an advanced social science graduate student to be a program assistant.

Social Science Matrix is a cross-disciplinary research unit in the College of Letters and Science within the Social Sciences Division. We are an incubator for early-stage, interdisciplinary research, and we work to promote social science research on campus. Critical to this work are the public- and campus-facing events we organize, which include lecture series, workshops, colloquia, conferences, book talks, and panel discussions. Our events seek to draw on the breadth and depth of research expertise within and beyond the Social Sciences Division, examining important  topics and ideas that are reforming the contours of social science research today. This Spring semester, all programming will be online only, and the program assistant will work remotely.

We seek a graduate student to help develop, organize, and publicize some of our public events and programs, including our annual call for proposals for Matrix Research Teams

Common duties include: 

  • Summarizing and writing about current research in different fields
  • Identifying possible panelists, co-sponsors, and other participants in Matrix programming
  • Help distribute summaries and other program materials to Matrix staff and collaborators
  • Assisting in the scheduling of Zoom webinars for our Spring events
  • Publicizing events and programs, particularly to departments and research units across campus  

The student should: 

  • Be able to communicate with faculty and staff across campus, as well as at other universities and institutions  
  • Work well with others 
  • Have working knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs 
  • Have solid organizational and writing skills
  • Be able to multitask with demanding timelines
  • Have an educational background in the social sciences and be passionate about advancing cross-disciplinary inquiry 

The student may also collaborate with and conduct interviews of researchers to produce brief articles or podcasts about social science research.  

The position will be a 50% position, starting immediately, with an end date in June 2021.

 Please apply with a resume/CV and two short writing samples that summarize some kind of social science research.

Questions and submissions should be directed to