Research Assistant for 2019-2020

Job description: Professor Sam Norris is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and highly-skilled research assistant to work with him and his collaborators. This position is ideal for someone who intends to go to graduate school in economics and will involve close work with Professor Norris on all aspects of the research process, including conducting background research on institutions, writing code, analyzing results, and editing papers and presentations. The Research Fellow will be a part of the intellectual life at the University of Chicago, and encouraged to attend research seminars around campus and develop as a researcher. They will be able to take classes at the university.

The Research Fellow will be involved in policy-relevant research broadly related to criminal justice reform. Current projects include estimating the effect of parental incarceration on later life outcomes for their children; evaluating the effects of prison and prison programs on rehabilitation and recidivism; and understanding the long-run effect of solitary confinement on inmate behavior and reintegration.

The ideal candidate will have previous independent research experience, either as a research assistant or in a thesis. They will have strong quantitative skills---including coursework in econometrics and causal inference---and will have extensive programming experience, ideally in Stata. The position is available immediately, with a term of one year, extendable to two.

Application process: Review of applications will be ongoing. Please send an email to Professor Norris ( with a single PDF containing:

1. A CV
2. An unofficial transcript
3. A short cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship; your prior work in Stata and other programming languages, including version control software; your research experience and interests; contact information for two references; and the date you are available to start work

A PDF of these instructions is available here.