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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity – Medill Spiegel Research Center

The Medill Spiegel Research Center (SRC) is part of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The mission of The Center is to undertake evidence-based, data-driven, quantitative analysis to understand the relationship between customer engagement and financial outcomes. The Center’s research includes assessing the financial impact of consumer engagement behaviors relative to social media, mobile devices, customer reviews and ratings, loyalty programs, multi-vendor shopping platforms, and more. 

The Center continues to work closely with the Northwestern Medill Local News Initiative and Google to understand behaviors associated with the consumption of local news, including digital subscriptions. We are currently launching new research initiatives in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) and Retail, having recently joined forces with Medill’s Retail Analytics Council. 

The Center is looking for a highly skilled researcher capable of working on a breadth of research projects in a collaborative environment, with the goal of producing original, meaningful, and impactful research in the field of customer engagement. The ideal candidate has strong analytical, quantitative, and communications skills. Experience with statistical tools (e.g., R, Python, SPSS, SAS, Stata) is critical. Candidates will have the opportunity both to collaborate on scholarly papers in top-tier academic publications and work with industry partners on applied research projects. Previous postdoctoral fellows have moved into tenure-line positions at R1 universities, as well as industry roles. 

The fellow will work closely with Edward Malthouse, Erastus Otis Haven Professor and Research Director of the Medill Spiegel Research Center, and Larry DeGaris, Executive Director of the Medill Spiegel Research Center. Professor Malthouse is a highly regarded scholar with extensive publications who has served as the SRC Research Director since its inception. Larry DeGaris has conducted more than one hundred industry sponsored research projects with a primary focus on measuring the effectiveness of sponsorship-linked integrated marketing programs. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to work with Medill, Northwestern, and Center-affiliated researchers. 


  • PhD in Marketing, Communications, or a related field 
  • Ability to present research findings to both academic and practitioner audiences 
  • Strong collaboration skills 
  • Conversant with leading statistical packages 
  • Passionate about quantitative research 
  • Strong communications skills (written and verbal) 
  • Team player 

Compensation and Term: $60,000 per year plus a full benefits package. Some funding for conference travel may be available. Position is available immediately, with a minimum of one-year commitment, with a mutually-agreed option for two years total. 

Interested candidates should email Larry DeGaris, Executive Director of the Medill Spiegel Research Center. Applications should include a CV, cover letter, and list of references. 

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.