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Research Assistant (6256U) - CED
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 2, 2020
Title Research Assistant (6256U) - CED
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 Assistant (6256U) - 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: 7/15/20

Departmental Overview

The role of the Research Assistant involves gathering, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety of research data. The incumbent 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. The Research Assistant prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids to interpret and communicate data and results.


25% Analyzes complex data using spreadsheets and statistical packages. Produces charts and tables containing the results.

15% Maintains and develops research gathering, retrieval and reporting systems.

15% Collaborates on the planning of studies, including methodological decisions such as identifying data sources as well as strategies for data retrieval, cleaning, and version control.

15% Helps draft written communication of research findings for publication, including the creation of graphics and editing. Helps adapt papers to reach various audiences through summaries, blog posts, and other methods. Co-authors some papers, blogs, and other publications.

10% Analyzes and assesses key findings; draws conclusions and provides opinions.

10% Support the development of new projects by contributing to grant writing and/or working with the UC Berkeley contracts office as needed.

5% May be involved in researching, evaluating and selecting new data reporting products.

5% Corresponds with collaborating researchers in other institutions.

Required Qualifications
  • Exceptional organizational, communication, interpersonal and writing skills, including the ability to effectively communicate quantitative and qualitative findings. Strong research skills and the capacity to learn job specific software programs. Experience working with an array of data sources such as Census data, PUMS data, HMDA data Ability to manipulate and analyze large datasets with either SAS, STATA, Python, or R, as well as a working knowledge of GIS. Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal housing programs or land use regulations strongly preferred. Ability to be self-motivated and competent to undertake multiple research and writing assignments simultaneously with direction from supervisor. Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with an interdisciplinary team.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. 1-3 years research experience in urban planning, affordable housing, land use, public policy, real estate, or economics, such as research experience in academia, government, or a public policy or research organization and/or an advanced degree in a related field (i.e., Planning, Public Policy/Administration, Urban Economics).

Salary & Benefits

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

Salary designated for this job is up to $65,000; however, salary is commensurate with experience.

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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