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Junior Specialist - Valley Policy Series

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 1st, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 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, Mar 31, 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.


On behalf of the UC Merced Community and Labor Center, the Junior Specialist will conduct social science research on COVID-19 related issues and policies in the San Joaquin Valley. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the specialist will: conduct data collection; analyze data; and write policy briefs.

Key Responsibilities include:
Research, Data Collection, Analysis and Writing Papers

  1. Conduct research on COVID-19 issues facing the San Joaquin Valley’s low-income residents and workers.
  2. Collect public, county-level data concerning COVID-19 infections and deaths.
  3. Analyze local, state and federal policies that attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  4. Conduct qualitative interviews evaluating the implementation of COVID-19 policy.
  5. Participate in the writing of a series of eight policy briefs that examine COVID-19 spread and policies, and offer policy recommendations.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in a social science. (Required)
Experience conducting qualitative interviews. (Recommended)
Experience analyzing public information sources. (Recommended)
Experience with evaluation. (Recommended)
Proven systematic organizational skills to a) work independently with minimal supervision, b) determine workload priorities and tasks to complete work in a timely manner, and c) identify and resolve problems. (Required)
Ability to communicate, write and edit with strong attention to detail and quality control, for scholarly, policy, and popular audiences. (Recommended)
Demonstrated written, oral, and visual communication skills to translate data and policy issues into easy-to-understand policy recommendations. (Recommended)

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)