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Senior Research Associate (6257U) 21946
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 24, 2021
Title Senior Research Associate (6257U) 21946
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Economics - General
    Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Public Policy & Administration

Senior Research Associate (6257U) 21946

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 19, 2021

Departmental Overview

The California Policy Lab (CPL) 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 UC Berkeley and UCLA to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance.

CPL-Berkeley is being incubated in the UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). The mission of the Institute is to promote policy-relevant research in the fields of labor and employment at Berkeley and throughout the University of California. IRLE is headed by a Faculty Director.


The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for preparing and analyzing large administrative datasets; designing and implementing rigorous research designs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies; preparing graphs, tables, and other displays of research results; drafting reports and presentations; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables. The Senior Research Associate will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data- driven research and technical assistance to governmental partners. The Senior Research Associate will report to a Research Director at our Berkeley site.

The Senior Research Associate will apply a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. The Senior Research Associate will collect and clean data, collaborate in research design and model development, and implement studies via advanced data analysis, all while working on multiple research projects concurrently. The Senior Research Associate will lead specific project tasks, oversee staff in small teams on specific tasks, and may co-lead smaller projects. The Senior Research Associate contributes to the design and development of research proposals and the organizational quality assurance process. The position works directly with leading social policy researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA, state and local government agency staff, as well as the leadership team at CPL. The position will require occasional travel to Sacramento or elsewhere in California
  • Plans long-term statistical studies, including the preparation of proposals, power calculations, and determining research designs.
  • Gathers, analyzes, prepares and summarizes the collection of information and data; recommends statistical approaches, trends, sources and uses.
  • Manages projects and relationships with our government partners.
  • Assists with preparation of manuscripts and presentations, including drafting text, creating tables and graphs, gathering references, copyediting, and confirming internal consistency.
  • Assists the Executive Director with administration and execution of the Lab's other activities.
  • Develops systems for organizing data to analyze, identify and report trends; analyzes sensitive individual-level administrative data, leads code review.
  • May supervise data entry, database management and research analysis of students, support staff and / or lower level analysts.

Required Qualifications
  • Statistical analysis and systems programming skills, including analyzing large governmental data sets.
  • Strong STATA programming skills or knowledge of another, similar language (e.g., SAS, R, Python) with commitment to learning STATA.
  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations.
  • Working knowledge of research design, including quasi-experimental designs and randomized controlled trials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail required. Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, public policy, or other relevant social/mathematical science field and/or equivalent years experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.
  • Experience with research design, including quasi-experimental designs and randomized controlled trials.
  • In addition to strong skills in one language, proficiency with additional statistical or programming languages such as R, Python, STATA, or SAS.
  • Professional experience in a research setting, preferably managing projects and working with government partners.
  • Experience managing projects and client relationships.
  • Graduate degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $77,300 - $94,000/annually. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full-time, 2 year contract position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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