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Junior Specialist - Department of Political Science
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 25, 2023
Title Junior Specialist - Department of Political Science
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 01/15/2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Political Science - General

Junior Specialist - Department of Political Science

Position overview
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$54,600.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Position duration: One year, with possibility of renewal

Application Window
Open date: September 22, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, Oct 7, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jan 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Center for the Study of American Democracy, under the guidance of Professor David Broockman, with the Travers Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley, is seeking highly motivated individuals for the position of Junior Specialist.

The Center for the Study of American Democracy supports research on political institutions, political behavior, and political economy in the United States. The Center focuses on research of broad importance to American society, such as the political roots of rising inequality, the political and historical roots of our criminal justice and incarceration crisis, and the causes of political polarization. Understanding these questions is not only of academic importance but can help guide policymakers and society as the country faces unprecedented new challenges.

The Junior Specialist will support Professor Broockman and other faculty members on their research. The research duties will span several topics, including:

Assistance with the historical data on Congressional proposals. This will entail historical research and data analysis.
Assistance with the gathering data on policing, crime, and crime victimization.
Assistance with the historical data on polarization in the United States.
Assistance with gathering data on local governments and politics.
The Junior Specialist will also provide occasional support for the activities of the Center, such as publicizing faculty research.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Completion of Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) is required at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
Coding skills in Stata or R
Research assistance experience
Desire to pursue an advanced degree in political science or a related field

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

Reference requirements

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The University of California, Berkeley 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, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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