The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago is actively seeking postdoctoral scholars. CEHD’s research program is guided by Professors James J. Heckman and Steven N. Durlauf to include a comprehensive array of interrelated and interdisciplinary projects and initiatives which promote a thorough empirical understanding of human flourishing, social mobility, and creating and measuring skills. Their current work considers both creative and theoretical studies of family and neighborhood dynamics as well as innovative empirical studies on the general topic. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct empirical research on the broad themes of this group in consultation with their faculty mentors and other senior scholars.

The postdoctoral scholar will reside at CEHD at the University of Chicago. CEHD, located in the Saieh Hall for Economics, stands in close collaborative proximity to the Department of Economics, the Becker Friedman Institute, and the Thirty Million Words Center for Early Learning and Public Health. This provides access to a wealth of seminars and classes at the University of Chicago, and opportunities to meet and collaborate with senior scholars.

Compensation will be tailored to a candidate’s qualifications and past experience. Comprehensive benefits plans will be available. Unique data sets on long-term experimental evaluations are available. There are opportunities for travel to present and/or collaborate. Research budget may be available for projects in close alignment with the Center’s research agenda. Terms and start dates are negotiable. Three-year arrangements have proven to be the most productive in defining and executing projects.


  • Ph.D. in Economics or Public Policy
  • Strong background in applied econometrics
  • Interest in advancing understanding of human development across the life cycle, which includes early childhood and adolescence and its implication in defining and executing projects on inequality, intergenerational mobility, employment, health, preference and skill formation, or crime
  • Independent evidence of competence in these areas (doctoral thesis and other papers)
  • Familiarity with quantitative labor economics preferred

DO NOT send inquiries or materials to Professors Heckman and Durlauf directly. Only applications submitted through the web form below will be considered. For questions or additional employment information, please email or use the “Comments” section in the form.

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