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About the California Policy Lab
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 problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, 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 headed by an Executive Director and a Faculty Director.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 19, 2019.
The Research Associate will join our growing team at a critical juncture in our development. CPL has several projects in flight, ranging on topics from criminal justice and education to employment and the social safety net. The Research Associate will be responsible for preparing and analyzing large administrative datasets; helping to design and implement rigorous research designs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies; preparing graphs, tables, and other displays of research results; preparing reports and presentations; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables. The Research Associate will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide datadriven research and technical assistance to governmental partners. The Research Associate will report to a Research Director at our Berkeley site.
The Research Associate will apply a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. The 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 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.
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, who also serves as the Faculty Director of CPL-Berkeley.
- Analyzes sensitive individual-level administrative data; prepares and summarizes information; recommends and implements statistical approaches.
- Cleans and prepares data sets, primarily from government sources, for analysis, using STATA.
- Manages projects and relationships with our government partners.
- Collaborates on the design, documentation, testing and implementation of research studies, largely using quantitative methods and methods designed to assess causal impact.
- Assists the Executive Director with administration and execution of the Lab’s other activities.
- Prepares graphs, tables, and other displays of the results of research and analysis. Assists with preparation of manuscripts and presentations, including gathering references, copyediting, and confirming internal consistency.
- Researches and summarizes academic and applied research.
- Bachelors degree in related area (economics, sociology, public policy, or other relevant social/mathematical science field) and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Demonstrated quantitative skills, knowledge, and experience in data/statistical analysis, including analyzing large governmental data sets.
- STATA programming skills or knowledge of another, similar language (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, Python) with commitment to learning STATA.
- Solid interpersonal skills and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills required.
- Organizational skills and attention to detail required.
- Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes required.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member required.
- Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data required.
- Graduate degree in a related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Experience working with large and complex datasets preferred.
- Experience working on randomized controlled trials preferred.
- Proficiency with additional statistical or programming languages such as R, Python, or SAS preferred.
- Experience managing projects and client relationships preferred.
Salary & Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Go to https://jobs.berkeley.edu/job-listings and click “External Applicants” (or “Internal” if you’re a current UC Berkeley employee) and then search for keyword “27020”, which is the job ID.
This is a full-time, two 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.
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