Social Science Matrix invites applications for Graduate Student Research Associates to serve limited-term appointments during the 2019-2020 academic year. As UC Berkeley’s flagship institute for cross-disciplinary social science research, Matrix believes that social science inquiry contributes relevant and actionable knowledge, not only about the social world, but also about the university and the generation of knowledge.
Working in consultation with faculty and Matrix leadership, the Graduate Student Research Associates will be responsible for outlining emerging fields of inquiry. Matrix Research Associates will have the opportunity to identify and study an emerging, transdisciplinary field and produce a body of work related to this research. Each Research Associate is responsible for producing a portfolio, consisting of 1) a blog entry or short article (between 1500 and 2500 words) that describes a cross-disciplinary research field and provides an overview of the main issues driving scholarship in that area, 2) an annotated bibliography that critically summarizes key works, and 3) a directory of scholars whose work pertains to this field locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Each Research Associate will receive compensation in the form of a $700 stipend.
In their cover letter, applicants should propose a particular field of research that they would like to study, provide an account of how their current and future scholarship pertains to this field, and describe any previous formal research experience. The complete application, submitted as a combined pdf, will include: a cover letter, cv, writing sample (3-4 pages in length), and the names and contact information for two faculty members who have agreed to serve as references.
Please contact Jessica Stewart, Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Applicants should be graduate students enrolled in the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences.