Graduate Student Researcher

Graduate Student Researcher Needed for IRLE Policy Brief series
2017-18 Academic Year

The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) is hiring a 50% GSR for the 2017-18 academic year to co-produce our Policy Brief series. IRLE’s Policy Brief series is aimed at communicating the academic research of our faculty affiliates and campus researchers to a non-academic audience. We take academic papers and translate them into clear, concise papers focused on policy implications. We distribute briefs to policymakers and journalists; for examples of the series see

IRLE’s mission encompasses issues related to labor and employment, bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplines: economics, sociology, planning, geography, social welfare, and many more. In 2017-18 we are looking to expand the interdisciplinary breadth and reach of the series. This position is a great opportunity for a student interested in honing their skills in policy analysis and writing.

Primary responsibilities

  • Identify suitable research publications (working papers, journal articles, or other research products) by UC Berkeley faculty and researchers and solicit contributions to the series
  • Write 3-4 briefs per semester, incorporating feedback from faculty and series editor

Required skills and experience

Desired skills and experience

  • Background in public policy analysis
  • Familiarity with labor and employment policy issues
  • Familiarity with creating charts and tables for publication


  • 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters.

How to Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples for a non-technical audience to IRLE Associate Director and Policy Brief series editor Sara Hinkley at by June 20.