JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

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Inclusive Economy Lab
Research Associate

JOE ID Number: 2022-02_111471250
Date Posted: 12/15/2022
Date Inactive: 01/31/2023
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Associate
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: A -- General Economics and Teaching
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Our Focus
For generations, government policies and institutional choices have excluded many Americans— and especially the Black and Latinx communities—from opportunities for education, employment, and wealth creation. Ending intergenerational poverty and building an inclusive economy—one that provides real economic opportunities for all communities requires collaboration across sectors, as well as scientific evidence about what works and what doesn’t. Traditional research can take years, and the results often don’t reach those who need the information most—the people living with and working on these issues. The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab solves this by working with policymakers, organizations, and communities to identify their most urgent and pressing challenges, co-generate evidence about what works, and translate that evidence into real policy changes that expand economic opportunity and improve lives. Program areas currently include college and career success, quality jobs, financial security, and housing stability.

Our Values
Conduct science in service of cities: We feel a sense of urgency to do research that improves people’s lives. We select projects that lead to solutions for policy, practice, and increased investments on the ground. Our research is rigorous and informed by the historic and current contexts that shape urban residents’ lives.

Foster lasting relationships: We collaborate with policymakers, practitioners, and people with lived experience to understand multiple perspectives and figure out what works.

Elevate equity & inclusion: We aim to hire people with a range of personal and professional backgrounds, skillsets, and identities. We expand access to evaluation for a broad range of organizations and we conduct work that affirms the dignity of all people.

Check our privilege: We recognize the power and privilege we have as members of the University of Chicago. We practice humility and recognize that expertise comes in many forms and there are limits to our own.

Embrace a growth mindset: We invest in our people and develop our skills and content knowledge together. We work respectfully as a team to achieve our shared goals.

The Role
The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, together with the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab, is seeking a full-time Research Associate to provide scientific and intellectual leadership for Inclusive Economy Lab projects. The Research Associate will serve as a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on a portfolio of Inclusive Economy Lab projects, ensuring the rigor and quality of the Lab's work.

Develop and direct a portfolio of applied research projects focused on housing stability, financial security or quality jobs.
Manage and mentor research and project staff, providing scientific direction and ensuring the rigor and quality of all work.
Contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Inclusive Economy Lab should take on.
Work collaboratively with practitioners and policy makers to develop and implement applied research projects.
Contribute to the scientific content of research proposals.
Disseminate research findings to both research and practitioner/policy maker audiences.
Serve as a member of the Inclusive Economy Lab’s leadership team.

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in public policy, economics, statistics, computer science, or other relevant field by the appointment start date.
Preference will be given to those with proven experience working with interdisciplinary research teams and agency and community stakeholders.
Expertise in all aspects of the research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects in the area of labor economics/social policy is required.
Interest in finding and testing innovative solutions to urban problems.
Content expertise in college and career success, quality jobs, financial security, or housing stability preferred.
Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference
Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment

To apply for this position, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio academic job board at: Applicants must upload: 1) resume/curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter; 3) writing sample; 4) research statement; and 5) contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 01/31/2023