Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Lab Manager (7397U) 16083
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: March 22, 2021
The Global Policy Laboratory (GPL) at UC Berkeley is an interdisciplinary research group that integrates physical science, social science, and data science to answer questions that are central to managing planetary resources---such as the economic value of the global climate, the effectiveness of treaties governing the oceans, how the UN can fight wildlife poaching, and whether satellites and AI can be combined to monitor the entire planet in real time. The GPL team's research has been published in Nature, Science, and PNAS, their findings have been covered in thousands of news outlets, and the team regularly interacts with policy-makers at federal and international levels. The lab is directed by Solomon Hsiang, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy and a National Geographic Explorer.
The Aerial History Project is a multi-year research initiative joint between GPL and colleagues at Stockholm University. The project aims to better understand how economic development and environmental change interact, for example, by understanding how climate change is affecting human migration in Africa, how natural disasters affect economic development in the Caribbean, and studying whether deforestation can be forecast on multi-decadal time scales. The project is digitizing, combining, and applying machine learning to analyze millions of historical aerial photographs collected around the world. The Aerial History Project was awarded an AI for Earth Innovation grant by Microsoft and National Geographic.
Oversees and ensures that daily lab operations run smoothly for the unit.
Serves as unit Human Resources liaison, working with BRS-HR.
Serves as unit liaison with the campus VSPA and Berkeley International Office (BIO) and coordinates any necessary visa processes for hiring.
Serves as unit Facilities Manager and Safety Coordinator.
Manages work orders with other campus facilities for standard maintenance and repair work.
Oversees unit computer technical needs and the purchase of new computer equipment and software, working with CSS-IS&T.
Manages lab finances; working with project managers within GPL, GSPP CFO, and CSS Research Administrator.
Supports lab revenue-generation efforts, including providing input into non-technical portions of grant and contract proposals, and supporting fundraising.
Plans lab events and team building activities.
Plans itinerary and other logistical needs for lab visitors.
Update GPL website with research and team updates.
Aerial History Project Manager
Organizes weekly meetings between researcher teams at UC Berkeley and Stockholm University.
Works with partners at National Collection of Aerial Photography to coordinate data transfers for the project.
Assigns tasks to student assistants and ensures their timely execution.
Serves as project Human Resources liaison with CSS-HR, unit liaison with CSS-RA, and as project liaison with Berkeley SPO.
Aligns project expenditures with project budget categories, such as salary and benefits, travel, computing resources, software licenses and hiring.
Determines project goals and timelines in conjunction with project PI and ensures that project milestones are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.
Perform other administrative duties as assigned, including researching and drafting grants, contracts, and reports for the project.
Calendar and Travel Manager
Manages Faculty Director's schedule and sets up meetings.
Screens and directs phone/email inquiries, handling requests and queries appropriately.
Arranges travel, accommodation, itineraries, and all correspondence related to arrangements as needed.
Other duties as assigned
Familiarity with processes, protocols, and procedures in a large, campus environment.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Strong service orientation and ability to work proactively as part of a team.
Sophisticated interpersonal skills with the ability to remain calm and maintain a professional demeanor.
Excellent writing skills sufficient to represent GPL leadership in email and business communications.
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors, visitors, and external constituencies, both verbally and in writing.
Political acumen and sensitivities to the differing perspectives, social and cultural norms, and political circumstances as they apply to GPL, including its members, visitors, and partners.
Ability to guide GPL visitors, sufficient to direct them to other campus and community resources.
Comfort and experience working in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes and manage conflicting deadlines.
Ability to meet deadlines and to respond to questions in a timely and professional manner.
Demonstrated ability to use high-level discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Analytical/problem solving skills sufficient to support strategic planning with GPL leadership.
Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns, with a clear understanding of when issues should be referred to GPL leadership.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Experience in an academic unit preferred.
Salary & Benefits
Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, 2-year contract with the possibility for renewal based on funding.
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