University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois United States


    January 31, 2024

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Professor Nicholas Epley seek a recent PhD graduate (earned or expected by July 2024) for a Principal Researcher role. This Principal Researcher position is designed to support a behavioral scientist in generating significant research contributions to the study of social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment. Nicholas Epley will manage the position and collaborate with the Principal Researcher. The primary responsibilities for the Principal Researcher will be to conduct this research both independently and in collaboration with Booth Faculty in the Roman Family Center for Decision Research (RF-CDR), with particular encouragement to advance high quality, cutting-edge experimental research. Accordingly, demonstrate an outstanding capacity to generate original research questions and implement studies to investigate those questions in unique experimental settings (e.g., companies, public spaces, museums). In addition to collaborating with the supervising faculty on research, the Principal Researcher will also serve as a Teaching Assistant for an MBA course taught by the managing faculty member. The course, titled Designing a Good Life, focuses on behavioral ethics and wellbeing. This position includes funding for collaborative and independent projects, access to all RF-CDR resources, and use of multiple laboratory facilities for conducting research.

This position is expected to last two years.


  • Develops original research questions independently and in collaboration with faculty in the CDR, and implements studies to investigate those questions.  
  • Participates in study design, data acquisition and analysis, manuscript development, and presentation/publication of results.  
  • Teaching Assistant responsibility for two sections each year of a behavioral ethics course for MBAs taught by the managing faculty member. 
  • Uses subject matter and best practices knowledge to perform lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Works independently to assist with project design.
  • Guides data collection, evaluation and analysis. Designs and manages databases. Writes reports, articles and manuscripts.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Ph.D., earned or expected by July 2024, in psychology, economics, or other behavioral science discipline. 


  • Conducting field, computer, web-based, and interpersonal interaction-based experiments. 

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with methods of experimentation.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts, in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, email, phone. 
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills. 

Working Conditions

  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter, describing research interests, explaining connections and possible contributions to specific CDR faculty, and describing why you are well qualified for the position (required)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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