Postdoctoral Scholar Application

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The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago is actively seeking Postdoctoral Scholars. CEHD’s research program is guided by Professor James J. Heckman and includes a comprehensive array of interrelated and interdisciplinary projects and initiatives that promote a thorough empirical understanding of human flourishing, social mobility, and creating and measuring skills. CEHD’s current work considers both empirical and theoretical studies of family and neighborhood dynamics and innovative empirical studies on the role of home-visiting and parent-child interactions in the formation of children’s skills. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct empirical research on the broad themes of this group in consultation with their faculty mentor and other senior scholars.

The postdoctoral scholar will reside at CEHD at the University of Chicago. CEHD, located in the Saieh Hall for Economics, stands in close collaborative proximity to the Department of Economics, the Becker Friedman Institute, and the Thirty Million Words Center for Early Learning and Public Health. This provides access to a wealth of seminars and classes at the University of Chicago, and opportunities to meet and collaborate with senior scholars.

Compensation will be tailored to a candidate’s qualifications and past experience. Comprehensive benefits plans will be available. Unique data sets on long-term experimental evaluations are available. There are opportunities for travel to present and/or collaborate. Research budget may be available for projects in close alignment with the Center’s research agenda. Terms and start dates are negotiable. Three-year arrangements have proven to be the most productive in defining and executing projects. This is a grant funded position, thus the postdoctoral scholar will be expected to have an active role in obtaining funded research. 


  • PhD in Economics or Public Policy required
  • Strong background in applied econometrics required
  • Interest in advancing understanding of human development across the life cycle, including  the role of early childhood education, home-visiting and parent-child interactions in the formation of skills, intergenerational mobility, neighborhood mobility, and the formation of economic preferences.
  • Independent evidence of competence in these areas required (doctoral thesis and other papers)
  •  We have a particular interest in candidates with experience conducting field experiments.

Only applications submitted through the web form below will be considered. For questions or additional employment information, please email or use the “Comments” section in the form. DO NOT send inquiries or materials to Professor Heckman directly.


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