Posted: Mar 31, 2023

Postdoctoral Scholar

University of Chicago, Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility - Chicago, IL
Salary: Negotiable
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2023

The Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility at the Harris School of Public Policy seeks postdoctoral researcher(s) to join its community of scholars working to advance research on the nature of contemporary inequalities using a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes that inequalities are the outcome of a multidimensional dynamic process operating at the individual, family, social, and political levels. The center is particularly interested in scholars who focus on wealth inequality and intergenerational mobility as research priorities.

The researcher(s) will receive mentorship and training from the faculty sponsors, Professors Steven Durlauf, Damon Jones, and Geoff Wodtke, primarily through an active research apprenticeship and collaboration. They will reside at the Harris School at the University of Chicago, which provides access to a wealth of seminars and opportunities for collaboration across campus. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits plans will be available. Research funds are available for presentations and/or projects in close alignment with the center’s core research agenda. Multi-year arrangements have proven to be the most productive in defining and executing projects.


To achieve its mission of producing groundbreaking research and informing policy on the causes of socioeconomic inequality, the center seeks researcher(s) with substantive experience and interest in performing quantitative research in the social sciences in the context of advanced industrialized societies (i.e., U.S., or cross-nationally comparable settings). Applicants should have a rigorous understanding of empirical research tools, such as theory, statistics, and probability. Applications are encouraged from researchers with backgrounds in economics, sociology, political science, psychology, public policy, or other aligned fields. Candidates are expected to complete their PhD by the appointment start date. 


Required Materials:

1) Research statement

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Writing sample

4) Two letters of recommendation 


No applications will be accepted after 30 June 2023. 


To apply for this one-year, renewable position click here.

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For information on the status of your submission, please contact [email protected]


Steven Durlauf, Director

Damon Jones, Associate Director

Geoffrey Wodtke, Associate Director


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