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University of California Berkeley
  • Position Number: 3597255
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Postdoctoral Scholar - The Possibility Lab

Position overview
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and based on UC Berkeley's Postdoctoral salary table. This position is eligible for full postdoctoral benefits. Percent time: 100% Anticipated start: 7/1/2023 Position duration: One year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 3, 2023 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 Possibility Lab, led by Professor Amy Lerman at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar in political science, sociology, economics or a related field with a focus on applied public policy, social inequality, civic engagement, and/or racial justice.

The position is a full-time research opportunity that provides freedom to develop one's own research agenda (50%), as well as expectations to collaborate with Possibility Lab faculty, faculty affiliates, and research staff on current and new research projects.

The Possibility Lab focuses on community-engaged, data-driven innovation for the public good. Possibility Lab projects cover a range of topics, from criminal justice to housing and public health, with a focus on data-driven public policy research that is co-designed in collaboration with government and community partners. These partnerships often involve descriptive data analysis of large administrative data, conducting and analyzing surveys, and designing and implementing randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

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 four years of post-degree research experience by start date.
    Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in public service, public policy, field experiments, and community organizing.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Ability to facilitate discussions about topics that advance racial equity and community engagement.
    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 (for additional information go to

    • An example of original research, published or unpublished
    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)
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    The University of California, Berkeley 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:

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    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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    Berkeley, CA

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