University of Chicago — Senior Research Associate, Center for the Economics of Human Development

The University of Chicago: Social Sciences Division: Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

The Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago invites applications for a full-time Senior Research Associate for a two-year term. This non-tenure track position will begin at or around March 1, 2021.

The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will work with the faculty Director to conduct and advance the research agenda of the Center for the Economics of Human Development. Working in collaboration with the Director, the SRA will conduct original research and co-author and solo-author academic publications. The SRA is expected to have an active role in obtaining and carrying out funded research, and will serve as Co-Investigator and independent Principal Investigator on research grants.

The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will develop theoretical and empirical economic models of human development across the lifecycle. The overarching goal of this work is to examine the origins of human differences and the effectiveness of alternative intervention strategies to foster human skills and capacities and remediate disadvantages. This may include neighborhood choice, fertility decision and child preference formation, intergenerational models of family influence, dynamic nonlinear factor models, and dynamic models of the evolution of skills and capacities. The SRA will organize a variety of large-scale developmental data sets. To carry out this work, the SRA will supervise researchers of all levels (e.g., undergraduate students and predoctoral fellows). The SRA will also participate in disseminating the work of the Center, including making presentations at professional conferences.

Other duties may include hosting visitors at the Center, writing grant proposals or reports, and working with the Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive research strategy for the Center. These tasks may include participating in recruiting, hiring, and managing researchers, participating in bi-weekly research meetings, identifying or vetting research partners, and disseminating the research of the Center. The SRA is expected to meet tight deadlines in a high-pressure work environment.

The position requires a PhD in Economics, a strong background in empirical research, experience with grant writing, at least three years’ experience in post-graduate research, and a record of managing and mentoring students and researchers. The position requires demonstrated expertise in human development, including health economics, and applied microeconomics. The SRA should demonstrate experience with registry data, survey data, and experimental data. The position requires ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Application Instructions
Applicants are required to apply online on the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website

Applications are required to include a curriculum vitae, research statement, and the contact information for submission of two academic letters of reference. Although optional, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit up to two published or unpublished research papers.

Screening of applications will begin on or after February 27, 2021 and continue until the job is filled or the search has ended.

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