Assistant/Associate Project Scientist in Social Science

University of California Berkeley Division of Social Sciences

United States

Assistant/Associate Project Scientist - Social Science Data Lab

Job #JPF03366
  • Social Sciences Data Laboratory / College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer 2022

Application Window

Open date: June 8th, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jul 10, 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

Department Overview
Based out of the Division of Social Sciences and part of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, D-Lab is a research accelerator, equipping scholars with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools for cutting edge research. And, the D-Lab is a research incubator, co-constructing expansive communities of practice. D-Lab works with Berkeley faculty, research staff, and graduate students to advance data-intensive social science and humanities research. We support the exploration, development, dissemination, and application of methodologies, toolkits, and resources for engaging with next-generation data sources using innovative analytics. We think of data as a capacious category, one that is constantly changing as the research frontier moves. D-Lab's signature focus is research design – intelligent, rigorous, and tuned to the transformative opportunities opened up by a data- and computationally-rich world.

D-Lab provides cross-disciplinary resources for in-depth consulting and advising, access to staff support, and training and provisioning for software and other infrastructure needs. We offer a collaborative venue for intellectual and methodological exchange. Networking with other Berkeley centers and facilities and with our departments and schools, we offer our services to researchers across the disciplines and underwrite the breadth of excellence of Berkeley's graduate programs and faculty research.

The D-Lab offers academic programs to address emerging workforce demands of the interdisciplinary talents designing and deploying intelligent solutions to real-world data challenges. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the principles, methodologies, and technologies of data science.

D-Lab’s user base is strongly interdisciplinary and campus-wide, including the professional schools as well as disciplinary departments. It serves more than 2000 researchers yearly with public and private workshops, consulting, events, working groups, data services, and other academic programs, like the year-long Computational Social Sciences course, and the Digital Humanities Summer Minor and Certificate Program. D-Lab has a strong culture of responsiveness to users and internal empowerment of professional and graduate staff. It is an internally differentiated organization with several teams while maintaining a relatively flat organizational structure.

Duties of Position

There is a huge demand for data science talent, but at the same time there is a diversity crisis. The Data Science Assistant/Associate Project Scientist will work with the faculty director and other researchers to understand major issues in diversity in data science and seek to address these issues with innovative workshops. They will also work on data science for social good research projects, including projects focused on ethics, fairness, and social media. The social media project includes a measuring hate speech research agenda.

The incumbent will be dedicating at least 55% of their time on research-related work. The remaining 45% of their time will be spent on the following:

  • Works as the primary subject matter expert and researcher
  • Designs and develops workshops -Engages in research, preferably around topics of fairness, algorithmic bias, and discrimination, with a special focus on social justice and intersectionality; for instance, designing tools and methods to explore the perpetuation of human biases in Machine Learning systems
  • Provides training and guidance to the other researchers
  • Collaborates with the D-Lab Executive Director on timelines and deliverables
  • Stays in regular communication to ensure that goals are being reached


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Three to six years professional research experience.

Preferred qualifications
  • PhD or equivalent international degree in social sciences or digital humanities with an emphasis on data and data science
  • Experience developing workshops for higher education

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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Job location

Berkeley, California

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