This job has expired

Research Associate

Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Chicago, Illinois
Annual salary of $62,000
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2022

View more

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice (, in collaboration with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (, an affiliated policy research center, invites application for the Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is aimed at strengthening the intellectual and research qualifications of scholars interested in applied research careers focusing on child, youth, and family well-being.

The successful candidate will serve for two years under the joint mentorship of two nationally recognized researchers, Julia Henly, Professor at the Crown Family School, and Jon Korfmacher, Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall  

The selected candidate will receive advanced research training through participation on Crown Family School and Chapin Hall research projects and in other learning opportunities at the University of Chicago and Chapin Hall. The selected candidate will be provided with time and resources to explore and develop independent research ideas and with mentoring by nationally recognized research leaders. The candidate is expected to conduct work leading to publication in refereed journals.

This is an in-residence, two-year, benefits-eligible appointment. The successful candidate will hold the title of Research Associate. The salary is $62,000 per calendar year with an annual research and professional development allowance of $3,000. Moving expenses are the responsibility of the individual.



Ph.D. in public policy, social work, economics, human development, psychology, family science, education, epidemiology or a related discipline received between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 required. Individuals who will have successfully defended the dissertation and fulfilled all requirements for the Ph.D. by June 30, 2023, but who have not received their diploma, are eligible.

The successful candidate must be able to begin the position between July 1, 2023 and January 1, 2024. A minimum of three years of research experience (dissertation-related research is acceptable) and experience conducting empirical research in the context of child, youth, or family policy strongly preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ambitious research agenda and potential for conducting high quality and impactful applied scholarship related to children, youth, and families.


Research Interests

Research interest in child care and early education policy and in early childhood services, including programs supporting families of young children. The mentors foresee opportunities across their ongoing projects for a research associate to gain skills in public policy research and intervention science using mixed methods approaches on topics related to poverty, children and families, child care and early education, home visiting, home-based child care, and other work and family support programs.


Required Application Materials

  1. Cover letter that briefly introduces the candidate and briefly summarizes main research interests, how those interests are related to policies or programs that impact children, youth, and families, and how those interests are related to interests of potential mentors. (approximately 300 words)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 10 pages)
  3. Personal Statement (5 pages maximum, 1.5 line spacing, 1” margins, references as appropriate) outlining: Completed research (including dissertation); Work in progress; Statement of scholarly aspirations
  4. Scholarly writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages)
  5. Letter of recommendation from academic mentor. Applicants must request a confidential letter from their academic mentor through Interfolio.
  6. Names and contact information for at least two additional individuals (not including academic mentor/primary advisor) who can be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Only on-line applications are accepted. Please apply online at the Academic Recruitment web page at the University of Chicago website using the following link:

Consideration of applications will begin on Friday, December 9, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged.

For more information on this position, please contact

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert