BFI Employment Opportunities

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School.

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Open Positions

  • Pre-Doctoral Research Opportunities

    The Predoctoral Research in Economics program (PREP) is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. The program offers unique research and professional training opportunities at the University of Chicago.

    The program offers economics research and training opportunities at the University of Chicago. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, predoctoral research professionals typically attend classes and seminars at the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI), the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions.

    The program provides two key events for professional training. At the beginning of each year, there is a five-day long customized orientation and training workshop. The training sessions cover topics such as: Data management practices, version control, coding reviews, causal inference and econometric methods, working with spatial data, and science communication tools. In the winter, BFI will hold a retreat dedicated to professional career development. Junior and senior faculty attend and present on issues such as: Applications to graduate school, the development or research ideas and projects, grant applications, potential pitfalls in graduate school and how to avoid them, and cutting-edge statistical methods.

    Program Benefits

    Along with the day-to-day contact with BFI faculty supervisors, the fellowship provides two key events for professional training. At the beginning of each year, pre-doctoral fellows participate in a five-day orientation and training workshop. The training sessions cover topics from data management practices to econometric methods and science communication tools. In the winter, BFI holds a retreat dedicated to career development. Faculty present on issues such as completing applications to graduate school, developing research ideas and projects, applying to grants, and performing cutting-edge statistical methods. They also provide advice on how to avoid common mistakes and succeed in graduate school.

    BFI’s outstanding pre-doctoral fellows have gone on to some of the country’s top PhD programs, securing places in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; Urban Planning at the University of California at Berkeley; and more.

    How to Apply

    Applications for the program are reviewed in fall, winter, and spring cycles. The winter application cycle for 2022 is now live, with a priority deadline of January 30.

    Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in July and work for BFI for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. BFI offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do you offer visa sponsorship for international applicants?

    Yes, BFI sponsors work or student visas.

    2. Are there any specific requirements for the writing sample?

    There are no requirements for the length or topic of your writing sample. Many successful applicants submit economics research papers (e.g. a thesis, or term paper) that highlight their abilities in writing and empirical analysis.

    3. What kind of applicant does BFI look for?

    Successful applicants have typically completed advanced coursework with high marks in economics, math, statistics, or computer science. Many pre-doctoral research professionals have had past economics research experience at their university, or other research institutions such as the Federal Reserve, World Bank, J-PAL or IMF.

  • Special Projects Coordinator, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The job coordinates non-technical (not information technology or construction related) projects from conception to completion. Assists with the assembly of teams and the development of detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports using straightforward problem solving skills.

    Responsibilities

    • Manages email communications in the DIL inbox and responds or coordinates responses with relevant DIL team members.
    • Coordinates DIL team’s work with outside institutions, including NGOs and government agencies.
    • Organizes speaking and media requests for domestic and international events.
    • Monitors DIL’s internal and external communications to maximize research impact and exposure.
    • Maintains DIL’s website. Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, workshops, and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements; handles speaker’s itinerary.
    • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements and reimbursements for DIL team and visitors.
    • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects. Tasks include: proofreading, fact-checking, and editing papers and reports under the supervision of the Executive Director.
    • Coordinates events, researches logistics, assists with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach, and post-event write ups.
    • Assists with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and drafting and/or editing other written materials with moderate guidance.
    • Assists with other administrative projects as needed and acquire higher level guidance and skills.
    • Performs other related work as needed

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a closely related field.

    Experience:

    • Background providing administrative support.
    • Skillful in project management.
    • Working knowledge as a research assistant and/or supporting research projects.
    • Teaching Assistant experience in economics courses may also be considered.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for development economics.
    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
    • Effective written and verbal communication.
    • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
    • Anticipate and respond to future needs.
    • Works well independently and in a team environment.
    • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
    • Solve problems and make effective decisions.
  • Associate Director for the Office of the Faculty Director, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The Associate Director for the Office of the Faculty Director serves as the second in command in the Office of the Faculty Director, supporting the Chief of Staff for the office of the Faculty Director (CoS for OFD). Responsibilities include providing support to the CoS for OFD in outreach and communications related to the work of the Faculty Director including writing, public speaking and presentations, project development, event planning, and human resources of the Office of the Faculty Director. In general, the position supports the CoS for OFD in the public engagement of the Faculty Director and facilitates the strategic engagement to fulfill the Faculty Director’s responsibilities at the University of Chicago as University Professor of Economics in both the College and the Harris School of Public Policy as well as in his roles leading the Development Economics Center, Development Innovation Lab and Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics. Other responsibilities include supporting the management of the Office of the Faculty Director to provide support in correspondence, logistics and calendar management and coordinating with the other teams reporting directly to the Faculty Director.

    The job requires a strong technical knowledge of development economics and the ability to work efficiently across many projects and teams. The Associate Director for the office of the Faculty Director will be working directly with Prof. Kremer on a day-to-day basis. This position is well-suited for someone interested in a career at the intersection of research and policy.

    Responsibilities

    • Leads writing of speeches, presentations, communications, and policy briefs.
    • Coordinates research activities, and works on some research projects.
    • Identifies and prioritizes opportunities for research, dissemination, policy outreach and funding.
    • Manages and coordinates daily activities across DIL project teams.
    • Works with the CoS for OFD to identify and implement systems to improve the efficiency and accuracy of support and coordinates with the Executive Director to ensure compliance with DIL and DEC systems.
    • Under the direction of the CoS for OFD, leads efforts of all written materials required by the Faculty Director. This includes writing materials as well as coordinating and editing the efforts of other members of the Office of the Faculty Director.
    • Coordinates correspondence from the Faculty Director.
    • Provides support to the CoS for OFD and the Executive Director in the preparations of event planning, public relations, and other external communications and related activities that require Faculty Director involvement.
    • Develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Manages program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations.
    • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, public policy, or related discipline.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience with academic writing.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to translate technical ideas into non-technical content.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
    • Strong understanding development economics and economics research.
    • A strong knowledge of randomized controlled trials and other empirical methods used in economics.
    • Strong coordination and management skills.
    • Proven experience managing teams and projects.
  • Communications & Digital Media Manager, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

    Job Summary
    The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) is an interdisciplinary research and training institute focused on the economic and social consequences of energy policies. EPIC strives to marry world-class research and data analysis with comprehensive outreach and engagement in order to translate knowledge into impact.

    The Communications & Digital Media Manager will play a central role in implementing creative strategies to improve the Institute’s overall communications efforts and digital strategy as part of a passionate and nimble team. This work will include designing and implementing a strategy to raise the Institute’s digital profile, including through the management of multiple websites and social platforms; conducting audience analysis and providing stakeholder and media relations support; and leading promotional efforts surrounding the Institute’s programming. The Manager will be a self-starter able to work under minimal supervision and balance competing priorities. The Communications & Digital Media Manager will report to the Senior Director of Communications and External Engagement.

    Responsibilities

    • Manages multiple Institute-run websites and EPIC’s e-mail marketing initiatives. This includes producing regular emails to stakeholders, a monthly e-newsletter and maintaining robust stakeholder and media lists.
    • Manages multiple social media accounts, including creating and maintaining a content calendar and developing, purchasing and monitoring the success of social advertising. Develops new ideas to improve the Insitute’s social media positioning and engagement.
    • Develops strategies and other creative solutions to boost online engagement and grow EPIC’s e-mail marketing lists; monitors and tracks online presence, records analytics, and uses data to inform EPIC’s digital and social strategies.
    • Conducts stakeholder and media mapping activities in preparation for new programming or research with the goal of properly targeting the most appropriate audience and expanding stakeholder engagement.
    • Manages publicity and other responsibilities surrounding events and general programming.
    • Monitors the online presence (websites and social media) of associated schools and centers, as well as the University of Chicago’s news and events pages, for energy-related updates that would be appropriate for cross-promotion.
    • Drafts and edits occasional short news stories and other content under tight deadlines.  This includes writing profiles of students, researchers and other initiatives.
    • Monitors, tracks and reports on media coverage of the institutes’ researchers and issues of topical interest. Manages daily news monitoring e-mail.
    • Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization’s programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
    • Accomplishes assigned duties through two or more of the following: written communications; visual/graphic media, which may include Web site development and maintenance; speeches and personal contact. The incumbent is still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills.
    • Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of three to five years of relevant experience.
    • Managing websites, email and social media accounts in a professional capacity.
    • Agency experience highly valued.
    • Experience in energy/environmental issues strongly desired and encouraged to apply.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based communication methods and tools such as MailChimp and WordPress (or similar platforms).

    Preferred Competencies

    • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in digital engagement and their applications to communication strategies, including through web, email and social media.
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently with a high degree of initiative and collaboratively as part of a team.
    • Work effectively with management, staff, researchers, students, and outside vendors and collaborators.
    • Strategic and creative thinking, project management and planning skills.
    • Manage and prioritize job tasks, perform effectively in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines in a timely manner while maintaining professionalism and product quality.
    • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills, creativity, flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Field Research Associate, Energy and Environment Lab

    About the Department
    The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab (EE Lab) partners with agencies at the federal, state and local level to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce pollution and improve environmental outcomes, while ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. The EE Lab applies rigorous evaluation and modeling methods, including natural and field experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning, to help policymakers identify and generate evidence on innovative approaches and policy solutions to their most pressing environmental and energy challenges.

    Job Summary
    The EE Lab is seeking self-driven and enterprising Field Research Associates to conduct air quality data collection in Colorado. The Associate will work with staff at the EE Lab and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to strengthen the existing partnership between EE Lab and CDPHE and collect on the ground data for a research project on monitoring methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state. The Associates will assist in developing an air quality monitoring data collection plan and executing methane emissions measurements throughout the year. The Associates will work in teams to drive to data collection sites in the vicinity of oil and gas facilities, where they will conduct air quality measurements using gas analyzer technology. The Associates will be responsible for the logistics of ensuring the data collection plan is on track, will monitor the quality of the collected data, and will troubleshoot technical issues as they arise. This position offers a unique opportunity to apply modern emissions monitoring technology and data analytics to measure methane emissions and contribute to policy innovation. Candidates must be willing to live in greater Denver, Colorado for the duration of employment.

    Responsibilities

    • Performs sampling and data collection in the field using remote sensing equipment. Leads troubleshooting of technological, logistical, and meteorological problems in real time.
    • Coordinates with EE Lab principal investigators and research staff to develop an efficient but flexible data collection plan.
    • Develops and executes a weekly data collection plan, and makes daily adjustments as necessary, accounting meteorological conditions on the ground.
    • Provides technical assistance and recommendations to EE Lab staff regarding emissions monitoring.
    • Works closely with the research team to solve complex problems relating to the administration of the project, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and thoroughly documenting all decision points.
    • Develops and maintains effective working relations with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and other stakeholders to cooperate on emissions monitoring efforts.
    • Collects and assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
    • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, statistics, computer science, IT, chemistry, other sciences or a related field.
    • Coursework in physics, chemistry, environmental science, and statistics.

    Experience:

    • Prior experience obtained while in school or in a similar field.
    • Designing and carrying out data collection and sampling plans. Knowledge of data organization and management best practices is a plus.
    • Background working with large datasets.
    • Working knowledge on environmental monitoring research, field experiments and randomized controlled trials.

    Certifications:

    • Valid U.S. driver’s license; safe automotive driving record in the U.S. for past 2 years.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Skilled at troubleshooting and resolving technical challenges.
    • Knowledge of oil and gas operations.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google suites.
    • Basic understanding of atmospheric science and air pollution concepts, and quickly learn how to operate new equipment and computer software.
    • Working knowledge using emissions monitoring equipment.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Proven work ethic, flexibility and punctuality.
    • Proven ability to work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as part of a team.
    • Resourcefulness, adaptability, and flexibility.
    • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
    • Proven organizational skills and high attention to detail, with a strong focus on results.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Grants & Contracts Coordinator, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    A primary activity of the DEC is a bi-annual request for proposals (RFP) process and the year-round management of those who have received awards. This position provides day to day administrative support in running and maintaining the award cycle.

    The Grant and Contracts Coordinator supports the Grants and Contract Manager with routine pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to the DEC’s grant and contract proposals and funding. Pre-award activities preparing for and executing the Request for Proposals process including performing eligibility and completeness checks, managing communications in the associated inboxes, updating the application form, and maintaining the RFP text on the website. Performs work with guidance from others.

    Responsibilities

    • Checks the associated inboxes and coordinates responses as necessary.
    • Prepares communications to announce the opening of the RFP.
    • Manages the open and close of the RFP application.
    • Reviews submissions for eligibility and completeness against DEC criteria.
    • Works with the Grants & Contracts Manager to compile and distribute materials for the committee review process and bi-annual committee meeting.
    • When award decisions are made, compiles draft contracts and works with University Research Administration (URA) to execute.
    • Receives and coordinates responses to no cost extension (NCE) requests.
    • Works with URA to execute NCE amendments.
    • Maintains DEC records and file system.
    • Receives, prepares, and submits for payment invoices from DEC awardees.
    • Assists in the review of all applications against University guidelines, in addition to drafting progress reports, non-competing applications, amendments, and budgeting. Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Assists with straightforward post-award activities including account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closing.
    • Prepares summaries of grants and effort allocations for Principal Investigators, meets with them and responds to their questions. Coordinates with other departments/units/divisions regarding multi investigator grants. Serves as department contact for annual audits and agency site visits.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • AA degree in related field.
    • BA degree in related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience.
    • Contracting and grant management experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Professional and service oriented communication skills.
    • Organized and thorough in record keeping.
    • Detail oriented especially toward compliance checking.
    • Skilled at coordinating internal stakeholders to compile responses and information for external stakeholders.
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Policy Impact Senior Manager, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The DEC seeks a full-time Policy Impact Senior Manager. The Senior Manager will help design and implement the Policy Impact plan to take policy evidence to action and reduce people’s suffering in the world. This role will also work closely with the Director to identify studies with the potential to be disseminated in different countries around the globe and with governments, NGOs, and firms to identify pathways to scale.

    The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in rigorous development economics research. Experience working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior academics, government officials, bilateral and multilateral funders, non-profit organizations, and/or businesses, will be particularly valuable.

    Responsibilities

    • Supports the amplification of the impact of Weiss-funded projects by identifying promising projects and their pathways to scale. This will include contributing towards identifying partners for larger-scale research, implementation, policy change, and funding.
    • Supports the Director in the fundraising for scale-up efforts of the DEC team.
    • Collaborates in organizing conferences for research supported by the DEC.
    • Takes advantage of synergies in dissemination and policy outreach.
    • Leads the writing of policy briefs that help disseminate policy evidence to partners (specially governments).
    • Maintains and builds key relationships with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to impact relevant policy and funding opportunities. Provides expertise to Congress and the federal agencies in the formulation of key policy decisions.
    • Develops relationships with University faculty and administration to learn about and convey University initiatives to the federal government. Communicates information about pending federal programs and projects to University officers to help faculty and administration anticipate and participate in federally sponsored programs of interest.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or international development, including significant training in economics.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years working in an economic research or policy implementation environment.
    • Working directly with academic researchers, developing country governments, and bilateral/multilateral funders.
    • Scaling up evidence-based development innovations.
    • Conducting randomized control trials.
    • Advanced training in econometrics.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Professional and service oriented communication skills.
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Project Associate, Energy & Environment Lab

    Job Summary

    The University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab is seeking a Project Associate (PA) with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support environmental policy research projects. The PA will work on a portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data, utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods to provide government partners with guidance on key policy questions.

    The successful candidate will have experience with data management, econometrics, and statistical modeling. The PA will contribute to all aspects of research, including data collection, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as part of small research teams, and on multiple projects concurrently, while also being self-directed and independent. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading policy researchers and faculty at the University of Chicago and other universities, and policymakers in state and local environmental agencies.

    Responsibilities

    • Works as part of faculty-led research teams to contribute to development, design and implementation of applied economics research studies.
    • Collaboratively leads data collection, study management, subject sampling, randomization, and analysis including cleaning and assembling datasets for analysis; conduct field research as needed.
    • Coordinates research activities, assists in preparing human subjects protocols, manages and analyzes data across multiple projects.
    • Contributes to building traditional statistical models and machine learning algorithms for a variety of research projects.
    • Prepares results of analysis for research papers, policy briefs, and memos and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
    • Helps build and maintain strong relationships and effective communication with government agencies, and other research partners and organizations.
    • Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature.
    • Supports fundraising and reporting efforts, such as helping prepare grant proposals and progress reports to funders.
    • Maintains technical and administrative support for a portfolio of research projects.
    • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
    • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.


    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science or other relevant field.
    • Coursework in econometrics and/or mathematical statistics.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.
    • Background working on field experiments / randomized controlled trials.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience working with Stata, R, Python, and/or other programming languages.
    • Experience cleaning and analyzing data.
    • Experience building predictive models.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Strong interest in environmental policy.
    • Extensive background in applied statistics and econometrics.
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member.
  • Program Manager, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The Program Manager manages academic, research, and administrative programs and research on program effectiveness. Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, managing and evaluating daily operations of various DEC programs, for example Predoctoral Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.

    Responsibilities

    • In collaboration with other DEC staff and Director, deliver services to program participants and awardees such as communicating with programs partners and  DEC applicants and awardees.
    • Works closely with DEC and UChicago team members to execute the importance and complexities international program and grant management. Works closely with the Director of the DEC to develop and execute new DEC programs together with the DEC committee.
    • Works to translate the goals of the committee into executable programs that engage Universities and researchers across the world.
    • Working in coordination with the Director, develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work.
    • Works with the Associate Director of Finance to manage program budgets and make budgetary recommendations.
    • Working with the Director, implements program evaluations to understand the impact of DEC programs, designs controlled experiments when possible and exploits natural experiments and qualitative causal evaluation when necessary and/or complementary with RCT designs.
    • Uses general understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.
    • Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Interacts with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering or a related field.
    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy/administration, or related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of international operations, especially within a University setting.
    • Excellent knowledge of project management principles.
    • Strong intuition and knowledge in statistics and causal inference.

    Preferred Competencies

    • International development.
    • Conflict resolution skills.
    • Outstanding communication and organizational skills.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
    • Committee management.
    • Good decision making.
    • Information management.
    • Planning and evaluating.
    • Customer service.
    • Communicational skills.
  • Research Specialist, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

    Responsibilities

    • May work with Faculty Director to assist with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, and other documents.
    • Collaborates with other researchers on the preparation of presentations and talking points.
    • Assists with research dissemination and outreach to media and policymakers.
    • Enters data and reports on results.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
    • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, or a closely related field with demonstrated understanding of economics.
    • Coursework or experience in development economics is a strong plus.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suites.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Strong writing and copy-editing skills.
    • Translating technical, academic materials into accessible formats.
    • Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
    • Proven ability to be a valuable part of a team.
    • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail.
    • Strong interest in development economics.
  • Associate Director of Water, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The Associate Director of Water will build on research by Michael Kremer and coauthors suggesting that water treatment is among the most cost effective interventions for reducing child mortality (https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/2022-26/), DIL scaling up research and policy implementation to increase access to dilute-chlorine solution for household-level water treatment in low- and middle-income country.

    To do this, DIL is looking to hire an Associate Director of Water to work as a leading member of the DIL water team focusing on scaling this intervention through partnerships with various government offices in several countries. Reporting to the Initiative Director, the main role of the Associate Director of Water will be partnership management and stakeholder engagement while also including evaluation support, project management, research design and management, as well as policy writing and outreach. We are looking for candidates with an understanding of impact evaluation, economics and statistics, water and public health policy, and government program implementation. Candidates are expected to be equipped with excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, strong project management skills, and who can take ownership of their work independently and collaborate effectively with other members of the team.

    This position will travel to Kenya and/or one of the other countries where we have projects. Applicants must be willing to travel frequently to remote areas of the countries involved. This is a full-time position for one-year with possibility for renewal.

    Responsibilities

    • Supports engagements with government officials, policy practitioners, and researchers working on chlorine/safe water projects in various countries.
    • Builds and maintains strong relationships with key partners in the relevant government offices.
    • Scopes work for developing research and policy designs in several countries, including background research on chlorine practices and clean water access as well as travel and fieldwork to meet with potential partners and conduct interviews and focus group discussions among target populations.
    • Shares feasibility assessments and initial analyses with policymakers and researchers through in-person meetings, memos, and phone calls.
    • Supports DIL researchers and our partners on the study design. This includes refining the program’s theory of change; identifying constraints and potential threats to the integrity of the study; and providing deep local context and cultural sensitivity to the project design.
    • Supports DIL researchers and our partners with the implementation and potential scale-up of projects. This includes the execution of piloting, roll-out, and data collection plans.
    • Reports regularly to PIs and DIL senior management on project progress. Flags potential problems such as delays, overspending, data quality issues, or threats to validity; and recommend solutions to the problems.
    • Manages processes for establishing and executing research projects. This includes managing the development of proposals; maintaining funding initiative records and tracking compliance with donor requirements; and organizing policy outreach webinars and events and engaging with stakeholders.
    • Drafts publications and presentations that summarize and synthesize the policy implications of key research results.
    • Creates guides, documents, and presentations on research processes and methods that can serve as resources for policymakers and implementing partners.
    • Provides expertise to researchers on compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
    • Provides expertise to researchers and research support staff. Oversees activities related to data collection and analysis.
    • Leads the establishment of new laboratories and provides assistance with purchasing new laboratory equipment; ensuring efficient operation of laboratory, including overseeing maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • A Master’s degree in economics, public health, or a closely related, quantitatively rigorous field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of seven years of previous job experience.
    • Experience working with non-profit organizations and government officials on WASH projects.
    • Background in randomized controlled trials.
    • Experience interacting and collaborating with government officials, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders in a developing country context.
    • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including non-research focused audiences.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Complete fluency in English.

    Preferred Competencies

    • A background (education or experience) in water is strongly encouraged.
    • Strong quantitative, analytical, and financial management skills.
    • A strong track record of managing complicated projects in the field, particularly in a matrixed environment.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Work independently and problem-solve, as well as enlist the support of other teams within the organization.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong knowledge of the social and cultural context in relevant countries.
  • Director of Policy Research, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    DIL at the University of Chicago is seeking a full-time Director of Policy Outreach to design and lead the policy outreach for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture, one of DIL’s flagship projects. The Commission will convene former heads of state and ministers of finance to address challenges at the intersection of climate change, food security, and agriculture. The Commission will assess innovations that could provide social benefits but are currently underfunded and propose institutional mechanisms that promote the development and scaling of innovations.

    The Director will work closely with DIL Faculty Director and Commission Chair, Michael Kremer, the Commission Secretariat Director, Paul Winters, and the rest of the DIL leadership to establish and lead this new agricultural initiative within DIL. The Director will be responsible for crafting an outreach strategy for the initiative, high-level relationship building which will likely include extensive engagements with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other policy actors. To be successful they will need to have strong experience working in policy outreach or communications related to development economics research or development policy, be a highly dynamic and analytical individual who can excel in a diverse set of responsibilities from working with partners to translating academic research into policy memos that are accessible to a broad audience.

    The Director will play a key role within the Commission Secretariat providing leadership in guiding the policy outreach agenda from the start of operations. The Director will serve as a bridge between the Commission chair, Commission members and secretariat, and senior policymakers.

    Responsibilities

    • Drafts, conducts and manages a policy outreach strategy for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture.
    • Leads on the drafting of policy memos for the Commission.
    • Tracks relevant legislation, hearings, and initiatives, as well as the budget and appropriations process in key donor countries.
    • Monitors global discourse and initiatives in the climate change, food security and agricultural space.
    • Engages with relevant stakeholders in selected low and middle income countries to advance the agenda of the Commission.
    • Performs tasks requiring independent judgment and analysis, including drafting policy briefs, and external emails to Commission members, heads of NGOs, current and former heads of state, heads of international organizations and other high-level individuals.
    • Organizes events for Commission members and the Chair to disseminate findings.
    • Provides input on cross-cutting lab activities as required and requested by the Executive Director or Faculty Director at the Development Innovation Lab.
    • Collaborates on policy outreach.
    • Develops of lab strategy and plans.
    • Collaborates with the larger Development Economics Center at the University of Chicago including with the Weiss Fund for Development Economics.
    • Collaborates across policy or research activities, especially where there is crossover or common partners between initiatives.
    • Develops goals and operating procedures, practices, and guidelines for research activity based on department strategy.
    • Reviews research of others, and may conduct own research, in area of expertise. Edits and approves articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conference. Manages the research of processes in clinical or non-clinical settings. Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development including significant training in communications.

    Experience:

    • Seven or more years of relevant work experience.
    • Prior experience working on policy communications and outreach.
    • Substantial experience working in one or more of the initiative areas in developing countries.
    • Experience working with developing country governments or large bilateral and multilateral funders.
    • Experience organizing policy events as well as producing policy resources and publications.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Training in microeconomics and econometrics.
    • Candidates from a policy background or related academic background who can demonstrate similar knowledge will also be considered.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level relationships with governments, international development practitioners, and/or academic researchers.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated project management skills, including working across teams and ability to manage the time of high-level principals efficiently.
  • Initiative Director - Agriculture, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    DIL at the University of Chicago is seeking a full-time Director to set up and lead our initiative on agriculture and to lead research efforts for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture, one of DIL’s flagship projects. The Commission will convene former heads of state and ministers of finance to address challenges at the intersection of climate change, food security, and agriculture. The Commission will assess innovations that could provide social benefits, but are currently underfunded and propose institutional mechanisms that promote the development and scaling of innovations.

    The Director will work closely with DIL Faculty Director and Commission Chair, Michael Kremer, the Commission Secretariat Director, Paul Winters, and the rest of the DIL leadership to establish and lead this new agricultural initiative within DIL. The Director will be responsible for strategy for the initiative, high-level relationship building, research project development and management, financial and grant management, and program and donor development. To be successful they will need to have strong experience working in development economics research, be a highly dynamic and analytical individual who can excel in a diverse set of responsibilities from working with partners to developing research designs to translating academic research into policy and implementation recommendations.

    The Director will play a key role within the Commission Secretariat providing leadership in guiding the research agenda of the Commission as the Secretariat’s Research Director. The Commission will convene an Advisory Board of some of the world’s leading economists and other researchers, and the Director will work closely with these academics to build and coordinate innovation teams to advance the development and scale-up of promising innovations. The Director will also directly lead in the writing of key reports with the Commission. The Director will serve as a bridge between leading researchers and senior policymakers.

    Responsibilities

    • Identifies, develops, and manages research projects, with travel as necessary to support project development and set-up.
    • Designs and executes strategies to enable scaling of relevant innovations through partners.
    • Builds relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, and multilateral aid agencies.
    • Leads global and local dissemination and policy outreach for the initiative, with a view to scaling up insights from the research.
    • Leads the writing of key reports for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture.
    • Coordinates the work of research teams led by innovation leads and collaborates with innovation leads in the writing of papers to be included in the final report.
    • Conducts and manages broader research on issues relevant to the Commission.
    • Leads empirical analysis on topics relevant to the Commission.
    • Hires and manages staff to meet the Initiative’s goals.
    • Spearheads fundraising and grant writing efforts to support core initiative activities.
    • Ensures smooth administration of the Program, including financial and administrative oversight, project management, and grant reporting.
    • Coordinates and collaborates with other initiative leads as required.
    • Provides input on cross-cutting lab activities as required and requested by the Executive Director or Faculty Director at Development Innovation Lab.
    • Recruira pre- and post-doctoral fellows.
    • Collaborates on research design.
    • Develops lab strategy and plans.
    • Collaborates with the larger Development Economics Center at the University of Chicago including with the Weiss Fund for Development Economics.
    • Collaborates across policy or research activities, especially where there is crossover or common partners between initiatives.
    • Develops goals and operating procedures, practices, and guidelines for research activity based on department strategy.
    • Reviews research of others, and may conduct own research, in area of expertise. Edits and approves articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conference. Manages the research of processes in clinical or non-clinical settings. Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • PhD or Master’s degree in economics, public policy or international development including significant training in economics.

    Experience:

    • Seven or more years of relevant work experience. PhD can count for up to 3 years of experience.
    • Prior experience working on randomized evaluations, development economics research, and/or public policy in developing countries.
    • Substantial experience working in one or more of the initiative areas in developing countries.
    • Experience working with developing country governments or large bilateral and multilateral funders.
    • Organizing policy events as well as producing policy resources and publications.
    • Experience effecting change within governments or large multilateral organizations and/or implementing large scale programs.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • PhD level training in microeconomics and econometrics.
    • Candidates from a policy background or related academic background who can demonstrate similar knowledge will also be considered.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level relationships with governments, international development practitioners, and/or academic researchers.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing stuff and successfully working across teams, budgeting, attention to operational and research details, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently.