Research Sr. Analyst

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


SSD: Center for the Economics of Human Development - Staff and Temporary Employees

About the Department

Since its inception in 2014, the Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) has brought together top-tier researchers to conduct and disseminate rigorous interdisciplinary research that identifies and explores the conditions under which people develop the skills necessary to thrive in society and achieve their fullest potential. CEHD’s research is guided by Professor James J. Heckman to include a comprehensive array of interrelated and interdisciplinary projects and initiatives which promote a thorough empirical understanding of human flourishing. Unifying this research is an evolving body of ideas that capacities and skills acquired over the lifecycle, starting at conception, transform many aspects of the life course at all stages, ranging from employment and earning prospects to overall health. Professor James J. Heckman and his research team work to advance knowledge by producing empirical and theoretical research that integrates ideas and methods across the social and natural sciences and creates rigorous evidence for public policy.

Job Summary

The job participates in scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • Programs in Stata, Python, R, or Matlab to analyze data using econometric tools.

  • Collaborates with research team to develop economic models for projects.

  • Writes and/or proofreads academic papers, reports, and presentations.

  • Cleans and describes data, generating graphs, tables, or other summaries.

  • Writes and/or proofreads grants.

  • Trains and supervises undergraduate research assistants.

  • Responsibly handles confidential data.

  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree.


  • Research experience with quantitative academic research.

  • Experience programming and working with empirical data.

  • Experience working successfully in stressful environments and problem solving.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Stata strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency in LaTeX strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency of Microsoft Office suite strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency of Google Suite strongly preferred.

  • Experience with R, Matlab, and/or Python.

  • Working knowledge of research techniques in empirical economics.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and an enthusiasm for learning new methods and skills independently.

  • Strong ability to coordinate work with others and teams.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organization and attention to detail.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Research Statement (required)

  • Unofficial Transcript (required)

  • Sample of code in any programming language that you have used to conduct data analysis (required)

  • Reference Contact Information (minimum of two)(required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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