Center for Decision Research

Postdoctoral Position at the Center for Decision Research

The Center for Decision Research at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business anticipates hiring one postdoctoral researcher, for a period of one year (renewable for a second year), with a starting date of July 2017.

This position is designed to support a talented behavioral scientist in generating significant research contributions to behavioral science disciplines (e.g., psychology, economics). To this end, the postdoc will receive a research budget to facilitate the conduct of research both independently and in collaboration with CDR faculty, with particular encouragement to advance high-quality, cutting-edge field research. Accordingly, the successful candidate must demonstrate an outstanding capacity to generate original research questions and implement studies to investigate those questions in both the laboratory and the field. Specific duties will include participating in study design, data acquisition and analysis, manuscript development, and presentation/publication of results. The position also entails management of outreach activities for CDRLabs, including oversight of participant recruiting, study solicitation, and communication with organization partners.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter describing their research interests, as well as the potential contribution of this position to the progress of their disciplinary training and academic career. Selection will be based largely on the applicant's ability to work collaboratively on research with one or more of the Center for Decision Research faculty members. Thus, the applicant should indicate one or two faculty members with whom they would be most interested in collaborating.

In order to receive full consideration, materials should be submitted electronically by Wednesday, March 15.

To apply to the position, visit and “Search Postings” for Requisition Number: 102166 Letters of recommendation for the position should be submitted through the following website:


GOAL-I Postdoc

Together with a multi-million dollar financial investment research and management firm, the Center for Decision Research (CDR) at Chicago Booth is considering sponsoring an behavioral scientist’s application for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Opportunity for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI). This grant, if awarded by NSF, would be used to support the applicant’s postdoctoral training at the CDR.

GOALI-supported postdoctoral fellowships facilitate the conduct of powerful and relevant basic research through university-industry partnerships. High-risk/high-gain research is given priority, with a focus on fundamental contributions to knowledge, new approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative educational programs, and direct transfer of new insights between academe and industry.

Ideal applicants will have a strong background in a behavioral science discipline (e.g., social psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral economics), and value the opportunity to study judgment and decision making in a business school context. Training in this position would include access to the full slate of CDR research resources for the duration of the job, as well as privileged access to field research opportunities with the partner firm.

If you are interested in support from the CDR and its organization partner in pursuing this GOALI-funded postdoctoral position, please email CDR Executive Director Heather Caruso at with your CV (including information on any grants awarded) and a paragraph describing how you think this postdoctoral position at the CDR might enhance your career as a basic behavioral scientist.


For questions about either of these positions, please email the Executive Director of the Center for Decision Research,

The Center for Decision Research at University of Chicago supports a group of researchers interested in the study of judgment and decision making, social psychology, marketing, and behavioral and experimental economics. Chicago Booth faculty affiliates include: Daniel Bartels, Christopher Bryan, Eugene Caruso, Nicholas Epley, Ayelet Fishbach, Reid Hastie, Christopher Hsee, Emma Levine, Ann McGill, Ed O’Brien, Devin Pope, Jane Risen, Anuj Shah, Abigail Sussman, Thomas Talhelm, Richard Thaler, Oleg Urminsky, Bernd Wittenbrink, and George Wu). The group runs weekly workshop and brownbag seminars. More information on the group and our activities is available at: There are also numerous workshops, brownbags, and seminars in economics and finance at Booth and elsewhere on campus.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.



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