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Assistant Specialist - Land Use - Institute of Urban & Regional Development

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 6th, 2019
Next review date: February 21st, 2019
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: February 21st, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Institute of Urban & Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking an Assistant Specialist to assist faculty researchers on a state-wide land use study. The goal of this research is to identify which state and local land use laws are the proper focus of reforms to increase housing supply in California. The study uses a mixed method research approach, drawing on qualitative field interviews and project-level data from 16 jurisdictions across California.

The Assistant Specialist serves as a core member of the research team, providing support for project-level data collection and data analysis and assisting in research dissemination strategies. The Assistant Specialist will also assist, support and collaborate with a team of undergraduate student researchers and coordinate work-flows across the team of 20+ undergraduate and graduate students.

Appointment length:
This is a one year, 50% time appointment with the possibility of being extended subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start date: March 2019

• Collaborate with research staff to develop data collection protocols and strategies;
• Collect project-level data for new jurisdictions utilizing experience with public portals, zoning maps, geographic information systems, and knowledge of legal requirements of Planning and Zoning law and California Environmental Quality Act;
• Design quantitative database in excel that can be transferred to Stata, R, and other applications for later analysis;
• Draw on experience with open coding to conduct preliminary analysis of qualitative data;
• Coordinate with research staff to develop work flow plans for undergraduate research assistants;
• Assist with managing work flow plans to ensure that undergraduate researchers are meeting their
project deliverables and time commitments;
• Provide weekly project management updates to research leads;
• Act as primary contact for undergraduate research assistant questions;
• Assist with quality checking for undergraduate data collection
• Conduct preliminary spatial analysis of quantitative datasets using ArcGIS and QGIS.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):
B.A. or equivalent International Degree.

Additional Qualifications (by start date):
Two years of research experience

Preferred Qualifications:
(1) BA in Urban Studies or related field.
(2) Training in City and Regional Planning and related legal fields, including land use law or environmental law.
(3) At least 2 years of experience in research in urban studies, local government or related field.
(4) Experience in data analytic techniques.
(5) Experience in a range of research methods (e.g., surveys, interviews).
(6) End-to-end experience with all aspects of research (recruiting participants, moderation, analysis, reporting).
(7) Research experience in local government and land use law.
(8) Work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
(9) Work efficiently and actively cooperate with other staff members within the organization.
(10) English writing and communication skills.
(11) Experience with ArcGIS and programming languages like R as well as design suites like Adobe Creative Cloud.

Salary: To be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application procedure:
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This position will remain open until filled.


Berkeley, CA


3 References required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.

Please direct questions to:
Moira O’Neill (email:

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: ( prior to submitting their letters.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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  • Statement of Research Interests

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