Research Assistant (6256U) 19504

San Francisco
Jun 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Assistant (6256U) 19504 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: June 23, 2021

Departmental Overview

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to partner with California's state and local governments to generate scientific evidence that solves California's most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA to help evaluate and improve public programs through empirical research and technical assistance. CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization.

The Research Assistant will contribute to projects on topics from criminal justice and education to employment and the social safety net. The Research Assistant will be responsible for preparing and analyzing large administrative datasets; helping to implement rigorous research designs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies; preparing graphs, tables, and other visual displays of research results; contributing to literature reviews, reports, and presentations; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables. The Research Assistant will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data-driven research and technical assistance to governmental partners.

The position is in our Berkeley office. CPL-Berkeley is incubated in UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).

  • Under the direction of the CPL Research Director and other senior research staff, cleans and prepares sensitive individual-level administrative data, primarily from government sources, for analysis, using Stata or another similar program
  • Collaborates on the documentation, testing, and implementation of research studies, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi- experimental studies
  • Under guidance from senior research staff, analyzes research data; prepares and summarizes information; implements statistical approaches.
  • Prepares graphs, tables, and other visual displays of the results of research and analysis.
  • Assists with preparation of manuscripts and presentations, including gathering references, copyediting, and confirming internal consistency.
  • Under the direction of the CPL Research Director, researches and summarizes academic and applied research

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data/statistical analysis, including analyzing large datasets.
  • Statistical programming skills using STATA or another, similar language (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, Python).
  • Solid interpersonal skills and communication skills, including strong writing skills.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.

Salary & Benefits

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 full-time, 2-year contracted 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.

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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