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Below are current job openings at the Global Policy Lab

  1. Post doc (full time, start 5/2016)  - apply here
  2. Project manager (full time, start 5/2016) - apply here
  3. Research analyst (full time, start 5/2016) - application instructions below

Project in measuring sustainable development

The lab is beginning a two year research program bringing rigorous quantitative analysis to bear on the empirical measurement of sustainable development at industrial scale in a real world setting.

Sustainable development is a well-established theoretical concept in environment and resource economics, requiring that a population invest new capital resources at least as rapidly as they are removed or damaged from a system, however it has yet to be determined if this condition is met in any real world scenarios.

Achieving sustainable development requires that we are able to quantitatively monitor economic and environmental conditions and decisions in real time, so that the costs and benefits of management choices can be evaluated as they arise.

Our team will design, develop, and deploy a system to quantify and monitor management decisions at a full-scale mixed agricultural-industrial site in New Zealand. Our findings and innovations will advance our understanding of how sustainable development can be effectively achieved at the firm level, with the goal of similar systems being developed and deployed around the world.

The five member team will be based at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and will be led by Principle Investigator Solomon Hsiang.

Available Position: Post Doc

We are recruiting a full-time, one-year Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee (3252) with the possibility of a one-year extension.

The chosen candidate will be responsible for leading the academic research program for the project in coordination with Prof. Solomon Hsiang and the Project Manager. There are substantial opportunities beyond the scope of the central project for the candidate to develop their own research portfolio.

Minimum qualification: A PhD or equivalent in economics, environmental sciences, statistics, or related fields or the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional requirements: Candidates must have completed their doctoral dissertations in economics environmental sciences, statistics, or related fields by May, 2016. Candidates will have experience designing research, working collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, and communicating scientific findings.

Preferred qualifications: Expert in a statistical programming platform (e.g. Matlab, Stata, R, Python) and possess an understanding of techniques for causal inference, along with having excellent communication skills. Ideal candidates will have worked on the analysis of spatial data, experience publishing manuscripts, and fluency or strong knowledge of both environmental economics and earth, environmental, and/or agricultural sciences. 

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualification. UC Berkeley offers excellent benefits packages as well as a number of policies and programs in to support employees as they balance work and family.

All interested applicants should apply at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00990. For information about the position or application process, please contact Emily Martinez at emartinez24@berkeley.edu. A complete application will include 1) Your most recently updated CV 2) cover letter 3) 2 writing samples and 4) 3 letters of recommendation.

AVAILABLE POSITION: Project Manager

The Global Policy Lab in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a full-time, one-year Associate Specialist (3310), i.e. Project Manager, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

The chosen candidate will be responsible for coordinating the research program, managing program resources, and maintaining communication and coordination with project partners. Project managers should expect to become deeply involved in the research program and will have opportunities to engage in analysis.

Qualifications: The minimum basic qualification required to be considered an applicant for this position is a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience conducting research.

Additional qualifications: Candidates should have experience managing project teams, working collaboratively, and experience with research. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and organizational abilities.

Preferred qualifications: Candidates will have experience conducting research and are comfortable working with quantitative data. Candidates with a PhD or Master’s degree in economics, environmental sciences, policy, business, statistics, or related fields by May, 2016.

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualification. UC Berkeley offers excellent benefits packages as well as a number of policies and programs in to support employees as they balance work and family.

All interested applicants should apply at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01011. For information about the position or application process, please contact Emily Martinez at emartinez24@berkeley.edu. A complete application will include 1) Your most recently updated resume or CV 2) cover letter 3) writing sample and 4) letters of recommendation.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Research Analyst

The Research Analyst will work on a major research project to develop new methods and systems to quantitatively monitor sustainable development at industrial scale. These techniques will form the foundation of new management strategies to achieve large scale sustainability.

The analyst will be responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. The analyst will work with team members to develop mathematical models for application to the data. The analyst will help prepare materials to help communicate findings. The analyst will work team members to develop models and will work with senior team members to identify priorities.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Working knowledge and skills in a statistical programming platform (e.g. Matlab, Stata, R) and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Prior research experience.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and provide informed consultation to key stakeholders. 
  • Background in econometrics, statistics, data science, or computer programming.
  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and written.
  • Website design experience is a plus.

Education/Training: Bachelors degree in engineering, economics, earth and environmental sciences, policy, data science, computer science or related quantitative fields and/or equivalent experience/training.

How to apply for the Research Analyst position: 

  1. go to http://jobs.berkeley.edu
  2. search for Job ID 21361
  3. check that the job title is "Research Analyst, GSPP (6256U) #21361"
  4. apply!