Student Research Assistant Opportunities

Our student research assistants (RAs) are actively involved in conducting hands-on research in the fields of developmental and health psychology. RAs are involved in all aspects of the research process, including hypothesis generation, data collection and analysis, and preparation of conference presentations and manuscripts. We train students on advanced behavioral, observational, and statistical methodology and offer intensive mentoring. Students from the Institute have gone to top graduate programs and have received fellowships. We seek highly motivated and responsible students to join our productive and engaging laboratory at the Berger Institute. RAs are expected to work independently and collaboratively on assigned tasks and research projects, attend weekly research meetings, and maintain frequent and regular communication with research team members. 

Interested in becoming a research assistant for the Berger Institute?

We typically employ 20-25 Research Assistants each semester and our RAs often stay working in the lab for multiple years. Students interested in applying for a position are required to commit to a minimum of six (6) total hours per week over two (2) semesters. Students may select funding or course credit as compensation, but may not receive course credit in addition to payment for the work conducted as a research assistant.

Expectations and Requirements

  • Commitment to a minimum of two semesters working in the lab (one of which may be a summer semester). 
  • Commitment to 6-10 hours/week, including attending weekly 1-hour research lab meetings.
  • A minimum of a 9.0 GPA (equivalent to a 3.0 GPA) is preferred.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to the Berger Project Manager, Leah Russell, at Please include your name and “Interest in Research Assistant Position” in the email subject line.

Questions about this position should be directed to our Project Manager, Leah Russell, at