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The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Center for Decision Research anticipates hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow for a period of one to two years, with a starting date of July 2007. The Postdoctoral Fellow will serve as research scientist funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, and will both work on research projects with faculty funded by the grant and manage the content for an online data collection and demonstration website for the Center (web programming skills are desirable, but not necessary).

The Center for Decision Research at University of Chicago includes a group of researchers interested in the study of judgment and decision making, social psychology, marketing, organizational behavior, and behavioral and experimental economics (Nicholas Epley, Ayelet Fishbach, Linda Ginzel, Reid Hastie, Chistopher Hsee, Aparna Labroo, Ann McGill, Tanya Menon, Suresh Ramanathan, Richard Thaler, Bernd Wittenbrink, and George Wu). The group runs weekly workshop and brownbag seminars. More information on the group and our activities is available at: www.chicagocdr.org.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise and interest in working with a faculty member sponsored by the grant in one of the following research areas, broadly defined: Nicholas Epley: mind-reading, perspective-taking, and social coordination Ayelet Fishbach: self-control and goal-pursuit Reid Hastie: group decision-making, improving decision-making among the elderly Christopher Hsee: the measurement, meaning, and determinants of happiness Tanya Menon: the influence of culture on social cognition and the creation of personal values Richard Thaler: behavioral economics, and how to increase personal savings rates George Wu: goal pursuit and the impact of goals on happiness and satisfaction

This position is open to candidates who have recently earned their Ph.D., or who are expecting their degree in 2006, in any area of psychology, organizational behavior, or marketing. Expertise in behavioral decision-making research and related areas in social and cognitive psychology is preferred to manage the content of the demonstration and data collection website. Web programming skills are helpful, but not necessary. We anticipate that managing the decision research website will be a half-time job, at most.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter describing their research interests. Applicants may also wish to detail experience relevant to the lab manager duties. Selection will be based largely on the applicant’s ability to work collaboratively on research with one or more of the Center for Decision Research faculty members. The applicant should indicate one or two faculty members with whom they would be most interested in working. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to:Nicholas Epley, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, 5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, epley at gsb dot uchicago dot edu, (773) 834-1266

Applicants are encouraged to apply via electronic mail. Questions concerning the position can be addressed by electronic mail to Nicholas Epley. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.