University of Chicago Research Assistant in Chicago, Illinois

*Standard Summary

Principal contribution is providing leadership in applying principles and knowledge relevant to research projects. Performs senior-level lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Performs lead role in research projects. Assists with project design. Oversees implementation of project, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making significant contributions to methodology. Oversees data collection, evaluation and analysis. Designs and manages databases. Writes reports, articles and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and conferences, as well as to funding agencies. Conducts literature reviews. Trains and oversees the work of research support personnel. May manage other administrative aspects of the research project, including supervising research support personnel, tracking project expenditures, participating in funding negotiations, and assisting with grant and manuscript preparation. Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: independently performing complex technical duties; recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; monitoring and troubleshooting equipment; overseeing the ordering of supplies and maintenance of laboratory inventory; and ensuring laboratory compliance with all safety requirements.

About the Unit
Unit Job Summary

The Harris School of Public Policy is looking for a research assistant who can undertake computational analysis that will be a key part of a book project pertaining to the dynamics of corporate campaigns. The project uses the tools of dynamic stochastic game theory to study strategic interactions over time between the activists that initiate and conduct campaigns and the firms that are their targets. Computational methods will be used to characterize equilibria in games over wide swaths of the space of possible parameters. In some cases, this can be done using Data Tables and the Solver Table add-in in Excel. In some cases this will involve using the approach of Pakes and McGuire (RAND, 1994) implemented through Matlab. And in some cases it will involve using the homotopy solution method described in Besanko, Doraszelski, Kryukov, and Satterthwaite (Econometrica, 2010) implemented through FORTRAN.


  • Adapt existing Matlab and FORTRAN code and possibly write new code to study a variety of extensions of a baseline model of corporate campaigns.

  • Use Solver Table add-in in Excel to compute equilibria in simpler versions of the model.

  • Creating readable plots of results that could be embedded in chapters of the book.

  • Discuss and help interpret the computational results with the authors.

  • Proof-read chapters of the book that have already been written.

Please include the following documents in your application:

  • Cover Letter

  • CV

  • Statement of Research Interests

  • Sample Research Paper

  • References

  • Advanced degree in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted required.

  • Ph.D. student in the Departments of Economics, Political Science, or at the Booth School of Business.

  • Working knowledge of the theory of dynamic stochastic games, along with an interest in using this theory in applied problems in microeconomics or political science.

  • Strong knowledge of Matlab.

  • Strong knowledge of Excel.

  • Strong knowledge of FORTRAN or ability to quickly learn how to modify and adapt existing FORTRAN code.

  • Ability to quickly learn the homotopy solution method.


Ability to train others required. Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Supervisory skills preferred. Lab management skills preferred.

Required Job Seeker Documents

Cover Letter Writing Sample Curriculum Vita Reference Contact Information Research Statement

Optional Job Seeker Documents

Requisition Number: 103109

Departmental Job Title: Research Assistant

Type of Position: Staff

Number of Positions Available: 1

Division: Harris School Of Public Policy

Department: 35390-Harris School Of Public Policy

Work Location: Campus - Hyde Park

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Hours/Week: 37.5

If other than regular hours (M-F, 8:30-5:00) please detail: 8:30-5 M-F

Benefits Eligible?: Yes

Union (If applicable): Non-Union

Pay Grade: NA

Pay Range: Depends on Qualifications

Pay Frequency: Monthly

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?: No

Is a Background Check Required?: Yes

Is Drug Testing Required?: No

Employee Referral Bonus Amount: None

Posting Date: 07-17-2017

Remove from posting on or before: 01-17-2018