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Postdoctoral Researcher(s)

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Center for Decision Research at The University of
Chicago Booth School of Business


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The Center for Decision Research at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business anticipates hiring up to 3 postdoctoral researchers, each for a period of one year (renewable for a second year), with a starting date of July 2014.

Position 1: Supported by a gift from Howard and Nancy Marks to the Center of Decision Research, this position is designed to foster research that is on the boundaries of psychology, economics, and finance. We are seeking candidates who have recently earned their Ph.D. in one of those fields (or are expecting their degree in 2014) and would like to broaden and deepen their knowledge in one of the neighboring disciplines. The primary goal for the person who fills this position will be to broaden cross-disciplinary research skills and conduct research. To this end, the postdoc will receive a research budget and is encouraged to collaborate on projects of mutual interest with faculty in all faculty groups at the Booth School as well as units at the University of Chicago. The only other responsibilities of this postdoc will be to serve as the coordinator of the center’s brownbag series, and assist with other center programs and events as needed. Depending on the candidate's qualifications and interests, the position may also offer teaching opportunities.

Positions 2 and 3: Postdocs in these positions will serve as research scientists funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (see the grant project website at and will work on research projects with faculty funded by the grant. In addition, the postdocs will assist in outreach, the development of curricula and websites designed to advance the goals of the grant, and the preparation of reports tracking research progress. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise and interest in working with a faculty member in one of the following research areas, broadly defined: goals and motivation; abundance and scarcity of resources (e.g., time, money); volunteerism; happiness and well-being. Both positions are open to candidates who have recently earned their Ph.D. (or who are expecting their degree in 2014) in any area of psychology or behavioral science. Close familiarity with methods of experimentation is important. In particular, experience in conducting computer, web-based, and interpersonal interaction-based experiments is desirable.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter describing their research interests. Applicants to Position 1 may also wish to detail their thoughts regarding the potential contribution of this position to the progress of their disciplinary training and academic career. Applicants to Positions 2 and 3 may wish to detail experience relevant to the non-research duties described for the positions. Selection will be based largely on the applicant's ability to work collaboratively on research with one or more of the Center for Decision Research faculty members. Thus, the applicant should indicate one or two faculty members with whom they would be most interested in collaborating.

In order to receive full consideration, materials should be submitted electronically by Friday, February 21, 2014.

To apply to Position 1 (postdoc funded through a gift from Howard and Nancy Marks), visit:

and “Search Postings” for Requisition Number: 094418

To apply to Positions 2 and 3 (postdoc funded through John Templeton Foundation grant), visit:

and “Search Postings” for Requisition Number: 094409

For questions about any of these positions, please email

The Center for Decision Research at University of Chicago includes a group of researchers interested in the study of judgment and decision making, social psychology, marketing, and behavioral and experimental economics (Daniel Bartels, Eugene Caruso, Nicholas Epley, Ayelet Fishbach, Reid Hastie, Christopher Hsee, Ann McGill, Devin Pope, Jane Risen, Anuj Shah, Abigail Sussman, Richard Thaler, Oleg Urminsky, Bernd Wittenbrink, and George Wu). The group runs weekly workshop and brownbag seminars. More information on the group and our activities is available at: There are also numerous workshops, brownbags, and seminars in economics and finance at Booth and elsewhere on campus.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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