Research Professional

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Hyde Park Campus

1432110 Becker Friedman Initiatives

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Job Summary:

Greg Kaplan, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, seeks a highly skilled and independently motivated research scholar to work for a period of one- or two-years. The candidate will work directly under the supervision of the Professor Kaplan to make important contributions to several research and teaching projects which span macroeonomics, labor economics and applied microeconomics, with a focus on the distributional consequences of economic policies and economic forces. This includes the topics of inequality, risk sharing, unemployment, household formation, migration, fiscal policy and monetary policy. The position will demand close collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects. The ideal candidate is a recent graduate from a Bachelor's or Master's program who is intending to apply to graduate school in the future. The candidate should have an interest in macroeconomics micro heterogeneity.


  • Assist in the development of graduate and undergraduate teaching materials for macroeconomics.
  • Develop code to analyze large micro data sets including the Kilts-Nielsen Retail Scanner Dataset, the Current Population Survey, the Panel Study of Income dynamics as well as several proprietary datasets and large administrative datasets. Coding will be done in Stata, R or equivalent statistical package.
  • Develop code that implements numerical algorithms to solve heterogenous agent, incomplete markets economies in discrete and continuous time including HANK (Heterogeneous Agent New Keynesian) models. Coding will be done in Matlab, Fortran, Python, C or Julia
  • Write and implement advanced programs to solve economic problems that include designing, implementing, testing, and comparing algorithms and models; utilize statistical packages to build large scale databases that are efficient for computing; and utilize statistical packages to visualize complicated research results into nice formats for publications and presentations.
  • Conduct independent problem-solving with high-level directional advice.
  • Test new computing tools to explore better options for computational research.
  • Be fully informed on the latest developments in the relevant research areas; present findings effectively and articulately.
  • Assist faculty to identity, assess and organize information addressing research goals.

  • The ideal candidate will have exceptionally strong computer programming and quantitative skills, experience with a statistical programming language such as Stata, R, or equivalent and familiarity with programming languages such as Fortran, Matlab, Julia, C or Python with interest in coding and a willingness to learn new programs and methods of analysis.
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in economic required. Advanced degree in economics preferred. Second major in computer science, mathematics or related field preferred.

Technical Skills:
  • The candidate's expertise must be in statistical and economic modeling, programming and the analysis of very large data sets.
  • The candidate is welcome to take advantage of immersion in the Chicago Economics community and to attend student and faculty research workshops.

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • CV

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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