The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow to build and lead a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on housing instability and workforce development in urban areas. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for contributing to the scientific content of research proposals and will have the opportunity to author or co-author scientific articles. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Executive Director and other staff in dissemination and policymaker outreach activities, and will oversee the work of other research staff.
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will report to Poverty Lab Scientific Director Kelly Hallberg and work collaboratively with Marianne Bertrand, other researchers, staff and partner agencies. The term of this position is 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to 24 additional months.
Design rigorous research projects that answer policy-relevant questions, and develop long-range plans for research projects.
Engage external partners, including policymakers and non-profit providers, to identify and develop new research projects.
Oversee activities related to data collection and analysis.
Prepare grant/funding applications.
Supervise staff or researchers.
Ensure compliance of research activities with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
Author or co-author scientific articles, reports and manuscripts. Present research findings at meetings and conferences.
Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail required.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders required.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required.
Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.Knowledge and understanding of social policy and literature required.
Education and Experience:
Doctoral degree in public policy, economics, statistics or other relevant field with substantial policy and research experience required. Applicants in the final stages of dissertation review will be considered.
A minimum of four years of relevant research experience or the equivalent required.
Expertise in research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects in the area of social policy required.
Ability to write and review code in Stata and/or R required.
Familiarity with machine learning algorithms preferred.
Ability to write and review code in Python preferred.
Finalists for this position may be required to present on a research project as part of the interview process.
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