The Development Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of Chicago is seeking full-time Lead Researchers to lead development economics research projects across DIL, including in sectors such as education, agriculture, and health. Founded and led by Nobel laureate and Faculty Director, Professor Michael Kremer, the Development Innovation Lab (DIL) is an affiliate of the Development Economics Center at the University of Chicago. Formally inaugurated in the spring of 2022, DIL brings researchers of various fields together with governments, firms and non-profits to use the tools of economics to identify, test, refine and scale innovations with the potential to benefit millions of people in low- and middle-income countries.
About the Department
The Development Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of Chicago is seeking full-time Lead Researchers to lead development economics research projects across DIL, including in sectors such as education, agriculture, and health.
- Leads the research and evidence synthesis work for DIL, including working with an existing team to identify proven innovations which can assist low and middle income countries in addressing climate change and ensuring food security. This work will include getting input form top economists in the field, writing research summaries, and sharing lessons with high-level policymakers.
- Identifies, develops and manages research projects, including contributing to existing DIL research projects and developing new research projects. Research priorities will be set in conversation with the Faculty Director. Travel as necessary to support project scoping and development.
- Provides input on cross-cutting lab activities or DIL public goods as required.
- Provides expertise to researchers on compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
- Provides expertise to researchers and research support staff. Oversees activities related to data collection and analysis.
- Improves financial, personnel, planning, compliance and other administrative aspects of research project. Collaborates with other researchers on long-range plans for research projects. Leads, investigates, modifies and applies new procedures, techniques or applications of technology. Establishes goals and operating procedures, practices, and guidelines.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
- PhD in economics or related field.
- PhD level training in the methods of economics.
- Prior experience working on randomized evaluations, development economics research, and/or public policy in developing countries.
- PhD can count for up to 3 years of experience. We will also consider candidates with substantial experience working on field experiments during their PhD.
- Knowledge of and experience running randomized control trials.
- Experience with economic research on agriculture.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Stay organized on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Curiosity and interest in climate change, biosecurity, including pandemic preparedness.
- Project management skills; plan tasks for teams, monitor progress, make corrections to plans.
- Team player with good problem-solving and time management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills as well as written and oral communication skills.
- Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Proven record of writing and publishing rigorous evaluations.
- Manage a team of research staff and draft evidence-based policy documents.
- Perform tasks mostly indoors in an office setting.
- Work independently for periods of eight (8) hours or more.
- Some travel to low and middle income countries.
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover Letter (required)
- References Contact Information (3)(required)
- Work sample (required)
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