Postdoctoral Scholar Application

The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) is actively seeking postdoctoral scholars. CEHD’s research program is located in Hyde Park, Chicago and is guided by Professor James J. Heckman. CEHD’s research portfolio includes interrelated and interdisciplinary projects and initiatives which promote a thorough empirical understanding of human flourishing, social mobility, and creating and measuring skills. CEHD’s current work considers both creative and theoretical studies of family and neighborhood dynamics as well as innovative empirical studies on the general topic. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct empirical research on the broad themes of this group in consultation with faculty mentors and other senior scholars.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and in accordance with institutional policies. Comprehensive benefits plans will be available. Unique data sets are available, most notably those on Chinese skill development. Research/travel support may be available for projects in close alignment with the Center’s research agenda. Terms and start dates are negotiable. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Three-year arrangements have proven to be the most productive, and permanent, longer-term positions are available. This is a grant funded position, thus the postdoctoral scholar will be expected to have an active role in obtaining funded research.


  • PhD: Economics or Public Policy
  • Background: applied econometrics + quantitative labor economics, etc.
  • Required: grant or technical writing experience in CEHD focus areas
  • Preferred: grant writing experience in CEHD focus areas

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Three letters of reference
  • Application deadline: 01/31/2024

Only applications submitted through the web form below will be considered. For questions or additional employment information, please email


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