Our Values

With a small but dynamic core staff, team members at the Terner Center take on a variety of different roles on many projects in a fast-paced, data-driven environment. We hold our work and each other to high standards through constructive feedback and iterative review. Most of all, we are committed to the success and growth of each member of our team. We encourage staff to share their knowledge, time, and perspectives, and to seek out opportunities for professional and educational development.

A key aim of our work is to guide and elevate the scholarship and leadership of students at UC Berkeley on issues in housing policy, development, and design. We regularly hire UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of programs for semester appointments. Please check below for opportunities for students.

Our Culture

  • We strive to foster collaboration and team engagement. Impactful research and policy development are rooted in exchange, both within our team and with external partners and organizations.
  • We expect our staff to value research that is independent, based in evidence, and rigorous. We look for team members who are committed to producing high-quality and impactful work that advances the Terner Center’s mission. 
  • We believe our work is stronger when it engages a broad set of stakeholders. We look for team members who are always thinking about new ways to amplify our work and reach new audiences. 
  • We are family-friendly. With several working parents on our team, we offer flexibility in scheduling and enjoy when kids of all ages visit our office or pop up on video calls. 
  • We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where every team member is welcomed, valued, and supported. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with diverse backgrounds of all kinds including in race, ethnicity, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, veteran status, ideology, and lived experience of housing challenges.


  • Comprehensive medical insurance, including health, dental, and vision coverage through UC Berkeley. Click here to learn more.
  • Retirement savings or pension opportunities as well as retirement counseling and education through UC Berkeley. Click here to learn more.
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and holiday leave.
  • Access to the educational and professional development benefits of a world-class academic institution.


Senior Research Associate

[Revised Job Posting]

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation is looking for a Senior Research Associate to support and advance our housing research and policy agenda through impactful, timely, and rigorous research on U.S. housing markets, public policy, and private sector innovation. 

This is a senior level position that, in close collaboration with the Terner Center’s leadership team, will take initiative to identify new research opportunities and partnerships, develop research designs and conceptual frameworks, and formulate policy proposals. The Senior Research Associate will also be expected to collaborate with senior staff to secure funding for research projects, including initiating and writing funding proposals.

The Senior Research Associate will have demonstrated experience in research project management, including research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, and policy analysis. The ideal candidate will have experience working with large datasets using statistical software (such as Python, R, Stata). Excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate technical material to a broad range of stakeholders strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience with collaborative research is also preferred, as is experience managing junior research staff. The Senior Research Associate will also represent the Terner Center through public presentations, media engagement, and participation in research and policy collaboratives.  

The Terner Center is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. We welcome and encourage applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, ideology, lived experience of housing challenges, and other statuses protected by law

The Terner Center team is currently working remotely. When public health guidance indicates it is safe to return to the office, the expectation is that, if the successful candidate is not already located in the state, they will be able to relocate to California.

Read more and apply at the UC Berkeley careers site here.

For current UC employees, please apply via the link here.

Student Opportunities

The Terner Center regularly recruits Graduate and Undergraduate students to assist in a range of projects and roles each semester and over the summer break.

We are not currently soliciting applications for GSRs. Please check back soon for future opportunities.