Postdoctoral Scholar in Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility

University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies


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 that operates at the individual, family, social, and political levels. The center’s research priorities include wealth inequality and intergenerational mobility.

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. To apply for this one-year renewable position, candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio academic jobs board at: Applicants must upload a: 1) research statement; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) one writing sample; and 4) two letters of recommendation. Applicants may also submit optional documents such as a third letter of reference and/or an additional writing sample. Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2023. No applications will be accepted after June 30, 2023. 

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