Predoctoral Fellow

Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Predoctoral Fellow
Location Berkeley, CA, USA
Application deadline 31 December 2022
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary USD $56,600 – $68,000
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The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research, training and innovation headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley. We generate insights that leaders can use to improve policies, programs, and people’s lives. Our academic network includes more than 150 faculty, 65 scholars from low- and middle-income countries, and hundreds of graduate students–from across academic disciplines and across the globe–to produce rigorous evidence about what works to expand education, health, and economic opportunities for people living in poverty.

For more information, visit our website. CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) — please read our values statement.

Key roles and responsibilities

CEGA has two positions available to support a study, as part of the center’s larger Transparency research agenda. The primary goal is to evaluate the impact of reporting guidelines and resource incentives on reporting practices and publication outcomes of pre-registered research projects in economics and political science, and to ultimately improve the transparency and reproducibility of social science research.

The positions will work closely with CEGA Faculty Director Edward Miguel, Staff Scientist Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, and other CEGA staff, to support project management of the study and contribute to data collection, management and analysis.

The project will begin in 2023, and the positions will work to support the testing and implementation of reporting guidelines, the development of statistical models and analyses using Stata, R and other software packages, and will support the publishing of the resulting findings and research materials.

Experience and skills

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent international degree program.

Junior: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree.

Assistant: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least two (2) years of professional experience OR Master’s degree or equivalent international degree.

  • Preferred Qualifications 1-2 years experience conducting empirical research including contributing to – data collection and cleaning activities.
  • 1-2 years experience and competency with statistical software packages such as STATA, R, and ability to render accurate statistical analysis.
  • Ability to read and analyze published papers in economics, and accurately understand their main results.
  • Ability to independently investigate solutions to technical and administrative problems.
  • Ability to meet and discuss project objectives with academics, policymakers and donors.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language (via publications or professional presentations).
  • Ability to work well with multi-national teams, and communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty.
  • Strong interest in causal inference in applied microeconometrics, research design and program evaluation; experience with machine-learning methods a plus.
  • Experience applying data transparency tools and techniques such as study registries, pre-analysis plans, open data platforms, and disclosure of methods and results.
  • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, tactful, resourceful and efficient, and with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.