Research Assistant - Research Technician I (Temporary) (5920)

  • Cal State University (CSU) East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research

Job Description


The starting salary will be between $3,103.00/month to $3,500.00/month.

Cal State East Bay offers a broad range of benefits that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement (CalPERS), 401k, 457, 403(b), dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, life insurance, vacation and sick, 13 paid holidays, one personal holiday and tuition fee waiver.

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Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.


The Research Assistant will work with the Principal Investigator (PI) on research on the ATLAS Particle Physics experiment. The work includes two pieces: 1) analysis of ATLAS data using C++, specifically assisting PI on the Di-Higgs analysis; 2) hardware work on the ATLAS pixel detector upgrade, conducted at SLAC National Laboratory. The research assistant will keep in close communication with the PI so that progress can be monitored and tasks may be adjusted as necessary. Travel to SLAC National Laboratory (Menlo Park, CA) is foreseen.

This is a grant-funded, temporary, full-time position through December 31, 2021, with the possibility of reappointment.


Compare signal and background distributions for different variables in the ATLAS Di-Higgs bbtautau analysis, particularly looking at VBF produced signal. Produce PowerPoint presentations clearly explaining work.
* Write C++ code to create histograms. Option to use jupiter notebooks.
* Make changes gradually and understand the output.
* Present PowerPoint slides in local group meeting on average every two weeks.

Assist in the loading of the ATLAS pixel upgrade modules.
* Plan for appropriate measurements to be made with the Coordinate Measurement Machine.
* Make the planned measurements when prototype modules are produced.
* Assist with gluing of the modules using the glue robot.
* Attend weekly meetings at SLAC and present updates to the ATLAS group there.


Knowledges and Abilities:
Working knowledge of research techniques and the methods of preparation of research reports; working knowledge of statistical principles and procedures, including methods of frequency series, data, simple correlation methods, sampling techniques, and construction of index numbers.

Ability to assist in preparation of questionnaires, gathering and analyzing research data, and in compiling data for reports and summaries in tabular, graphic, and pictorial form; ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action; ability to speak and write effectively.


One year of experience in technical research or statistical work.

One year of graduate study in the social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business administration, or engineering fields may be substituted for the required experience.


Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university, including or supplemented by a course in statistics.

Additional experience which has demonstrated that the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledges and abilities delineated above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


The Research Assistant must have knowledge of the ATLAS experiment and specifically the ATLAS pixel detector upgrade. Some knowledge of programming and basic particle physics is also needed. Must be willing to learn working knowledge of C++. The assistant must be able to communicate in English, and must be willing to travel to SLAC National Lab.


In addition to the standard Cal State East Bay application, please submit a:

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. List of three (3) or more professional references

Resumes alone will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online application.

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This position will remain open until filled and may close without further notice.

Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt via automatic email reply regarding their application materials. In addition, all applicants who were not selected will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process. Please be patient as this process may take several weeks.


Satisfactory completion of a background check that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.


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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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