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Economics Department - Junior Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Junior Specialist
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022
Position duration: 1 year, with renewal based on performance and funding.

Application Window

Open date: April 8th, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, May 9, 2022 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: Monday, Oct 31, 2022 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.

Position description

The Consortium of Applied Research in Economics (CARE) within the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara is recruiting a full-time junior specialist. Projects typically involve microeconomics and related topics, including timely research on COVID-19.

The position entails: Oversight of research projects, including analyzing the secondary public health data and collecting primary data from field experiments; Design and execution of research projects using large data sets; 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; Engagement with Professor Royer’s coauthors, some of the top economics professors from Santa Barbara and other top universities.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Have a Bachelor’s Degree OR are enrolled in a BA program, in Economics or a related field, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicants must have their BA conferred by the anticipated start date of July 1, 2022.

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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Letter of Intent

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

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

References will only contacted for final candidate prior to an offer of employment.

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Campus Information

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA