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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Early Childhood Education Policy

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University is looking for a full-time postdoctoral trainee to join their interdisciplinary team starting in Summer/Fall 2022. The position will directly report to Drs. Diane Schanzenbach (Director of IPR, Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy) and Terri Sabol (Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Policy). The postdoctoral trainee will have the opportunity to collaborate on a mixed-methods study that is examining the effects of the roll-out of the universal Chicago Pre-K. The study involves both primary data collection (e.g., interviews with stakeholders) and large-scale secondary data analysis. The researcher will be responsible for a wide range of research-related tasks that may include:
  • Communication and collaboration with city partners and agencies
  • Data management
  • Study design and implementation
  • Data analysis
  • Research support
  • Oversight of research assistants
  • Assistance with grant writing and management


A successful candidate should have:
  • PhD in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, Human Development, Psychology, Social Work or related field
  • strong analytic, writing, and communication skills
  • experience in data management and mixed methods data analysis
  • interest in education policy and/or early childhood education.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and names of 3 references to Terri Sabol,

The position will be a one-year appointment with renewal for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. The review of applications will begin April 2022 and continue until the position is filled.