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College of Business Administration

Research Assistant Position at the CBA Behavioral Business Research Lab


The lab has several openings every quarter for the position of Research Assistant, who will staff CBA Behavioral Business Research Lab as a member of the lab.

Job Description

RA’s will work primarily at the lab (CLA98 C6-10) for 16 hours a week with faculty, staff, and other RA’s. The RA is likely to be involved in multiple studies, doing exploratory research using our library’s research databases, coding and entering, and editing data, and running laboratory studies by administering computer-aided experiments with undergraduate student subjects, designing computer-aided survey and online survey, and proofreading manuscripts and surveys among other things.


Applicants must have taken STA120 or equivalent (TOM302 or IBM330 is preferred) with B or higher grade. Successful applicants would have curiosity in the psychology and behavior of customers and should be able to pay attention to details with excellent writing and communication skills. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Once selected, RA’s will be allowed to use the experience to fulfill internship course credit (optional) and learn many research skills including SPSS, R, and Qualtrics.  After the quarter is over, the RA’s may be allowed to use the Behavioral Lab resources to do their own research under the faculty’s guide and perhaps participate in research competitions such as GfK Next generation researcher competition (October), Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Competition (January), and California State University Student Research Competition (May). Successful RA’s are considered a lifetime member of the lab, and will be given support for their future endeavors. The position is renewable upon successful completion of a quarter, and is a good preparation for off-campus market research jobs. All RA’s who were serious in a career in market research were offered at least one job prior to graduation. There is no monetary compensation for this position.

Who should consider this position?

While having experience in this position would benefit any students, those who are planning to apply to graduate schools and those who want to work as a market researcher/analyst in any private companies, government, or not-for-profit organizations as any organizations need some of their employees to perform such functions.

Work hours and Duration

Under normal circumstances, the lab will open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. For summer quarter, it will open on Mondays and Wednesdays.


The lab has openings every quarter and you are encouraged to apply early preferably prior to the start of the following quarter registration. If you are interested, please send (1) a cover letter detailing your interest and importance of this position for your career, along with (2) a most recent resume (with GPA), and (3) unofficial transcript to Dr. Jae Min Jung at by the fourth week of the quarter immediately preceding the following quarter during which you want to work as an RA. Review of application will start immediately and decisions will be made prior to the next quarter registration to help you with scheduling classes for the following quarter.