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Senior Research Analyst - The Terner Center for Housing Innovation

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The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley is seeking a full time, open rank Project Scientist who will serve as a Senior Research Analyst and who will help to define and guide the research agenda and portfolio of research activities for the Center. This exciting, newly established Center formulates bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable and affordable homes and communities. It is a collaborative effort between the College of Environmental Design (CED) and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business.

The Analyst will serve as a member of the Terner Center’s leadership team, working closely with the Center’s Faculty Director and Faculty Research Advisor (senior staff) to develop and carry out the Center’s research agenda, including: identifying new research opportunities, developing research designs and conceptual frameworks, and formulating policy proposals. The Analyst will conduct independent research and produce policy papers and briefs with limited oversight, as well as manage and support a small research team in conducting research projects, including supervising and reviewing the data collection, data analysis, and report production processes. He/She will collaborate with senior staff to generate funding for research projects, and assist with developing grant proposals and other development efforts. The position will lead and manage external research partnerships, including working with senior staff to establish new research collaborations. The Analyst will work with the communications team to translate academic research into materials intended for non-academic audiences.
Basic qualifications: a terminal degree in Planning, Public Policy/Administration, Urban Economics, or equivalent field at time of application. A PhD is preferred.
He/She should have experience working with data sources such as the Census/ACS, PUMS, and HMDA. Experience with manipulating and analyzing datasets with SAS, STATA, or R, as well as a working knowledge of GIS is expected. We are looking for candidates with a minimum of 3 years of relevant research experience, with a focus in at least one of the following areas: urban policy, affordable housing, land use, or real estate.

Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal housing programs or land use regulations is strongly preferred. The candidate should also have strong organizational, analytical, and project management abilitie s, and be comfortable working on a team. Management experience is desirable. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing and communication skills.

The Center seeks candidates whose research has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

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:

Expected start date will be mid-January, 2016, however, this position will be opened until filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit application to this link:, including CV, cover letter, research portfolio which includes three or more pieces for which you were the soul or principal person, and contact information for three to five references. Letter of reference are not needed at this time. If the search committee requests them at a later date, 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.

Please direct any inquiries to: Debra Downey @


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Research Portfolio - 3 pieces or more of research for which you were the solo or principal person.

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