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Housing Affordability Postdoctoral Scholar, Lewis Center

Position overview

Position title: Housing Affordability Postdoctoral Scholar, Lewis Center
Salary range: Starting at $71,908 annually, 3.5% increases each October 1 per collective bargaining agreement. The salary will be $74,424 beginning on October 1, 2024
Review timeline: First review date: 4/1/24
Final review date: 4/22/24

Application Window

Open date: February 21, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Apr 19, 2024 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: Sunday, Apr 21, 2024 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

Applications are sought for a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar on California's housing policy and land use reform. The successful candidate will work as part of a research team led by Drs Michael Lens, Michael Manville, Paavo Monkkonen, and José Loya in the Department of Urban Planning, including Shane Phillips, who manages the Lewis Center Housing Initiative.

The scholar’s primary role will be to design and implement an evaluation of California’s accessory dwelling unit (ADU) laws on ADU production, housing prices and rents, and land values. This two-year project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the impact of pro-housing reforms. It will be one of the first studies to test the hypothesis that “broad upzoning” can increase housing capacity and production without substantially increasing land values.

The above will account for about 50% of the appointment. Approximately 25% of the successful applicant’s appointment will support research into upstream determinants of homelessness, primarily in Los Angeles County, and the remaining 25% of time will be available for their own research. In addition to salary, the Lewis Center will provide the scholar with $3,000 to attend academic or professional conferences. This is a one-year position with the option to renew for a second year.

Applications are open to all qualified candidates, but we especially encourage applications from women, gender minorities, people of color, and other backgrounds underrepresented in the housing and land use field. Applicants able to work on the UCLA campus are preferred.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD expected by summer 2024 in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Economics, or any related discipline
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of housing policy, homelessness, and land use planning
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications in the fields of housing, urban planning, or related areas
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis with Stata, R and/or Python
  • PhD must have been awarded by an accredited institution within the past 10 years

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - including statement describing research interests (including any specific faculty collaborators and/or projects they would like to pursue as part of your tenure).

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Representative manuscript - (either published or unpublished)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide contact information for 3 - 5 references.

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA