Staff & Student Jobs

OURS is currently hiring for one position: 

Part-time Research Mentor for Undergraduate STEM Researchers 

Pay:  $25 per hour, does not include any student fee remission

Hours: 25% position (Student Assistant IV). The hours average out to 8-10 hours/week but they do vary significantly during a few windows of time during the appointment (see details below).

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS) is seeking a Physics Department graduate student to advise undergraduates in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SURF) and to assist in the administration of the program. This is a position for someone who enjoys working with highly motivated undergraduates in diverse fields, and would like to strengthen his or her mentoring skills.

In spring of 2019, SURF will award stipends to about 100 undergraduates; a portion of which will be dedicated to physical science students.  Under the supervision of the OURS director and SURF Coordinator, the “SURF Program Advisor” will work with the 2019 cohort of STEM fellows to: 

  • help them launch their summer projects, which occasionally includes the process of applying for human subjects approval from CPHS
  • promote scholarly community
  • and assist fellows in effectively presenting their summer findings in a poster or research presentation format. 

More specifically, the SURF Program Advisor will: 

  • assist in evaluating applications
  • help organize an orientation for new fellows
  • convene a number of research cluster meetings so that fellows can discuss and troubleshoot research issues during the summer
  • offer workshops on effective conference presentations with slides
  • check up on research progress, especially for fellows who are away from Berkeley
  • set up practice presentations and give students feedback as they prepare for the August 22+23, 2019SURF Conference (on campus)
  • offer feedback on poster drafts (for relevant poster presenters)
  • help organize a two day research conference (August 22+23, 2019)


This position is designed for a graduate student with a broad background in the sciences, math, or technology and a strong knowledge of and interest in research methods; demonstrated experience in giving constructive and encouraging feedback to undergraduates; and familiarity with the resources of the campus as needed by undergraduate researchers.  Administrative experience also desirable; the SURF program significantly utilizes Excel as well as all of the Google suite of tools.


This position runs from mid February through August 31, 2018, with variable hours as the program cycle requires:  8-10 hours average per week, peaking at these times: during the application processing period (February 21-mid March), and the conference preparation period (the first few weeks of August).  Applicants are required to work the entire SURF Conference (August 22+23, 2019).  Although there will be opportunity for the SURF Program Advisor to take weeks off between February and August, we cannot consider applicants who will not be available for the peak windows of time during pre-application, application processing, and conference periods. 

This position does not include any student fee remission. For graduate students interested in this position who will already have a 50% GSI or GSR position during the spring term, you will need to obtain a waiver from your department to make yourself eligible for 75% employment on campus.

We are accepting applications now, on a rolling basis until position is filled.


Please email cover letter and CV to: 


Brittany Johnson

SURF Coordinator