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Research Associate (7398U), GSPP Department Ops - 36916
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Research Associate (7398U), GSPP Department Ops - 36916
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Research Associate (7398U), GSPP Department Ops - 36916

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.

Departmental Overview

Do you think communities need to have a voice in the policies that affect them? So do we.

At the Possibility Lab, we are launching a national movement to mobilize rigorous community-engaged, data-driven innovation for the public good. By facilitating on-going partnerships between public sector changemakers and academic research teams, we're able to undertake big questions that cut across traditional boundaries.

Led by Dr. Amy Lerman, our small-but-mighty team is passionate about letting data, not ideology, lead the way to a more agile, innovative government. We're a mix of faculty, full-time staff, and students who value integrity, rigor, curiosity, and communication. Together, we celebrate our wins, learn from our missteps, and help each other find solutions. Through our work, we are prototyping ideas with impact that can move us towards an equitable, sustainable future.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join the Possibility Lab at the Goldman School of Public Policy with a focus on Engaged Communities - Criminal Legal System, discovering new ways that government can foster public safety and better serve system-impacted individuals. We are open to researchers with a range of training and experience, and would welcome applicants from non-traditional professional backgrounds who have relevant work experience in related fields.

Projects will cover a range of topics, from public safety to housing and public health, with a focus on data-driven public policy that is co-designed in direct collaboration with government and non-profit partners. The Research Associate's work will involve a range of tasks, such as designing and carrying out interviews and focus groups, descriptive analysis of large administrative data, conducting and analyzing surveys, and designing and implementing randomized controlled trials (RCTs). More broadly, project work will include being part of a team that collaborates with government and non-government research partners to explore ways to better support individuals as they reenter communities after terms of incarceration and engaging system-impacted individuals in substantive participatory research.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 06/16/2022.

  • Manages relationships with student researchers and research partners at government and non-government agencies.
  • Liaison work includes regular engagement and client management, project management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for research partners.
  • Assists research partners in requesting administrative data, managing multiple research databases / datasets, using STATA or other statistical software packages on administrative data sets and/or other incoming data.
  • Responsible for cleaning data correctly, doing primary analysis, and presenting results in various formats (tables/graphs etc).
  • Works with Research Director and faculty Principal Investigators to design and implement rigorous research designs, including - but not limited to - randomized controlled trials (RCTs), survey experiments, and behavioral interventions on issues related to the U.S. criminal legal system.
  • Supports authorship of academic papers, policy reports, and other publications by conducting literature reviews, editing or drafting text, and preparing manuscripts for publication and for presentation to key research partners and stakeholders.
  • Assists TPL leadership in envisioning its work in the U.S. Criminal Legal system, establishes criteria for: selecting projects and working with impacted people, system leaders, and within systems.
  • Seeks funding opportunities and prepares relevant grant proposals in concert with Research Directors and Principal Investigators.
  • May require some evening and weekend work, and occasional travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in both qualitative and quantitative analysis, including assisting research partners in requesting administrative data, cleaning data sets and presenting data in various formats. Demonstrated experience managing client relationships, managing projects independently, meeting project timelines, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders in a productive and timely manner. Ability to take initiative and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups to achieve results. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

  • Master's degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field and / or equivalent training / experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals desired. Experience working on public sector challenges desired. Experience working with large and complex datasets desired. Experience working on randomized controlled trials or behavioral economics projects desired. Two years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience preferred and/or related graduate degree and/or equivalent training or experience desired.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract Appointment, eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension. This position is exempt which is paid monthly and annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $62,300.00 - $90,700.00.

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How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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