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Research Associate (7398U) - 9322
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 31, 2020
Title Research Associate (7398U) - 9322
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) - 9322

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: August 12, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Berkeley Institute for Young Americans (BIFYA) is a research center located at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Its goal is to make national, state, and local policy sustainable and fair across generations. The Institute's mission is to lead a fact-based, non-partisan discussion about how best to invest in future generations, while promoting bold leadership among the Millennial and Gen-Z populations. BIFYA aims to develop research-driven policy proposals to equip policymakers, advocates, and young leaders with the solutions needed to ensure the long-term security and success of the next generation.

  • Conducts quantitative analysis using Stata or other statistical software packages on administrative data sets and/or other incoming data.
  • Is primarily responsible for cleaning data correctly, doing primary analysis, and presenting the results in various formats (tables/graphs etc).
  • Summarizes and consolidates field research into lay terms for non-academics, and works closely with the Director to highlight connections with the Institute, its staff, and its affiliates.
  • Supports authorship of academic papers, policy reports, and other publications by conducting literature reviews, editing or drafting text, and preparing manuscripts for publication.
  • Seeks funding opportunities and prepares relevant grant proposals in concert with principal investigators.
  • Manages relationships with government and funding partners, including regular engagement and client management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for those partners.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identify real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative analysis, including cleaning new 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 required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member required.
  • Undergraduate degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field and/or equivalent experience/training is required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience preferred and/or related graduate degree and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals preferred.
  • Experience working with large and complex datasets preferred.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of general issues of concern in higher education, labor economics, housing policy, health policy, public finance, and other issues with a great impact on young Americans preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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 one year, full-time (40-hour per week), Contract (temporary) position.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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