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Opportunity Lab GSR (Fall 2018)



The Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) is a new initiative at UC Berkeley addressing poverty and inequality through data-driven research. It is a cross-campus effort led by professors Hilary Hoynes, Jesse Rothstein, Ben Handel, and Ted Miguel. The O-Lab generates rigorous, policy-relevant evidence across multiple domains, including crime, climate, education, taxation, social safety nets, and health.


We are seeking a 50% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) to support development and administration of the O-Lab, including writing assistance for grant proposals, coordination of events and communications, help with web and social media, and support to faculty leadership. This position is ideal for a motivated, highly organized graduate student with interests in public policy, economics, and inequality in the U.S. and beyond.

Closing Date

Aug 20, 2018 11:59 pm PDT


Responsibilities include:

● Support proposal development and writing for grants to be submitted to foundations or government sponsors;

● Develop and/or revise text for website, brochures, and other O-Lab collateral;

● Serve as coordinator for O-Lab activities on campus, including faculty meetings and donor events;

● Oversee social media for the lab, including strategic planning and intern management;

● Liaise with students or faculty recruited to draft policy briefs and opinion pieces (based on O-Lab faculty research);

● Provide administrative/management support for O-Lab events, including conference planning, communications, invite management, and speaker outreach; and

● Conduct web searches and other desk research to identify potential funders for O-Lab initiatives and individual faculty members.

Required Qualifications


● Graduate student at UC Berkeley (enrolled for Fall 2018) in public policy, economics, business, health policy, or a related field.

● Available to work 50% time for the 2018 Fall Semester

● Minimum GPA of 3.0

Required Skills

● Outstanding writing skills - an ability to clearly and compellingly communicate scientific findings to a public audience.

● Basic understanding of policy issues and relevant research on U.S. social safety nets, taxation, health insurance markets, education, and/or criminal justice. Preference for students who are well versed in O-Lab faculty members’ recent research.

● Internally driven - able to work independently, and set and meet own deadlines without supervision or followup.

● Experience interacting and communicating professionally with faculty members as well as donors and government agencies (at the local, State, or Federal levels)

● Experience with web development and social media platforms a plus

Application Requirements

Funding & Logistics:

This is a 50% GSR appointment (20/hrs/week) with full fee remission for the 2018 Fall semester. The GSR will be hired by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and will have access to the Center’s administrative staff (for help with event logistics, grant proposal development, web services, etc). S/he will be expected to meet regularly with the O-Lab faculty directors and key staff within CEGA.

Application Information:

Please send cover letter explaining your relevant experience and a resume to with the subject line "O-Lab GSR". Include any relevant online examples of your writing (e.g. blog posts, articles, etc).

Application deadline:

First review of applications will be August 15, 2018; position will remain open until filled.