Research Professional

Chicago, IL
Feb 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hyde Park Campus

30341 Bus-Instruction And Research

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Econometrics and Statistics group at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago invites applications for a Research Professional. The Research Professional will be working under the supervision of Prof. Dacheng Xiu, but will have ample opportunities to collaborate with other members of the group on multiple projects.

The Research Professional will be working on a range of problems involving high dimensional statistics, machine learning, and convex optimization. More specific areas include, but are not limited to, multiple testing, model selection, prediction, deep learning, and their applications in economics and finance. The professional will also have the opportunity to actively participate in the broad interdisciplinary environment at Booth.

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, with the first major review to occur on March 1, 2018.This position is expected to last one year, with the possibility of a second year.

  • Supports ongoing research projects and faculty by gathering, compiling, processing, and manipulating data.
  • Obtains and organizes information for research from other academic institutions and practitioners.
  • Proofreads and edits citations of funded research reports, working papers, and publications.
  • Maintains effective communication with all members of the faculty and outside institutions.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills required.
  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail, required.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously are required.
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as with others, and to meet deadlines under pressure is required.
  • Ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Master's degree or higher required. (this includes ABD)
  • Doctoral degree or ABD (all but dissertation) status highly preferred.

  • At least one year of research experience required, experience gained in school counts towards the requirement.
  • Relevant research experience preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Strong quantitative background and strong computer skills including programming preferred.
  • Familiarity with mathematical and statistics software such as Python and Matlab preferred.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required.

Required Documents:


Cover letter

Two references

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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