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Research Professional | Jonathan Dingel, Felix Tintelnot at UChicago BFI

Location: Chicago, IL – Hyde Park Campus, Saieh Hall
Expected Start Date: July 2023
Job Summary:
The Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) is seeking a Research Professional (RP) to work on new and ongoing research projects in international trade, urban, and spatial economics. The RP will work under the guidance of Professors Jonathan Dingel and Felix Tintelot and will be reporting directly to them. 

Professor Dingel's work can be found at His research focuses on the spatial distribution of economic activities across neighborhoods, cities, and countries. The RP’s work with Professor Dingel will involve all aspects of the research process from initial processing and organizing of large datasets, to helping formulate and run analyses on the University’s high-powered computing cluster, to producing tables and figures for non-technical summaries of the work.

Professor Tintelnot’s recent work can be found at and includes contributions in international trade, multinational production, and economic geography. The RP’s work will likely focus on projects that develop new research methods for making predictions in quantitative spatial models. The RP may work on all aspects of the research process from initial processing and organizing of large datasets, theoretical modeling, computation, and helping to produce research notes to summarize the findings. 

This position will be most desirable to candidates considering or planning to apply for graduate school during the second year of their RP role. Previous research assistants supervised by Dingel or Tintelnot have attended PhD programs at Berkeley, Chicago, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, and similar schools.

In addition to the frequent interaction with Professors Dingel and Tintelnot, the RP will benefit from interacting with other peers as part of the large BFI Predoctoral Research in Economics Program (PREP). As a member of the Chicago academic community, the RP will be able to take advantage of a rich set of academic, professional, and social programing and can attend seminars and workshops. To learn more about what the BFI environment has to offer, please visit:

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, computer science, statistics, or a related field.
  • Relevant research experience, especially with data, preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of Stata, Python, Matlab, Julia, or R required.
  • Knowledge of LaTeX preferred.
Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter (include earliest available start date)
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • Transcript (unofficial is ok)

About the Unit:
 The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School. For more information visit and 

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