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Data Analyst (7198U), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment - 36202
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 1, 2022
Title Data Analyst (7198U), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment - 36202
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Computing/Informational Services

Data Analyst (7198U), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment - 36202

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California's flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California's most urgent issues, including homelessness, poverty, criminal justice reform, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at the University of California to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance. CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization.

CPL-Berkeley is a center within the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 6, 2022


The Data Analyst is an exciting opportunity for a skilled programmer who wants to directly inform policy development and improvement in California. The ideal Data Analyst is an expert programmer who is fluent in multiple programming languages, has experience with large administrative datasets, and believes in CPL's mission. The Data Analyst will be responsible for helping research affiliates and other staff write and troubleshoot code to accomplish research tasks, including designing software packages, where relevant; using data science, econometric, and machine learning methods to extract meaning from data; implementing linkages of large administrative datasets records and preparing analysis datasets; and preparing graphs, tables, maps, or other visual displays of research results. The Data Analyst will contribute to applied research projects that aim to improve programs and policies in California. The Data Analyst will report to the Research Director.

The Data Analyst should have strong working knowledge of multiple languages, including Python, R, Stata, SAS, and/or SQL. The position works directly with leading social policy researchers at UC and beyond, state and local government agency staff, as well as the leadership team at CPL, and it is important that the candidate be able to translate their skills for different audiences.

The Data Analyst:

  • Helps research affiliates and other staff write and troubleshoot codes to accomplish research tasks.
  • Implements linkages of large administrative datasets records and prepares analysis datasets.
  • Uses advanced analytics to mine data for insights.
  • Creates and maintains administrative data repositories (including database management).
  • Prepares graphs, tables, maps, or other visual displays of research results.
  • Assists the Research Director in administration and execution of the Lab's other activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in computer programming, including fluency in data-analysis packages from commonly used programming languages like Python, R, Stata, SAS, and/or SQL.
  • Experience working with large and complex datasets, including how to optimize analysis for efficiency.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of data management systems, practices, and standards.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, data science, statistics, economics and/or equivalent training or experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in record linkage, also known as data matching or probabilistic entity resolution.
  • Experience in and/or ability to learn machine learning, natural language processing, data visualization, and GIS.
  • Knowledge of other programming and scripting languages, such as C, Java, and JavaScript.
  • Knowledge of social science research methods.
  • Experience translating data into compelling data visualization, including maps, interactive figures, and dashboards.


  • Advanced degree preferred but not required.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a two-year, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $29.84 - $43.44
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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