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Postdoctoral Research Associate in International Development

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in International Development. The position offers the opportunity to join a vibrant community of applied researchers with a strong record of publication and policy impact.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in the research activities of The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity. For over 10 years, the Ford Family Program has been dedicated to research, teaching, and service that promotes integral human development, a holistic model of flourishing rooted in each person's human dignity and full potential. With the goal of understanding the challenges and aspirations of people living in extreme poverty around the developing world, the Program conducts and supports research that grows out of engagement with local communities. Ford Program research initiatives, which are conducted both with a variety of University of Notre Dame faculty and with local partners, have been centered primarily in East Africa, but more recently its research has extended into other parts of the world.

The Ford Program is situated within the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which has for over 40 years been a leading center for interdisciplinary research and programming on issues of democracy and human development. The Kellogg Institute is one of the principal constitutive units of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Oriented toward research, teaching, and service dedicated to the advancement of integral human development, the Keough School promotes interdisciplinary research on critical issues in global affairs, offers a professional master’s degree and undergraduate degrees, and supports doctoral programs.

This is a growth opportunity position for someone who wishes to develop additional academic and quantitative and interdisciplinary research skills which could help with preparation for a range of career options, including higher education teaching positions, careers in government service or policy-making, or service in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or development organizations.

The target start date for the position is Summer 2023, with some flexibility on the exact start date. Successful performance in this role is required for continuing and annual renewal. Salary is highly competitive and based on qualifications and experience.

The position is open to a candidate who has recently earned a Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy (or other quantitative interdisciplinary program relevant to development). Command of applied econometrics methods is expected (e.g., quasi-experimental methods, RCTs, administrative data, survey methods, etc.,) and so are written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate is attentive to details and who values rigor.

The successful candidate will produce empirical economic research to inform policymaking in low- and middle-income countries, with an aim to publish in high-impact academic journals (general interest and/or development). Teaching in this position is optional.

Interviews via Zoom will begin in late-February 2023 and will continue until the deadline for submissions on March 31, 2023. This position is eligible for visa sponsorship.

Application Instructions
Please submit a complete application that includes:

  1. a current curriculum vitae;
  2. an academic paper as an example of writing skills;
  3. a short research statement, explaining the applicant’s research agenda; and
  4. three letters of recommendation.

An optional cover letter may also be submitted.

Please apply through Interfolio. Questions may be directed to Professor Patrizio Piraino (, Director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.

Job Opening: 02/14/2023
Job Closing:  03/31/2023