Job Details

University of California Berkeley
  • Position Number: 4199010
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Political Science

Postdoctoral Scholar - Yardi Scholarship - Department of Political Science

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 $60,000-$71,952. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: The expected start date for this position is September 2023, with a possible alternative start date of January 2024 if necessary for the postdoctoral scholar.

Position duration: Two Years

Application Window
Open date: May 17, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Aug 14, 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 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Department of Political Science is seeking a postdoctoral scholar who will work in collaboration with and under the supervision of Assistant Professor Kirk Bansak.

Research with Professor Bansak will involve collaboration on his existing and/or new academic research projects. Potential project areas of interest could include (but are not limited to): political methodology; computational social science; design, analysis, and application of conjoint experiments; immigration, refugee, and asylum politics; algorithmic decision-making in public policy; technology and democracy; economic crisis and austerity politics; and public opinion.

In addition to the research component, the postdoctoral scholar will contribute to the Yardi Scholarship program in coordination with Professor Bansak, who is the program's Faculty Director. Launching in Fall 2023, the Yardi Scholarship brings together undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and the College of Letters & Science-Social Sciences Division for a signature experience centered around the intersection of democracy and technology. Yardi Scholars benefit from financial support, a dynamic curriculum, intellectual community, and a program to foster and apply their commitment to improving the world around them. Once fully implemented, the Yardi Scholarship will support 60 students.


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, Economics, Statistics, and related fields, in particular those with interests in public policy, quantitative methods, and/or themes around democracy, technology, and social change
  • Training in causal inference and/or machine learning
  • Extensive experience in statistical programming (R and/or Python preferred)
  • Experience in data collection and organization
  • Demonstrated ability to stay organized and meet research deadlines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating a desire to advance diversity, equity, and belonging to establish and maintain positive and professional working relationships with colleagues, students, and staff members
  • Interest in the thematic mission and programmatic components of the Yardi Scholarship

    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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    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (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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    Job location
    Berkeley, CA

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