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Research Associate

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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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 at the University of Chicago. The salary is $55,000 per calendar year. Moving expenses are not covered by the University and are the responsibility of the individual.



Ph.D. in public policy, social work, economics, human development, psychology, family science, education, policy, epidemiology or a related discipline received between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022 required. Individuals who will have successfully defended the dissertation and fulfilled all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 31, 2022, but who have not received their diploma, are eligible and able to apply. The successful candidate must be able to begin the position between September 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023. 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 have demonstrated a potential for success in publishing and obtaining research grants.

Research Interests

Research interest in child care and early education policy and in early childhood services, including programs supporting families of young children. A particular focus of the position will be on home-based child care (HBCC), including supports for these services and how HBCC fits into the larger early childhood service system. Dr. Korfmacher and Professor Henly 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, and work and family support programs.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates must submit the following application materials by January 15, 2022 Notice will be given to the successful applicant no later than May 1, 2022.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Academic Statement outlining candidates main research interests, accomplishments, and aspirations. The statement should make clear how the research is related to policies or programs that impact children, youth, and families, and descriptions of scholarly aspirations.
  3. Scholarly writing sample
  4. Letter of recommendation from academic mentor. Applicants must request a confidential letter from their academic mentor through Interfolio.
  5. 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:

For more information on this position, please contact

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.

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