Hiring: Digital Economy Research Fellow



Salary range: The anticipated salary range is $54,900 – $76,200, though the successful candidate could be hired below or above this range depending on qualifications.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: September 1, 2021
Position duration: One-year term position, with the possibility of renewal


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Open date: July 14th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Jul 29, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Aug 18, 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.



The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment is seeking to hire a Research Fellow focused on helping develop a network for digital economy, energy, and the environment (nDEE).

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is based at the UC Berkeley School of Law, which benefits from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation. Building on UC Berkeley’s history of and commitment to research and public service, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. CLEE’s research priorities include combating climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and sustaining healthy oceans, among other pressing environmental and energy challenges.

The Digital Economy Research Fellow will focus on an initiative exploring and supporting multi-disciplinary research to increase understanding of the energy and environmental impacts of the digital economy, with emphasis on sharing platforms, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, and/or the internet of things. The primary pillars of the initiative include: soliciting, reviewing, and selecting external research proposals for funding through subawards; growing a research coordination network and undertaking a variety of activities designed to support an emerging field of research, including drafting framing papers, blog posts, and other outputs; and maintaining the project’s digital presence, including its website and/or social media functionalities, including content development and maintenance. Other project activities include convening expert workshops, developing research pre-proposals, expanding the project bibliography, managing interns, grad students, and other affiliates, identifying publication opportunities, engaging in outreach with interested parties, media, and academics, and others.

A key component of this position is providing centralized coordination for both the three-institution project team (in addition to CLEE this initiative is led by Yale University and the Environmental Law Institute) and for the ever-expanding network of experts and practitioners in this area. Activities are anticipated to be roughly split between substantive research and drafting of outputs and operational, coordination, and administrative activities. The exact responsibilities will vary based on the evolution of the initiative, the expertise and experience of the selected research fellow, and in response to the ongoing evolution of the field. This position can be located remotely, but travel may occasionally be necessary to or within California, Connecticut, and/or Washington DC.

For more information on CLEE, see www.clee.berkeley.edu; for more information on this initiative, see www.networkdee.org.


Primary Responsibilities:
• Managing and coordinating project team focused on completing tasks for the nDEE initiative, including running project team meetings and ensuring completion of grant deliverables
• Conducting outreach to researchers, practitioners, and other experts in the initiative subject area to expand our network
• Engaging in a variety of activities to support the existing research coordination network
• Conducting research on the energy and environmental impacts of the digital economy, under the direction of and in collaboration with project team members, affiliates, and other experts in relevant fields
• Drafting outputs in a variety of possible formats, ranging from framing papers to blog posts to social media posts
• Assisting the project team (which is spread across three institutions) in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other convenings with subject matter experts
• Presenting findings, updates, interim reports, etc. to sponsors, media, and nongovernmental, governmental, academic, and/or stakeholder communities as needed
• Assisting with other miscellaneous aspects of project activities as appropriate

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/ra/index.html. Additional information can be found on the website: http://academicresearchersunited.org/.

The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent international degree at time of application.

Preferred qualifications

• Candidate holds a J.D., equivalent international degree, or other advanced degree
• Degree in fields closely related to environmental, energy, and/or digital policy or science
• Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, policy, and/or the digital economy
• Ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives
• At least 2 years of professional experience
• Experience with research, writing, and analysis
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Ability to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively
• Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments
• Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines
• Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas
• An interest in making the world better



Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample – Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03025

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