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University of California Berkeley
  • Position Number: 4925288
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Postdoctoral Scholar - Berkeley Center for American Democracy

Position overview
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) 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: 7/1/2024

Position duration: Two years with possibility of renewal depending on funding.

Application Window
Open date: January 9, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, Feb 8, 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: Friday, Mar 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 Berkeley Center for American Democracy, led by Professor David Broockman at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar for research projects on the topics of political polarization, public opinion, and/or political culture in the United States. The position is a full-time research opportunity that provides freedom to develop one's own research part-time. It is expected that the postdoctoral scholar will actively publish research findings and present research. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will:
  1. Help develop the Center's strategy to counter political polarization in consultation with Center faculty and other stakeholders, with the expectation of developing a strategic plan for addressing mass polarization. This plan will particularly focus on the role of American national identity and should result in a paper that can be submitted for academic publication.
  2. Collaborate with Center faculty affiliates on current and new research projects around addressing polarization.
  3. Support the Center's work to communicate with stakeholders and the public around solutions for addressing mass polarization.

The Center for American Democracy supports research on political institutions, political behavior, and political economy in the United States. The Center focuses on research of broad importance to American society, such as the political roots of rising inequality, the political and historical roots of our criminal justice and incarceration crisis, and the causes of political polarization.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program at the time of application.

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
  • PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or related field.
  • Experience in public service, public policy, field experiments, and community organizing.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, especially in grant writing
  • Demonstrated ability to stay organized and meet research deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating a desire to advance diversity, equity, and belonging to establish and maintain positive and professional working relationships with colleagues, students, staff members and practitioner partners.
  • Data Visualization Skills
  • Presentation of Data
  • Project Management

    Application Requirements

    Document requirements
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.
    • 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.
    • An example of original research, published or unpublished

    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)
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    Job location
    Berkeley, CA

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