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Postdoctoral Scholar - Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 18th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jul 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Sep 3, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 for Business and Social Impact at Haas at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee (Title Code 3252), with expertise in fintech, financial services, and financial inclusion, at 100% full-time with an expected start date of as soon as possible.

This position is funded for two years. It is full-time for a one-year term with renewal contingent on performance. (Salary will be commensurate with experience).

The Fellow will be part of Berkeley’s newly formed Fintech and Financial Inclusion Initiative (FFII), housed jointly in the Haas School of Business and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). The Initiative’s mission is to generate a portfolio of rigorous academic research that informs and inspires innovation in fintech and financial services for unbanked and vulnerable populations, and the growth of small and medium enterprises. Paul Gertler, Haas School of Business, and Joshua Blumenstock, School of Information, co-direct FFII. Faculty from the departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Economics, the Haas Business School, and the Information School are affiliated with the initiative. As part of FFII, the fellow will have the opportunity to study issues related to financial inclusion both on the household and firm side using novel administrative datasets and field experiments with engaged industry partners.

Basic Qualifications
• Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.

Additional qualification:
• Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) required by start date.

Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) by start date in economics, finance, and related fields who are interested in studying themes related to fintech, financial services, and financial inclusion are invited to apply.
Scholars with strengths in applied microeconometrics, field experiments, and applied data science (including machine learning and computational methods for working with unstructured data) are particularly encouraged.

Please visit the following link to apply:
Questions to David Beausoleil at

References should be from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s written work and qualifications for the position. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. a dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The Haas School of Business is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunities in higher education through their research.

In accordance with the applicable campus, department, program, and unit procedures, postdoctoral scholars may need to exercise flexibility and be self-directed during the emergency transition to working remotely.

For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position.

UC Berkeley Postdoctoral Scholars are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are currently exclusively represented by United Auto Workers Local 5810.

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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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)