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Data Scientist (6257U) - CED
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 8, 2020
Title Data Scientist (6257U) - CED
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Information Technology

Data Scientist (6257U) - CED

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: 6/29/20

Departmental Overview

The Data Scientist role involves gathering, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety of research data. Designs and conducts research including selecting data samples, developing research instruments, analyzing collected information according to established statistical methods, and developing recommendations based on research findings. Prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids to interpret and communicate data and results.


20% Builds cutting-edge front-end data products and visualizations that can help bring new understanding to housing supply, quality, sustainability, access, and inclusion.

15% Uses open-source tools to develop flexible, reproducible, and clearly documented pipelines for cleaning, managing, and analyzing existing datasets.

15% Creatively applies data science techniques (e.g. web scraping, natural language processing) to generate new datasets from public and private sources.

15% Builds back-end systems and processes to collect, analyze, combine, and store multiple sources of data that can support the Center's research team.

15% Authors or co-author papers, blogs, visualizations, and other dissemination materials.

5% Collaborates with other team members with a range of technical experience levels, and provide training to build team technical capacity as needed.

5% Participates in development and implementation of data security policies and procedures.

5% Keeps abreast of technical advances in storage, documentation and dissemination of computerized data.

5% May supervise data entry, database management and research analysis of students, support staff and / or lower level analysts.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated analytics and programming experience in a professional or academic environment.
  • Knowledge of database design and management (SQL experience a plus).
  • Display strong interpersonal skills with experience translating complex concepts for non-technical audiences.
  • Possess strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced proficiency with Python or R and working knowledge of both, as well as experience working with spatial data (e.g. mapping). Proficiency with Git or related version-control software tools preferred.
  • Experience with statistical software such as Stata or SAS, and data visualization and/or design software such as Carto, InDesign, or Tableau preferred.
  • Demonstrated exposure to and/or experience with cloud computing or distributed computing technologies.
  • Experience applying data science methods - including machine learning, natural language processing, web scraping, or big data platforms - to applied research questions.
  • Show interest in domestic economic and social public policy issues. Specific interest in housing markets and housing policy preferred.
  • Interest in working on a small, entrepreneurial team committed to social impact, positive attitude, and interest in creative problem-solving.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Salary range designated for this position is $75,400 - $100,00; however, salary is commensurate with experience.

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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