Graduate Student Researcher

Graduate student researcher opportunity
The California Policy Lab seeks a graduate student researcher for immediate hire on an urgent project that must be completed by the end of 2022. The GSR’s work would inform state spending on COVID-recovery-related research. The GSR would conduct a landscape analysis of social and economic research related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of identifying gaps that the state Department of Public Health could fund under their Collaborative for Pandemic Recovery and Readiness Research. It would be a good opportunity for a Masters or PhD student looking to identify research projects in this area or draft a literature review on this topic:

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic and social outcomes, including labor markets, housing/mobility, crime, and household finances, as well as the effectiveness of government efforts to stabilize those areas.

The primary tasks for the GSR would be synthesizing existing literature and writing up a landscape analysis. We prefer candidates with demonstrated knowledge of a variety of methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses. The GSR could work remotely or in person at UC Berkeley. Compensation could include full tuition/fee remission, and the exact % time, Step, and duration would be determined in negotiation with the selected applicant.

CPL’s 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, racial justice, and education inequality. We have a track record of attracting and retaining talented early PhD students who appreciate having an institutional “home” where they can collaborate over several years.

To apply, please send a CV and a short statement of interest to Please be sure to indicate (a) when you could start, (b) your % availability, and (c) your relevant experience. We will start reviewing applications immediately and will remove this posting from our careers page when the position is filled.

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