Chair of Information Economics

University of California Berkeley School of Information

United States

Hal R. Varian Chair in Information Economics 

Job #JPF01958
  • School of Information - School of Information

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 25th, 2018

Last review date: Friday, Feb 15, 2019 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: Monday, Jun 1, 2020 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.


The School of Information and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley seek applications at the rank of (tenured) associate or full professor to apply for the Hal R. Varian Chair in Information Economics—a joint position between the two units—at 100% time, with an expected start date of January 1, 2021. We seek a distinguished scholar and teacher with a research focus on the Economics of Information/Data, broadly defined.

Basic Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent international degree is required at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a current tenured position or equivalent by the start date. Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Economics or a related field by the start date. The ideal candidate will have a track record of publication in top-ranked economics journals. They will also have demonstrated the ability to elaborate the implications of their research and findings from the field of information economics, to professional graduate students in the School of Information, undergraduates, and Ph.D. students in economics.

Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academe (e.g., in professional or industry service). Additional information about family responsive benefits and programs is available on

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae and provide contact information only for four (4) letters of recommendation. Letters of references will only be solicited for finalists. 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 letters. Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (For additional information go to Applicants for the Varian Chair search are encouraged to be submitted by June 1, 2020. This position will remain open- until-filled. Please direct questions to:

The University of California 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 UC nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: Berkeley is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and values the contributions of candidates in this area. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (For additional information go to
Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)

In your application, please refer to