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

Content Administrator

Type: Graduate Student Assistant
Appointment: Up to 25%
Number of Positions: 4-6
Term: Fall 2016 with possible renewal.
Fee Remission Status: No fee remission offered.

Social Science Matrix is hiring a team of social-science graduate students to help curate and produce content for our website, and to help us highlight the innovative research coming out of the social sciences across the UC Berkeley campus. We seek students who are invested in communicating the collaborative research on disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics to the broader UC Berkeley community as well as the public at large.

As part of our effort to provide a welcoming front door to social science research at Berkeley, Social Science Matrix has developed a content-rich website to showcase the campus’s diverse research initiatives in the social sciences. Our website features a broad array of topically-focused disciplinary and interdisciplinary "research streams," or content channels, to ensure that visitors seeking to explore the Berkeley social science research landscape remain oriented as they navigate across topics.

Furthermore, as content is produced for each channel, some items will also be showcased on the front page of the Matrix website. The overall result is meant to be a dynamically evolving and comprehensive topographic map of Berkeley’s social science research landscape. Examples of current and potential interdisciplinary channels include:

  • Beliefs
  • Cities
  • Citizenship
  • Cognition
  • Consumption
  • Deviance
  • Environments
  • Emotions
  • Governance
  • Identities
  • Mobility
  • Rights
  • Risk
  • Stratification
  • Technology
  • Responsibilities

In order to fulfill our mission, we are hiring graduate students to produce rich, engaging content to showcase on our site. We are interviewing immediately for 4-6 positions (Graduate Student Assistant titles) for up to 25% appointments (10 hours per week). As part of their duties, graduate students will be expected to keep up to date with the latest publications, hires, research projects, and public outreach coming out of each channel and write timely articles reporting such news for the Matrix website. This will include (but not limited to):

  • Event announcements
  • Summaries of recent books
  • Profiles of a lab or working group
  • Interviews with recently tenured (or senior hire) prof about his/her research
  • Coverage of external news coverage of a research topic
  • Announcements of major grants or prizes

Graduate students will be expected to use a variety of means to identify relevant stories, including interviewing researchers, reading new publications, creating databases of research topics, etc. They will then assess complex scholarship and devise the best ways to present it to a wider audience so as to enhance its clarity and impact.

Skills and Requirements

The ideal applicant will possess the following attributes:

  • Superior writing skills, ability to produce high quality written content for broad audiences on a tight deadline.
  • Excellent investigative skills and the ability to stay “in the loop” on the latest social science research accomplishments from UC Berkeley faculty and researchers.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to engage researchers, interview them on their accomplishments with tact and political acumen; and competence in translating specialized knowledge into accessible content for a wider audience.
  • Professionalism and experience working in a professional environment.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter as a single attachment to Please put in the subject heading: Social Science Matrix Content Curator Application. In your cover letter, tell us which 2-3 interdisciplinary channels you would be most suited to and explain why. Please also include one or more writing samples demonstrating your ability to write for a general (non-academic) audience.


There is no firm deadline: resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.