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Final date: March 21st, 2019 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.
The Institute of Urban & Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking an Assistant Project Scientist to assist faculty researchers on a state-wide land use study. The goal of this research is to identify which state and local land use laws are the proper focus of reforms to increase housing supply in California. The study uses a mixed method research approach, drawing on qualitative field interviews and project-level data from 16 jurisdictions across California. The Assistant Project Scientist serves as a core member of the research team, providing support for project-level data collection and data analysis and assisting in research dissemination strategies. The Assistant Project Scientist will also assist, support and collaborate with a team of undergraduate student researchers and coordinate work-flows across the team of 20+ undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will perform work under Moira O'Neill.
Appointment length: This is a part-time position at 50% time for 3.5 months. The appointment may be renewable depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Anticipated start date is April 2019.
Assist Principal Investigator and Co-PI with research design for entitlement data collection, primary data collection including key informant interviews.
Summarize local land use law relevant to selected jurisdictions.
Perform content and data analysis, including reviewing all final documentation and performing legal analysis of documents.
Coordinate directly with city planning staff to request project lists, and to vet preliminary analysis.
Assist with drafting and disseminating professional reports, articles and other writings to share findings.
Participate in public presentations and panel discussions to share findings.
Supervise assistant specialists, graduate student researchers, and undergraduate research apprentices to ensure that deadlines and milestones are being met on time.
Build and implement research protocols (approved by Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects).
Must have a Ph.D., JD, or equivalent international degree at time of application.
Ph.D., JD, or equivalent degree in Urban Studies or in a related field.
One year of experience with summarizing land use and entitlement processes within California cities required and coordinating with city planning staff and city attorneys to obtain residential development lists.
Two years of professional experience in land use development with an affordable housing developer.
Experience with designing research methods that extract data through public portals that provide residential development information.
Experience with recruiting and conducting interviews with high level stakeholders, including local public officials.
Experience with qualitative data and content analysis using social science research methods.
Experience with relevant software and databases, including R and MaxQDA.
Salary: The full-time annual salary will be commensurate with experience.
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The University of California 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
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