We hope you are staying cozy this Winter season.
This will be our last newsletter for 2020. See you next year!
- D-Lab Community Message -
As D-Lab observed a National Day of Mourning for the genocide of Native American people and the Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony andUnited Against Hate” week we also felt a sense of inspiration from the many people dedicated to data science for social justice. We invite you to stand with us and our measuring hate speech team that was recently featured in a Southern Poverty Law Center podcast Sounds Like Hate.

  Our expansive community works on redefining “data” as community-informed and for the community. We are also agnostic regarding tools and methods and have a large community of consultants and instructors spanning disciplines and methodologies. This community works tirelessly to support one another and to support you. In order to advance our work for social justice, we need to close for winter break.
- D-Lab Closure Update -

D-Lab will close for the winter break at 5pm on Friday, December 11th, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 12th. We hope you enjoy the winter break, and we can't wait to see you in 2021!

- Featured GSR Jobs -
Check out these Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) jobs from around campus

GSR at California Policy Lab (CPL)
The California Policy Lab seeks multiple graduate student researchers for Spring 2021. The GSR(s) would work remotely with CPL faculty affiliates and staff on several ongoing projects such as:

- A study of public assistance benefits among UC and community college students
- Building a model for the CA Penal Code to simulate potential changes by a state commission charged with recommending alterations
- Several projects using the new UC Consumer Credit Panel

CPL’s mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between the government and California’s flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California’s most urgent issues, including homelessness, poverty, criminal justice reform, racial justice, and education inequality. We have access to a broad array of powerful state and local administrative data. The primary tasks for the GSR include data wrangling, cleaning, and analysis. They may also include literature reviews or other research tasks.

To apply, please send a CV and a short statement of interest to Please be sure to indicate (a) when you could start, (b) your % availability, and (c) your relevant experience. We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and will remove this opening once the position is filled.

For more information about the position, please visit the job posting.

GSR at Staff Basic Needs Working Group (SBNWG)
Founded in fall 2018, the Staff Basic Needs Working Group (SBNWG) provides food, housing,
and economic resources for UC Berkeley’s staff, postdocs, and visiting researchers. We work to
make the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center programming accessible to all employees and
provide targeted outreach and services for Berkeley’s most vulnerable staff populations.

The Staff Basic Needs GSR will focus on two projects: building on existing resources for a pilot mobile food pantry and drafting program recommendations to support Berkeley employees in accessing basic needs security services from outside agencies

Applications will be accepted through December 13, 5 pm PDT

For more information on position details, qualifications, and how to apply please view here!

GSR at Berkeley Institute for Young Americans (BIFYA)
The Berkeley Institute for Young Americans (BIFYA) at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a Graduate Student Researcher to be appointed at 50% time. The expected start date is January 11, 2021, and the recruitment will be open until filled. The level of appointment will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience.

This position provides research assistance to the research team. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) performing quantitative analysis, organizing and maintaining databases, conducting literature searches, abstracting documents, and presenting research results.

For more information on position details, qualifications, or how to apply please view here!

BIDS Data Science and Global Environmental Change Postdoctoral Fellowship

Global environmental change is the defining challenge of our age. The pace of this change is accelerating faster than our efforts to address it. Environmental change is already impacting natural and human communities globally with complex, often unintended consequences. 

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) is seeking a creative and driven postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in environmental science, ecology, and/or biology and in performing data-intensive research. As part of this fellowship, the successful candidate will create a research project using the latest data science methods and tools to answer questions related to how organisms respond to global change.

 The Data Science and Global Environmental Change Postdoctoral Fellowship is an independent full-time two-year fellowship position at BIDS, with the possibility to renew for a second year.

 Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2021.

For further details, and to apply for this job posting, please visit here!
- January 2021 Workshops -
Register now for workshops in the New Year!

R Fundamentals Parts 1-4
Jan 12, 13, 14, 15 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

The D-Lab's R Fundamentals workshop is a four-part introductory series that will teach you R from scratch with clear introductions, concise examples, and support documents. You will learn how to download and install the open-sourced R Studio software, import, export, manipulate, and visualize data, and learn to write shorthand functions of your code. After completion of this workshop, you will have a foundational understanding to create, organize, and utilize workflows for your personal research.

Python Fudamentals Parts 1-4
Jan 12, 13, 14, 15 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of the basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

Introduction to Qualtrics
Jan 13 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop will introduce students to the basics of designing a survey instrument using the Qualtrics platform, such as randomization and survey flow. We will also cover more advanced topics like implementing embedded data and using javascript, as well as tips and tricks on how to use your design to maximize the number of quality responses you get.

Introduction to MAXQDA
Jan 14 | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop is for qualitative researchers, new and established, interested in learning about MAXQDA, software for which D-Lab provides substantive support (please note that while D-Lab can provide training and support, the software itself is not provided; a two-installation student license costs $95 for 24 months and a one-installation student license costs $47 for 6 months; a 30-day trial is available to new users: trial ). Assuming no prior knowledge of MAXQDA, this workshop will introduce participants to the website where the software can be downloaded and numerous training materials can be accessed. Then, participants will learn about the software’s basic features, including how to add data sources, set up a coding scheme, and apply codes. In addition, some of the software’s more advanced functionality, namely several visualization and analysis tools (e.g., the code relations browser and summary grid), will be introduced.

Introduction to Bash + Github
Jan 15 |  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

An introduction to programming basics in Bash and GitHub that are often assumed, but that you might have never had good instruction on! The first half of this workshop will introduce you to navigating your computer’s filesystem and basic Bash commands to remove the fear of working with the command line to give you the confidence to use it to increase your productivity.

The second half of this workshop will introduce you to Git, a powerful tool for keeping track of changes you make to the files in a project. You can use it to synchronize your work across computers, collaborate with others, and even deploy applications to the cloud. In this workshop, you will learn the basics to understand and use Git, including working with the popular "social coding" website, GitHub.

Keep an eye on our January workshop calendar for more workshops in the New Year!
- Undergraduate Opportunities -
NSF IUSE Undergraduate Student Advisory Board Fall 2020

An opportunity for undergraduate students to help guide an NSF-funded project at the D-Lab for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). This is a paid part-time position for work-study eligible students for up to 5hrs per week, with the possibility of continuing for multiple semesters. Undergraduate students will serve on the project’s advisory board and assist with outreach and recruitment activities.
We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Data Science undergraduate students from
diverse or underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

- External Opportunities -

Position Availability for Scientific IT Director for The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub ("CZ Biohub”) is an independent nonprofit medical research organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub supports scientific research to cure, prevent, or manage disease in our children’s lifetime. Our mission is to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying disease and to develop new technologies that will lead to actionable diagnostics and effective therapies.

This new position will be tasked with creating a scientific IT team that will build a computational capacity to further the Biohub’s expanding global scientific leadership. The Scientific IT Director will also provide IT capabilities and consulting support to science and technical programs. This position will work closely with many different science teams simultaneously to translate experimental descriptions into software and hardware requirements and across all phases of the scientific lifecycle, including data ingest, analysis, management and storage, computation, authentication, tool development, and many other IT needs expressed by scientific projects.

For further details and information on how to apply, please view here!

Position Availability for Associate Director for Data Science Supporting Student Success - CIELS!

The Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applicants for the position of Associate Director for Data Science Supporting Student Success to support the CEILS mission by creating a collaborative community of instructors committed to advancing teaching excellence, assessment, diversity, equity, and scholarship, resulting in the enhancement of student learning experiences in the Life and Physical Sciences at UCLA. The CEILS Associate Director for Data Science Supporting Student Success will have expertise in data science and will advance assessment and data analytics initiatives in collaboration with faculty, advisors, and academic department leadership in Life and Physical Sciences to enhance teaching excellence, improve inclusivity, and support student success. 

This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2021. Salary range is from $78,000 to $94,000, commensurate with experience.

Applications will be viewed through January 9th, 2020

To find more information about the position and how to apply view here!

Check out the Office of Scholarly Communications Services!

Scholarly Communication Services helps scholars navigate shifting publishing, intellectual property, and information policy landscapes in ways that promote research dissemination, accessibility, and impact. 

We encourage the UC Berkeley community to explore our resources and connect with us about all aspects of scholarly communication support.

Learn more about OSCS on Youtube and the Website!

The Berkeley Changemaker

Berkeley Changemaker codifies an essential part of what our university stands for. Our inclusive curriculum will activate your passions and help you develop a sharper sense of who you want to be, providing the tools you’ll need along the way. Whether you want to start your own company, launch an NGO, discover your passion, or learn how to affect positive, lasting change from wherever you are, our Berkeley Changemaker community has a place, and a course, for you. 

Here are the Spring 2021 courses:

L&S C12/UGBA C12 The Berkeley Changmaker
PS 198 Berkeley Changemaker: Topics in International Ethics
COLWRIT R4B Berkeley Changemaker: Writing the Change We seek


Center For Teaching Excellence (CTE)
Associate Director Position

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applicants for a position of Associate Director for Faculty Engagement in Action Research to support the CTE’s mission to engage all members of the UIC community who have a teaching role, including faculty, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral scholars, in professional development opportunities that promote instructional innovation and inclusion in the classroom.
For fullest consideration, please view the job description and
complete an electronic application here.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

- Graduate Hourly Student Jobs -
Paid Graduate Positions at the D-Lab

Become a D-Lab Consultant!

D-Lab is looking for graduate students familiar with a range of qualitative, quantitative, computational, and data methods, tools, languages, and software to join our consulting team on an hourly basis. You determine how many hours and when to work, allowing you to easily fit this into your current schedule. If you're interested in developing your skills by helping others through consulting, then please fill out this survey.
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