Postdoctoral Scholar- California Policy Lab -Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)
The California Policy Lab (CPL) at University of California, Berkeley creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California's flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California's most urgent issues, including homelessness, poverty, criminal justice reform, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at the University of California to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance. CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization.
Description of Duties
The post-doctoral researcher will work closely with faculty at UC Berkeley and with government partners of the California Policy Lab on data-driven projects related to criminal justice, education, social safety net, employment, and/or housing and homelessness. The post-doctoral researcher will be involved in every aspect of the research, from research design to data analysis and reporting. The position will give this early career scholar a chance to build their research portfolio by taking advantage of CPL's existing partnerships with California agencies, including the Franchise Tax Board, Department of Social Services, the Community College system, the Department of Justice, and the Health and Human Services Agency, as well as several local partners.
The post-doc would develop project leadership experience and gain extensive practice working with large administrative data sets. Duties will include research design, intensive data analysis, and assisting with the creation of presentations, internal reports, and academic articles for publication. The post-doc will also be responsible for project management, communicating with agency partners and mentoring graduate students and other staff who are assisting with projects. The post-doc will be expected to spend 50% of their time on CPL projects (some of which would lead to co-authored papers) and 50% of their time will be spent on independent research projects, subject to PI review and approval, that can draw on CPL's data infrastructure. The postdoctoral scholar will be assigned a mentor from among CPL's faculty affiliates with aligned research interests, who will provide mentorship and guidance. The position does not include teaching obligations.
With a mission to improve the lives of California's diverse population, CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization and we encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and identities, including from groups that are underrepresented in academia.
Under the mentorship of your faculty sponsor, design rigorous research projects that answer policy-relevant questions, in collaboration with government partners
Play a lead role on research projects, including project management.
Manage the work of research associates and/or graduate students, who provide analytic and relationship support on some projects.
Be the primary point of contact with government agency partners. The postdoc will manage those relationships, provide deliverables on time, attend and organize meetings with stakeholders, and keep engagement active and bidirectional.
Prepare applications for funding.
Act as a subject matter expert and project manager for other CPL projects.
This position will report to Professor Jesse Rothstein.
To apply, visit https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03230