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Research Associate (7398U), GSPP Department Ops - 33080
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 26, 2022
Title Research Associate (7398U), GSPP Department Ops - 33080
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Public Policy & Administration
    Economics - General

Research Associate (7398U), GSPP Department Ops - 33080

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.

Departmental Overview

The People Lab (TPL) at the Goldman School of Public Policy aims to transform the public sector by producing cutting-edge research with the people in government and the communities they serve. Using insights from behavioral science and evidence from public management, we design and evaluate initiatives that can solve urgent public sector challenges. Projects range from: how to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, how to reduce burnout in front line workers, how to increase take-up of social programs, how to increase trust in government and how to improve government programs for vulnerable populations. The vast majority of studies involve a survey experiment or a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and direct collaboration with government agencies and their stakeholders.

This position involves working with a diverse team of scholars, led by Professors Amy Lerman and Elizabeth Linos, who are passionate about conducting applied data-driven research on key priorities of government. The selected candidate will serve as a Research Associate within the Engaged Communities - Criminal Legal System program area, focusing on ways that government can better serve system-impacted individuals. Specific project work will include working with government and non-government research partners to explore ways to better support individuals as they reenter communities after terms of incarceration and engaging system-impacted individuals in substantive participatory research practices.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 4, 2022.

  • Manages relationships with student researchers and research partners at government and non-government agencies.
  • Liaison work includes regular engagement and client management, project management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for research partners.
  • Assists research partners in requesting administrative data, managing multiple research databases / datasets, using STATA or other statistical software packages on administrative data sets and/or other incoming data.
  • Responsible for cleaning data correctly, doing primary analysis, and presenting results in various formats (tables/graphs etc).
  • Works with Research Director and faculty Principal Investigators to design and implement rigorous research designs, including - but not limited to - randomized controlled trials (RCTs), survey experiments, and behavioral interventions on issues related to the U.S. criminal legal system.
  • Supports authorship of academic papers, policy reports, and other publications by conducting literature reviews, editing or drafting text, and preparing manuscripts for publication and for presentation to key research partners and stakeholders.
  • Assists TPL leadership in envisioning its work in the U.S. Criminal Legal system, establishes criteria for: selecting projects and working with impacted people, system leaders, and within systems.
  • Seeks funding opportunities and prepares relevant grant proposals in concert with Research Directors and Principal Investigators.
  • May require some evening and weekend work, and occasional travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in both qualitative and quantitative analysis, including assisting research partners in requesting administrative data, cleaning data sets and presenting data in various formats. Demonstrated experience managing client relationships, managing projects independently, meeting project timelines, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders in a productive and timely manner. Ability to take initiative and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups to achieve results. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

  • Master's degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field and / or equivalent training / experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals desired. Experience working on public sector challenges desired. Experience working with large and complex datasets desired. Experience working on randomized controlled trials or behavioral economics projects desired. Two years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience preferred and/or related graduate degree and/or equivalent training or experience desired.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $62,300.00 - $90,700.00. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

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Other Information

This is a one year (with possibility for renewal), 100% full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits. Dependent upon available funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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