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Junior Specialist-Economics-College of Letters & Sciences

Application Window

Open date: September 25th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Oct 9, 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: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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.

Position description

The Junior Specialist position is within the Department of Economics, in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley. Research Specialists are academic appointees in an organized bargaining unit and are exclusively represented by the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), AFL-CIO and its Local Union 5810.

The position involves close collaboration with Professor Malmendier in order to: build datasets, produce insights from data, conduct statistical analyses, simulate models, prove model properties, contribute to academic papers, and oversee an undergraduate research team. There is also engagement with Professor Malmendier's coauthors, some of the top economics professors from Berkeley and other top universities. Projects typically involve behavioral economics and related topics, including the effects of experience on risk preferences, behavioral biases in recruitment and economic influence of overconfidence, etc.

The initial appointment is for 1 year, with renewal based on performance and funding. This is an 100% full time appointment.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please submit your application at the following link:
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Marianne Callahan, HR Coordinator:

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) or working towards a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) program at time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) by date of hire

Preferred Qualifications:
1‐2 years demonstrated programming experience and skilled in in one or more modern data science languages (e.g., R, Python, etc.). Advanced training in mathematical microeconomics and econometrics. Prior experience assisting with research for a professor in Economics, Finance, Statistics, or Econometrics, ideally at a research‐ oriented university.

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:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and the Department of Economics. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)