Research Fellow

Erikson Institute
Chicago, Illinois
Annual Salary = $60,000 to $70,000 based on experience and qualifications.

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To apply, please submit application materials in one PDF that includes:  (1) cover letter describing your research interests, training experience, and goals, (2) CV/resume (3), writing sample, (4) names and contact information for two references.


The Herr Research Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago is seeking a pre- or post-doctoral Research Fellow whose research focuses on early care and education policy and/or practice. The Fellow will be responsible for performing research and project coordination duties on a variety of policy-relevant research studies related to supporting the supply and quality of home-based and non-traditional hour early care and education through an equity lens. The fellow will work closely with the Home-Based Child Care Research Team’s PIs and research staff. 

This is a 12-month, full-time (negotiable) fellowship; extension may be possible based on the availability of future grant funding.  The earliest start date is March 2023, and application review will begin in January, 2023 and will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The fellowship can be fully remote or hybrid in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to competitive salary and full benefits, the Fellow will be given time to conduct independent research of their own. Opportunities for teaching may be available if of interest.


  • Support protocol development, participant recruitment, and quantitative/qualitative data collection (primarily by phone and/or Zoom), in both English and Spanish.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis in collaboration with other team members, including both PIs and research assistants.
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of literature reviews, policy briefs, reports, journal articles, presentations, and other products.
  • Attend weekly team meetings and regularly communicating with team members, research partners, and community members (including policymakers, administrators, home-based child care educators, families).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Pre-doctoral fellow: A master’s degree or at least two years of doctoral training in early childhood education, human development, psychology, public policy, public health, social work, or a related field.
  • Post-doctoral fellow: A doctoral degree (or ABD) in early childhood education, human development, psychology, public policy, public health, social work, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of early care and education policies, systems, workforce, and/or landscape; familiarity with home-based child care (licensed family child care and/or family, friend, and neighbor care) strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish fluency, including comfort with verbal facilitation and written translation, is required.
  • A commitment to and clear articulation of an interest in advancing educational equity 
  • Experience interacting with economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Extensive experience collecting, managing, and analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data using relevant software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R, Nvivo, Dedoose).
  • Excellent verbal communication and academic writing skills; experiencing translating research for a general audience preferred.
  • Willingness and flexibility for weekend or evening data collection activities as needed, with flex time granted.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with groups.

About Erikson


We are the premier graduate school in childhood development committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.

Erikson Institute’s graduate degree programs uniquely prepare child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership.

Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).

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