The California Policy Lab creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to partner with California's state and local governments to generate scientific evidence that solves California's most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley to help evaluate and improve public programs through empirical research and technical assistance.
The California Policy Lab is seeking an experienced Research Associate to contribute to our organization's proven track record of bridging the gap between academic researchers and government policymakers. The Research Associate will have the opportunity to apply methodologies from econometrics, statistics, and data science to original research projects in homelessness, criminal justice, poverty, education, and labor.
The successful candidate will be well versed in data manipulation, wrangling, and cleaning, with experience running, testing, and interpreting a variety of linear models including OLS, logit, negative binomial, Poisson, and proportional hazards. He or she will be passionate about using data to find innovative solutions to the problems facing California policymakers and citizens. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. We seek highly organized individuals with superior written and verbal communications skills and excellent time management ability. The Research Associate also will be required to follow coding guidelines established by CPL and to contribute to the organization's efforts to build richly detailed documentation of the data we use.
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Qualifications for Position
Substantive knowledge of quantitative research methods and casual inference
Mastery of data analysis and data management in Stata, SAS, or R
Attention to detail and ability to organize and document workflow
Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to multi-task with demanding time frames
Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data
Experience working in an academic or think-tank environment
Substantive knowledge or experience in at least one of our five core research areas: homelessness, criminal justice, poverty, education, or labor
Project management experience
Understanding of relational database concepts and experience with SQL
Experience with business intelligence tools such as Tableau or PowerBI
Applicants must also have at least one year of relevant research experience; experience gained in school counts toward requirement
Two to three years of professional post-baccalaureate experience preferred
Must have a bachelor's degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or other relevant field and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required; master's degree preferred
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