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Jr. Specialist- Human Ecology- Kenney Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 15th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Jun 1, 2020 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: Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 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.


Dr. Martin Kenney in the Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis seeks to fill a one-year full-time research assistant position at the Junior Specialist level starting June 2020. The successful candidate will work on research related to the changing gender composition of the top management teams and boards of directors for firms that conduct an initial public stock offerings. The junior specialist will participate in all aspects of the research including data entry, cleaning and in the preparation of manuscripts for publication. The Junior Specialist will also assist Professor Kenney in a variety of other duties including helping making with arrangements for academic and public speakers that are being invited to campus or to participate in Zoom conference calls.

Research (70%)
The junior specialist will work closely with Martin Kenney studying the changes in gender balance between management and directors over time and by the firm’s region in entrepreneurial startups. Working with Professor Kenney, the candidate will attempt to identify the changes over time and identify statistical turning points in gender composition in response of legislation and/or guidance from key actors in the IPO system such as investment banks. The study requires that the individual understand the use of dummy variables in analysis and difference-in-difference statistical analysis. They should understand and be effective in the presentation of statistical results graphically.
The position requires intimate knowledge of and the ability to quickly locate and extract information from SEC 424B and S-1 documents. It is necessary to understand their financial terminology to extract the correct data from these filings. The data must be coded to make it analyzable in a Stata spreadsheet. The individual must understand how to extract gender and ethnicity data from US government EEO-1 filings.

The primary responsibilities include: 1) extract data from US Securities and Exchange Commission 424-B and S-1 files and put them into Excel files that will be converted to Stata. 2) undertake Stata statistical analysis on this data in cooperation with Martin Kenney. 3) Assist in the extraction of gender and ethnicity data from US government EEO-1 filings. 3) prepare figures and tables from the analysis of the data. 5) write reports for public distribution from the data and prepare scholarly articles for presentation and publication. 6) assist Professor Kenney in the organization of meetings and visits to campus of scholarly speakers.

Professional Competence (30%)
The junior research specialist will receive mentorship from the PI when performing each of these steps. In addition, the specialist will assist in research activities and lab management such as editing academic articles. The Junior Specialist will also help train and mentor undergraduate students that will be working on the database’s further development.

The junior specialist is expected to be a full contributing member of in Kenney’s lab, which embraces the idea that all researchers can contribute their ideas and that all of the research and data developed will be open and provided to other researchers. In summary, the junior specialist will be expected to participate in the design/development, implementation, dissemination of academic research, and provide service to the university in the form of training and mentoring.

Salary Range: $39,500 - $43,400

Position qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development, Planning, or Sociology.
Knowledge of Securities and Exchange Commission filings
Knowledge and experience using Excel and Stata for the manipulation of large complex databases
Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
Able to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
Flexible and able to respond to new challenges as they present themselves

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Previous experience in writing research reports on topics related to community development
Ability to independently recognize statistical and data anomalies and investigate them, and develop solutions.
The Specialist will work directly with Professor Kenney on preparing a report to be posted on Kenney’s website and to be actively involved in preparing academic articles for submission and presentation at scholarly events.

NOTE: The junior specialist rank is an entry-level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field or with a bachelors degree and three years of relevant work experience (see APM-UCD 330). Candidates will higher than a bachelor’s degree or if they have a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience, they should not be hired into a Jr. Specialist position.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your relevant skills, a resume, and a list of 2 references including their contact information. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration 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:

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)