Data Scientist (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute 18097

San Francisco
May 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Data Scientist (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute 18097 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: May 17, 2021

**Applications will be accepted, reviewed, and remain open for full consideration and until filled.**

Departmental Overview

The Othering and Belonging Institute (“the Institute”) brings together researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change. The Institute serves as a national hub of a vibrant network of researchers and community partners, and, as such, plays a leadership role in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement for societal good. The Institute advances research and policy related to marginalized groups and social cleavages including disability, LGBTQO citizenship, race, religion, economics, public health, education, democracy and the new emerging research on global north/global south relations. The Institute represents a tremendous opportunity to bring leading researchers and substantial resources across disciplines to bear on society's pressing and pivotal issues related to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

The Data Scientist serves as a core member of the Institute research team, providing data and statistical analysis for the Institute on a variety of critical issues and to advance Institute program activities and agendas. The Data Scientist will support empirical research and exploration by the Institute and its partners, and mine and structure data to test hypotheses that will guide project development. The Data Scientist will support the research team with data analytics and statistical modeling to help improve the quality and accessibility of the Institute's research projects and publications and build interactive maps and other data visualizations. The Data Scientist will also support archival and retrieval of institute's data and make data accessible to internal researchers and external publications. The Data Scientist will also support partnerships with external organizations such as the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

  • Conducts quantitative and/or spatial analyses, develop statistical models and contribute towards specifications and methods for these models.
  • Collect, clean, store, analyze, and interpret various data sets using statistical software such as R and/or Python, and can model or implement statistical models.
  • Carry out statistical analysis, prepare clear and concise outputs for various reports, or formulate plans to address policy challenges and opportunities related to the Institute's program areas, including but not limited to social, economic, education, environment with a social justice lens.
  • Coordinates with external and internal partners and participate in project and institute wide meetings.
  • Delegating work to junior staff (students, contractors) and supervising their progress to fulfill projects' commitments to deliverables and milestones.

Required Qualifications
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to interpret and manipulate large datasets to develop recommendations and analysis with critical/creative thinking and strong attention to details.
  • Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets.
  • Knowledge and experience working with R or Python.
  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, research methods, and techniques of empirical analysis to organize, direct and coordinate complex and difficult research projects.
  • Ability to develop and present written reports to relate findings and recommendations and identify problems clearly, concisely, and effectively.
  • Self-motivated and responds to changing/overlapping deadlines.
  • Works well both independently and as part of an agile team.
  • Proven ability to delegate and supervise junior staff (students, contractors).
  • Interest in and experience supporting social justice and equity issues.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge and experience with database creation, maintenance and updating using SQL (PostgreSQL, AcuGIS).
  • Knowledge of JavaScript and related data visualization libraries (Node.js, Leaflet, D3, React ).
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information science, principles, and analysis.
  • Solid research skills to enhance our understanding of the issue(s) being investigated.
  • Stellar organizational abilities.
  • Capacity and experience understanding and translating academic findings for lay audiences.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including political acumen, tact and follow-through, to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, and community partners, both verbally and in writing.
  • 3-4 years of experience working in a similar/relevant area of work.
  • Masters degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training in planning, geography, environmental sciences, computer science or a related field.

Salary & Benefits

This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid position. Hourly salary is commensurate with experience up to $34.87.

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 2 year contract appointment.

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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