Research Assistant Positions @ The University of Chicago

The Research Professionals at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago is currently hiring full-time research assistants to start July 1, 2022, though other start dates will be considered. The program is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. These research assistants will work closely on faculty research, with faculty across all areas of economics hiring during this Winter hiring cycle. Available positions can be viewed at our website, and applications for the Winter cycle should be submitted by January 31, 2022. Please consider sharing with students across your network who may be interested in these opportunities.

Research Professionals and similar pre-doctoral positions at other universities are relatively new to the academic pipeline, but they are quickly becoming an integral part of the pipeline in the quantitative social sciences. Such positions are an excellent option for anyone considering a PhD program who is still uncertain, or as an alternative for anyone considering a master’s degree as a step toward a PhD.  Anyone who would like to learn more should visit for more information and an aggregated list of opportunities from several institutions. 

Please reach out to Michelle Skinner with any questions. 


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