Postdoctoral Fellow, John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Internal Number: 46802
Department: John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises
The John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow to develop and co-lead research projects relevant to family businesses, broadly defined, corporate governance or entrepreneurship. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work closely with the Center’s Faculty Director (Carola Frydman, Professor of Finance), faculty affiliated with the Ward Center and pre-doctoral research assistants, and will collaborate with other Kellogg and Northwestern faculty members.
The Fellow will provide intellectual leadership and management for analytical work. This includes producing research articles, developing data projects, supporting research dissemination, and developing and participating in conferences and seminars.
The Fellowship does allow for time for work on independent research within work hours, and it therefore provides an opportunity for further developing an independent research portfolio.
The position also offers opportunities for co-authorship on publications. The Fellow will be encouraged to develop collaborative relationships with faculty at the Kellogg School of Management and other relevant departments around campus to foster the development of the Fellow’s academic career in a supportive, engaging, and diverse environment.
Responsibilities Responsibilities will include developing research ideas and leading design of new research projects; contribute to strategic decisions about new initiatives; supporting ongoing research activities, including data collection and analysis; assisting in the management of ongoing research efforts, including the selection of key research personnel, such as research assistants; co-authoring research articles, progress reports and white papers; producing data of interest to practitioners and families; presenting research findings at academic meetings and conferences, and to members of family enterprises; and supporting the organization of academic conferences.
The Fellow is expected to regularly attend Kellogg research seminars consistent with their academic background and interest and will have access to the broader intellectual community and activities of the Ward Center. These activities will help develop a practical understanding of corporate governance and entrepreneurship from the perspective of family enterprises.
Education Ph.D. in economics, finance, strategy, management, or related fields. Applicants mut have completed the requirements for their Ph.D. before starting the Post-doctoral Fellowship.
Desired competencies Track record for excellence in research Curiosity about the challenges and opportunities for family enterprises Familiarity with the corporate governance or entrepreneurship literatures Strong analytical skills Experience creating and analyzing large data sets Ideal but not required: experience or interest with design and collection of survey data
Application process Interested applicants will be asked to submit (1) a current CV, (2) a job market paper, and (3) a cover letter that provides a brief description of interest in the position, outlines areas of corporate governance and entrepreneurship that are of interest, and, if at all, describes how research interests may be relevant to family enterprises. Applicants will be also asked to provide three letters of recommendation.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The position has flexible starting dates from July to September of 2023. It is slated to last one year with opportunity for renewal for up to two more years.
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