JPF03540 Research and Policy Associate (Associate/Full Specialist)  
Job Posted: 16 August 2022
Company: UC Berkeley Labor Center - Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Closing Date: Until filled
Location: Berkeley, CA


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The UC Berkeley Labor Center, at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley, has an opening for a Research and Policy Associate.

Founded in 1964, the UC Berkeley Labor Center works on the most pressing economic challenges affecting working families in California and communities across the country. The Labor Center provides timely, policy-relevant research on labor and employment issues for policymakers and stakeholders, and conducts training for a new and diverse generation of worker leaders and students.

Position Overview
The Research and Policy Associate will conduct policy-relevant research on low-wage work and a diverse set of policies that affect working families, immigrants, and communities of color in California and across the country. This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a high-impact, high-visibility organization and to work with a nationally-recognized team of researchers, policy analysts, and academics.

Position Responsibilities

  • Contributing to the low-wage work and future of work teams at the Labor Center, conducting academic and policy-related research relevant to low-wage workers and working families
  • Research methods include: Quantitative research, including statistical analyses drawing on government datasets, academic research and industry trade data; Qualitative research, including field interviews, focus groups, and analysis of secondary sources
  • Providing technical assistance to stakeholders, policy makers, media and internal staff on issues related to low-wage work, labor standards, and other labor and employment topics
  • Coordinating research with academic researchers on other UC Campuses
  • Serving as co-author on research reports and policy briefs, and drafting op-eds and public testimony
  • Contributing to fundraising proposals for research projects

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

UC Berkeley Labor Center


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Associate Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least five (5) years of professional experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least three (3) years of professional experience

Full Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least ten (10) years of professional experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least eight (8) years of professional experience


  • PhD or equivalent international degree and at least two (2) years of professional experience.
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience conducting labor market analyses of wages and other job quality outcomes, the role of race, gender and immigration status, and firm and industry dynamics
  • Demonstrably strong quantitative skills and experience in working with large government datasets such as the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey, as well as strong STATA and/or R programming skills
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods
  • A strong grounding in labor standards policies in the US
  • Strong writing skills, geared toward policy research reports
  • Experience working with academic researchers and stakeholders such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, accountable development advocates, and others
  • Ability to work independently and creatively

Associate Specialist

  • Master’s or equivalent international degree in economics, public policy, sociology, industrial relations, city or regional planning, geography or a related field, plus 3 years experience in research or policy (can be before the degree)

Full Specialist

  • PhD or equivalent international degree with some relevant experience in policy research


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Writing Sample #1 - Writing sample on a topic relevant to the position

  • Writing Sample #2 - Writing sample on a topic relevant to the position

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

Applicants will be asked to name references to complete their application, but the references will not be asked to provide letters unless the analyst requests them

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Help contact: [email protected]


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