Research Fellow

Location: San Francisco
Job #: 202002
# of openings: 1


PPIC research fellows contribute directly to the mission of the Public Policy Institute of California, using their strong analytical skills in an interdisciplinary setting to create and communicate knowledge that informs California’s policymaking processes.


PPIC aims to recruit a research fellow with a background and strong interest in policy analysis and evaluation, who demonstrates the ability to connect interdisciplinary research to policymaking. Ideally, candidates will bring substantive knowledge and interest in behavioral health (mental health and/or substance use disorder) and its connection to criminal justice policy issues. Recognizing that behavioral health services operate within the broader context of health and social safety net policy, we especially welcome applicants whose interests connect behavioral health to both criminal justice and safety net policy. 

A successful applicant will have a doctoral degree in criminology, economics, public policy, psychology, public health, sociology, or other related field with an emphasis on applied research, and excellent analytical, non-technical writing, policy engagement, and communication skills.

While a deep understanding of California policy is an advantage, we also encourage applications that highlight research experience secured outside the California context through relevant policy research in other states, other regions, or at the federal level. We welcome applications from recent Ph.D. graduates through senior-level researchers.

PPIC offers an impactful, inclusive, collaborative, and intellectually stimulating work environment, and a competitive compensation and benefits package. The position will initially be based in PPIC’s San Francisco office.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff. Key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with the institute’s mission, values, and goals.

To Apply

Please submit your application letter, your C.V., and a brief writing sample. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and until the position has been filled.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.

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