Chicago Booth School of Business

Principal Researcher, Center for Decision Research

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Job Summary

This Principal Researcher position is designed to support a talented behavioral scientist in generating significant research contributions to behavioral science disciplines (e.g., psychology, economics). The primary responsibilities for the Principal Researcher will be to conduct this research both independently and in collaboration with Booth Faculty in the Center for Decision Research (CDR), with particular encouragement to advance high quality, cutting-edge empirical research. Accordingly, demonstrate an outstanding capacity to generate original research questions and implement studies to investigate those questions and manage outreach activities for CDR Labs, which is responsible for the center’s core data collection facilities and services.

This position is anticipated to last two years.


  • Participates in study design, data acquisition and analysis, manuscript development, and presentation/publication of results.  
  • Obtains and organizes information for collaborative research from other academic institutions and practitioners.
  • Manages outreach research activities for CDR Labs, including oversight of participant recruiting, study solicitation, and communication with organization partners.
  • In participation with participating researchers and organizational partners, collaborates on the development of infrastructure to support rigor and efficiency in data collection, and training of participating personnel.
  • Maintains effective communication with all members of the faculty, outside researchers, and other users of CDR Labs services.
  • 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


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 2021) in psychology, economics, or other behavioral science discipline.


  • Working background in conducting field, computer, web-based, and interpersonal interaction-based experiments.

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with methods of experimentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement creative and innovative programming and events for public-facing institution.
  • 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.
  • Desire and enthusiasm to interface with the general public and serve as ambassador for the CDR.
  • Work independently with little supervision; possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter, describing research interests and describing why they are well qualified for this position (required)
  • Two letters of recommendation (required)

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

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