Research Associate

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 25, 2019

Departmental Overview

The Goldman School of Public Policy is a graduate school that prepares students for careers in public leadership.

Goldman School faculty represent the top researchers in their respective fields, which include economics, political science, law, social psychology and engineering. Their expertise ranges from education policy to racial profiling to clean energy. As teachers, they are dedicated to training tomorrow’s policy leaders. As researchers, their work is shaping public policy today.

This position involves helping set up and manage a team of scholars, led by Professor Elizabeth Linos, who are passionate about behavioral science and improving government by focusing on its people. Specifically, how to use what we know from behavioral economics to recruit, retain, and motivate staff, in ways that improves public service delivery. Although projects will vary, the majority of the team’s work will involve conducting applied data-driven behavioral science projects with government partners. The vast majority of studies will involve a field experiment or randomized controlled trial (RCT).


  • Manages relationships with government partners, including regular engagement and client management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for those partners.
  • Conducts econometric analysis using STATA 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).
  • Works with faculty PI to design and implement rigorous research designs, including – but not limited to – randomized control trials (RCTs), survey experiments, and behavioral interventions.
  • Supports authorship of academic papers, policy reports, and other publications by conducting literature reviews, editing or drafting text, preparing manuscripts for publication.
  • Seeks funding opportunities and prepares relevant grant proposals in concert with principal investigators.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • 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 projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding time-frames.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.


  • Undergraduate degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field and/or an equivalent combination of experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years of relevant post-baccalaureate professional experience.
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals.
  • Experience working in the public sector or on public sector challenges.
  • Experience working with large and complex data-sets.
  • Experience working on randomized controlled trials or behavioral economics projects.

Salary & Benefits

Salary range at 100% FTE: $55,100.00 – $84,000.00, 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. Apply via the Berkeley jobs site at and enter the Job Id: 26557.

Other Information

This is a variable (80%-100%) contract position with an approximate duration of one year. Possibility of extension depends on funding.

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.

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