Postdoctoral Scholar in Behavioral Economics and Finance
University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business
United States

Postdoctoral Scholar Employee - The Initiative in Behavioral Economics and Finance - Haas School of Business

Job #JPF03767
  • Haas School of Business / Haas School of Business / UC Berkeley
  • Economics / College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Postdoctoral Scholar Employee
Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the salary scale(s) for this position []. ‘Off-scale salaries’ and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 8/28/2023
Position duration: This position is funded for one year with possible renewal for an additional year.

Application Window

Open date: January 15, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 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.

Position description

The Initiative in Behavioral Economics and Finance, housed jointly in the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee (Title Code 3252), with expertise in behavioral economics or behavioral finance, and strong econometric or theory training

The Fellow will be part of Berkeley’s “Initiative in Behavioral Economics and Finance”, housed jointly in the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics. The Initiative’s mission is to support rigorous academic research in various areas of Behavioral economics, including all areas of applied microeconomics, financial economics, macro-finance, political economy, public economics, and health economics. We also pursue research in collaboration with researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, and medicine. Ulrike Malmendier and Stefano Della Vigna, both joint faculty members at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics, co-direct the Initiative. Faculty from the departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Economics, the Haas Business School, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Information School are affiliated with the initiative. Ulrike Malmendier will be the primary mentor.

Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to,

-models and empirical evidence of belief formation in macro-finance, especially work on experience effects and memory formation;

-household decision-making: household finance, health choices, consumption

-firm decision-making: corporate finance and in particular managerial biases, including overconfidence, sunk-cost fallacy, and hindsight bias;

-neuroscience foundations of modern models of belief formation and economic/financial decision-making mental health, trauma.

Applicants are expected to (1) pitch their existing research (either from their current job market, or work used on the job market in the past season), (2) propose possible areas of collaboration, including concrete project ideas, and (3) demonstrate their ability to productively contribute to possible projects of collaboration proposed by us.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) by the start date.
No more than four years of post-degree research experience.

Preferred qualifications

All candidates with a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) by start date in economics, finance, and related fields with interest in studying themes related to behavioral economics behavioral finance, and applied economics are invited to apply.
Scholars with strengths in applied microeconometrics, field experiments, and applied data science (including machine learning and computational methods for working with unstructured data) are particularly encouraged.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - The Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunities in higher education through their research. Please provide a statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Writing Sample - Job market paper or one PhD dissertation chapter, or article length writing sample.
  • Research Agenda - A 1-page summary of your research agenda non-technical language, suitable for a broad audience outside of your discipline.
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

References should be from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s written work and qualifications for the position.

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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