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Cooperative Extension Specialist - Quantitative Policy Analysis - Agricultural and Resource Economics

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Cooperative Extension Specialist in Quantitative Policy Analysis - Agricultural and Resource Economics

JEL Classification: Q1 (Agriculture)

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a full-time Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) in the area of Quantitative Policy Analysis expected to begin July 1, 2018.

We seek candidates who would develop a research and extension program in economic policy analysis at the regional level and statewide within the broadly defined areas of agricultural economics, natural resources, land use, regional development and environmental sustainability.

Extension: The research output of this specialist would be relevant to a wide range of interests, including farmers, environmental groups, labor unions, legislators, the news media and the public. This individual’s research and extension program would provide a resource for county advisors and local government officials addressing stakeholders’ questions regarding the local impacts of proposed and implemented policies, including policies regarding land use changes.

Research: The specialist would be expected to develop and implement economic models of California’s agricultural and natural resource sectors for the purpose of conducting economic evaluation of public policies and other changes. The models would be used to calculate changes in the welfare of various groups, including farmers, landowners, workers, consumers, and others. Such information is in great demand by policy makers and stakeholders, and is relevant to policy debates regarding water resource allocation, land use changes, biofuels, labor policies, AB32 implementation, etc. The models developed by the specialist could include modern programming and computable general equilibrium models, and econometric models of the type commonly employed by economists to identify the effects of interventions in the economy.

The specialist would be expected to develop data and methods for measuring the contribution of agriculture and natural resource industries to the California economy. Traditionally, this information has been developed within the context of input-output models; the specialist would be expected to utilize more modern methods in addition to these standard tools.

Publication outlets for the specialist’s research include ARE Update (the newsletter of the agricultural economics departments at Davis and Berkeley), California Agriculture, websites, professional journals, conference proceedings and working papers. The specialist would be expected to make policy studies available on the departmental website, and disseminate research findings to other web-based outlets.

ANR Network: This specialist would complement existing ANR research and extension efforts, most specifically the Geospatial Innovation Facility focusing on the use of “big data” to answer policy-related questions. This complementarity would aid in reestablishing economics in Cooperative Extension at UC Berkeley as the individual would be able to integrate himself/herself into an existing network.

Network External to ANR: The specialist would be expected to attend professional meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the Regional Science Association.

Support: Office space occupied by this specialist will be located in Giannini Hall on the Berkeley campus, in close proximity to other researchers and students with common interests in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Giannini Hall is located in the College of Natural Resources, adjacent to Wellman, Hilgard, Mulford and Koshland Halls. The specialist will be provided with a startup package to be negotiated, but that is expected to include moving expenses and research support.

Other Support: The specialist will be a member of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, which grants access to annual mini-grants for graduate student support, conferences and other resources.

Location: The specialist would be based on the Berkeley campus. This location is sensible since it is the home of the Geospatial Innovation Facility, the Berkeley Water Center, CITRIS, the Energy Biosciences Institute, and the Center for Fire Research and Outreach – all research units with potentially strong connections to the specialist’s activities. The Berkeley ARE department is also home to an impressive concentration of econometricians working in the area of policy evaluation, a resource that is expected to increase the specialist’s research productivity.

Applicants must have completed all degree requirements for the Ph.D. or equivalent degree with the exception of dissertation at the time of application. The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree (or relevant terminal degree) in applied economics, agricultural and resource economics, or public policy, by the appointment start date. The candidate should be able to work productively with diverse communities and stakeholders, and to build cross-disciplinary teams. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Specialist will be expected to develop a nationally competitive research program and to obtain extramural grant funds. Meaningful engagement in University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resource’s Strategic Initiatives and Program Teams is also essential for a successful program, see ( and

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, Job Market Paper or Research Paper, a letter of intent containing a statement of research and extension interests and/or experience, and three letters of recommendation (requested directly through our online application system). Applicants may also submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity (statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service). 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:

The closing date for this search is December 1, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

Applicants may contact Diana Lazo at with any questions regarding this recruitment.

For additional information on the Department and the campus visit, and

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity 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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Job Market or Research Paper

  • Letter of Intent - Including a statement of research and extension interests and/or experience,

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required