Graphic Design & Video Production Assistant 

The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at Chicago Booth is looking for a highly skilled and motivated student from the University of Chicago to work as part-time Graphic Design & Video Production Assistant for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Graphic Design Assistant will work very closely with the Center's Communications Manager to produce and take the creative lead on all graphic design and video production tasks for the Center, its popular Capitalisn't podcast, and its academic yet accessible publication, ProMarket.

 

Students can be either undergraduates or graduate students across the University or any of its professional schools and do not need to have a professional or educational background in graphic design. Instead, we are looking for proven work samples and experience using graphic design, and the ability to apply it to strategic communication in audio, video, social media, and other channels. Our audience is wide: though much of the underlying work is academic, we speak broadly to members of the media, academia, business, students, and the public at large, especially with the intention of making political economy more accessible. Assistants should expect to work up to 10 hours a week, predominantly remotely, and will have access to the Center's office space and resources at Chicago Booth on the Hyde Park campus. Please note that the Assistant will be expected to have their own computer, though subscriptions to graphic design software will be provided as needed. The Assistant will be paid $20/hour.

 

Under the supervision of Communications Manager, responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

 

-Video production for the Center and its podcast, both short- and long-form; to be used for YouTube and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Reels, TikTok, and LinkedIn)

-Graphic design (banners, graphics) for the podcast, predominantly for social media. Some templates exist on our Canva profile, but some graphics will have to be created from scratch

-Graphic design production for the Center's event series. This may occasionally require interaction with graphic design resources available at Chicago Booth, which would provide an opportunity to work with full-time, experienced, and professional designers on tight turnaround times.

-Maintenance and upkeep of the Center's YouTube channel, including assisting with monitoring data analytics and uploading Center videos, including podcast episodes

-Choosing images for ProMarket articles (using Getty Images and other open source image and photography services)

-Assist with the creation of a coherent visual style/identity guide for the Stigler Center that gets used across all of the center's visualization/websites. 

Software expertise desired:

 

-Adobe InDesign & Photoshop

-Canva

-Microsoft PowerPoint

-iOS Garage Band (or other similar video editing and production software)

-Working with Zoom videos (mp3 files)

Note that the team uses Slack extensively to communicate internally, and the candidate will be required to be responsive via Slack. Also, note that there is some flexibility to work fewer hours near periods of UChicago final exams.

 

Interested candidates should send an updated resume, link to an online portfolio (if available, not a requirement), and up to 3 work samples to utsav.gandhi@chicagobooth.edu. No cover letters, please.

 

Resources to get familiar with:

 

-The Stigler Center's website and attached social media channels

-The Stigler Center's YouTube channel, including event videos and podcast uploads

-The Stigler Center's publication, promarket.org

-Style Guides as developed by Chicago Booth and its other Centers (accessible via Booth Intranet, and attached for the Rustandy Center as an example)

-Stigler Center's event series on the political economy of China; as an example of the events that the Center hosts

Research Professional

The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State is looking for highly skilled and motivated individuals to work as full-time Researchs Professionals starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. Research Professional works with the Stigler Center Faculty Director and other affiliated faculty to collect and manage data, maintain databases, conduct statistical analyses and provide other key research support associated with faculty research and teaching.

The ideal candidate will have (i) a strong quantitative background; (ii) strong computer skills including programming (R, Stata, Python preferred); (iii) the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work independently to solve problems; and (iv) experience creating reproducible, well-documented projects and managing advanced codebases strongly preferred.

Past Research Professionals have used a variety of techniques and tools to examine diverse questions. Examples of past tasks and projects include:

  1. Using air-dispersion modelling to assess individual-level health outcomes following exposure to emissions in Denmark.
  2. Using natural language processing tools to identify news publications’ editorial biases for pro-business policies and political candidates.
  3. Investigating the influence of shareholder proposals and proxy statements on corporate annual reports to shareholders and how executive compensation is structured to reflect the objectives espoused in those letters.

If interested in applying, please complete BOTH:

  1. Online survey
  2. Formal application

Requisition Number: JR18480 

The Booth School of Business is a member of the Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) consortium of universities and research institutions that aims to foster a talented, diverse, and inclusive population in the quantitative social sciences. To learn more and explore other post-baccalaureate research positions, please visit PREDOC.

Deputy Managing Editor

The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State seeks a deputy managing editor to produce its highly regarded, academic yet accessible publication. The publication, called ProMarket, seeks to foster academic discussion on topics of political economy by commissioning, editing and publishing a variety of contributors from economics, law, policy and journalism. In addition to fostering these discussions, ProMarket bridges the gap between traditional academic journals and mainstream news outlets by making research more accessible to policymakers, journalists and students.

This position offers an opportunity to work with a network of highly regarded academic contributors including nobel laureates, government officials and expert researchers, and to be involved in content strategy at a renowned university research center.

ProMarket publishes 3-5 articles per week, produces a weekly newsletter, contributes to the bi-monthly Capitalisn’t podcast and is involved in the creation and participation of Stigler Center conferences and events. The deputy managing editor will have opportunities to be involved in all aspects of the publication, the research center and the university more broadly.

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Research Assistant 

Research assistants’ work varies greatly depending on the project, but may include data entry and library searches, data management and statistical estimations, helping set up online surveys or computer studies, or summarizing information from sources in languages other than English. Projects may be short-term or long-term, and some projects may require special skills, while others may be suitable for those without prior research experience. (Note: you must be a current University of Chicago student for this position.)

The Stigler Center seeks University of Chicago student RA support with varying volume and frequency throughout the year. After an applicant submits an RA application form, they will be added to an active directory of students interested in serving as Stigler Center research assistants. Our team will reach out to suitable candidates for projects as they become available.

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