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Postdoctoral Employee - Affordable Housing, Land Use & Climate Policy - Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: The current minimum salary range for this position is
$64,480 - $77,327. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: May 27 - August 21, 2024 (depending on PhD completion date)
Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability

Application Window

Open date: March 24, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 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: Saturday, Jun 1, 2024 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 Terner Center formulates bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities. Established in 2015, the Terner Center has quickly become a leading voice in identifying, developing, and advancing innovative public and private sector solutions to achieve broader housing affordability for American communities. The Terner Center is focused on identifying ambitious, yet pragmatic solutions to today’s most pressing housing challenges, supported by rigorous, action-oriented research. Our success is measured in part by the extent to which our ideas, research, and solutions influence dialogue, decision-making, and practice among policymakers and private sector leaders. With a focus on high-cost regions and solutions that can help address their unique challenges, the Terner Center pursues ideas that can help expand the supply of housing and lower the cost of production; increase access to homes and opportunity-rich communities for people across the income spectrum; align housing and climate change priorities; and improve the outcomes of major housing policies and programs through rigorous impact assessment.

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position. The Terner Center, housed at UC Berkeley, is a leading policy research institution focused on advancing evidence-driven solutions to the nation’s housing and homelessness crises.

We are currently recruiting for post-docs in three areas:

  • Homelessness and affordable housing, with a specific focus on funding permanent supportive housing and homelessness services through Medicaid waivers;
  • Zoning, land use, and housing supply and finance;
  • The linkages between housing and climate policy, including aligning California’s housing supply and climate mitigation policies, building decarbonization, and climate resilience.

The ideal candidates will have a strong interest in conducting applied research that is responsive to current policy debates in housing and who seek to grow their skills in translating research for policy impact. Post-doctoral scholars will devote 80% time working on Terner research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, research staff, and graduate students. The remaining 20% of time will be available for the successful applicant’s own research. In addition to salary, the Terner Center will provide the postdoc with $4,000 to attend academic or professional conferences.

This position is in-person at UC Berkeley and requires being in the Terner office 2-3 days a week.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree)
  • No more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date
Preferred qualifications
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of housing policy, including through research publications and presentations, or other policy-relevant professional experience
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis with varied data sources
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications in the fields of urban planning, housing, homelessness, sustainability, or related areas
  • Familiarity with designing and executing causally identified quantitative research. Candidates with a background in spatial analysis, data science, and working with large datasets are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Experience working in collaborative research teams and managing relationships with external partners

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Include a statement describing research interests (including any specific faculty collaborators and/or projects you would like to pursue as part of your post-doc).

  • 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. More Information and guidelines.

  • 2 Writing Samples - Include at least one chapter from dissertation.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Oakland, CA