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Assistant Specialist - Housing, Opportunity, and Place (HOPe) Lab

Application Window

Open date: February 24th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Mar 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: Monday, May 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.

Position description

The University of California, Merced is inviting applications for a 100% time Assistant Specialist. We are looking for candidates with a master’s degree in public health, public policy, psychology, sociology, economics, or a related social or behavioral science. This position is expected to last through May 28, 2022 (with the possibility for extension) and will involve working on grant-supported Fresno Housing and Health study, together with community and resident partners, investigate housing and health connections for public housing residents in Fresno County. Additionally, position includes opportunities to be involved in grant writing and to mentor undergraduate students.

The Assistant Specialist will work under the supervision of the Professor Irene Yen and will join the Housing, Opportunity, and Place (HOPe) Lab, comprised of Dr. Yen, doctoral students, and undergraduate researchers.

The primary project which the Assistant Specialist will contribute to, with the possibility of others, is Fresno Housing and Health. The objectives of that project are:
(1): To document the socio-structural and neighborhood conditions (e.g., sense of safety, neighbor relations, access to services) of Fresno public housing communities by collecting in-depth interviews and contextual data (e.g., community meetings, programs, informal and formal events) to examine the effects of socio-structural changes on residents’ social life and perceived health and well-being.

(2): To investigate the health status of residents living in public housing made possible by Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and comparison groups by analyzing quantitative data such as health service utilization, administrative and public sourced neighborhood-level data.

Masters degree
Candidates must have a Masters degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization in Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, or other related social, behavioral, or population science field, with strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Writing sample

For more information contact:
Irene Yen

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 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Writting sample #1

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)