Research Specialist
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Law Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics

About the Department

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, UChicago Law offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind.

Job Summary

The Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics at the University of Chicago Law School seeks a Research Specialist to work with Professor Adriana Robertson on projects at the intersection of finance and law. Tasks will include assisting with the development of research projects, obtaining and cleaning data, conducting quantitative data analysis, and assisting with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentations related to research findings. The role is intended to operate on a "pre doc" model, with the Research Specialist remaining in the role for one or two years before pursing graduate studies, although this can be extended by mutual agreement. For more information about the Institute, please visit


  • Assembles, cleans and manages data sets.
  • Designs and tests econometric models / conducts complex data analysis.
  • Writes and edits research documentation.
  • Discovers new data sources and cleans/prepares data for faculty use.
  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project.
  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts.
  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through ---


Preferred Qualifications

  • A college or university degree in economics, finance, computer science, or a related field, including some background in financial economics.
  • An advanced degree in finance or economics, or a related field with evidence of strong statistics, programming, and empirical analysis.

  • Experience programming with Stata and Python.
  • Additional familiarity programing with R.
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel.
  • Strong English language skills.

Preferred Competencies
  • Must be self-directed.
  • Ability to work independently and within teams.
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple projects.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.

Application Documents
  • Resume (required)
  • Cover letter (preferred)

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

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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

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.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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