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Economics Department - Junior Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 24th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Jan 10, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for the Junior Specialist position.

The Consortium of Applied Research in Economics (CARE) within the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara is recruiting a full-time junior specialist. The position will entail overseeing research projects, including analyzing the secondary public health data and collecting primary data from field experiments, and designing and carrying out research projects using large data sets . In addition, the position involves close collaboration with Professor Royer in order to: build datasets, produce insights from data, conduct statistical analyses, simulate models, prove model properties, contribute to academic papers, and oversee an undergraduate research team. There is also engagement with Professor Royer’s coauthors, some of the top economics professors from Santa Barbara and other top universities. Projects typically involve microeconomics and related topics, including timely research on COVID-19. The Basic Qualification for this position is a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, or a related field, at the time of application. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The initial appointment is for 1 year, with renewal based on performance and funding. The position has an anticipated start date of February 1, 2021. This is an 100% full time appointment.

A complete application will include a CV, a letter of intent (includes a synopsis of interest and experience), and contact information for 3 references, submitted on or before January 10, 2021. The department will begin reviewing completed applications on January 11, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. All application materials for the Junior Specialists position in Economics should be submitted online at: .

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process feel free to contact Danielle Freeman at

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, or a related field, at the time of application

Preferred Qualifications:
1‐2 years demonstrated programming experience and skilled in in one or more modern data science languages (e.g., R, Python, etc.).
Advanced training in mathematical microeconomics, data analysis and econometrics, either via classwork or research projects.
Prior experience assisting with research for a professor in Economics, Finance, Statistics, or Econometrics, ideally at a research‐ oriented university.

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Job location

Santa Barbata, CA


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

  • Letter of Intent - includes a synopsis of interest and experience

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