Postdoc Research


Wharton Risk Mgmt and Decision Processes


Philadelphia, PA


Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

Postdoctoral Research Positions in Insurance, Risk Management and Behavioral Decision Making

Academic Year 2019-2020

The Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for one or two postdoctoral research positions. The Center seeks applicants with expertise in economic analysis of natural hazards, man-made risks, climate change adaptation, and building resilience of households and communities to extreme events. We seek applicants with background in empirical economics, risk analysis, insurance markets, and/or decision-making. Postdoctoral fellows must have received their PhD in the last two years. Appointments are for two years, subject to a year 1 review. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to spend part of their time on Center projects under the direction of Center director(s) and part of their time on their own research.

Location: Philadelphia, PA – USA
Starting date: Summer 2019
Length: 1-2 years (based on year 1 evaluation)

How to apply: Please email your C.V., 1 or 2 representative publications or working papers and 2 letters of recommendation to Dana Allison ( Please reference "Postdoc Research" in the subject field. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (expected completion by the summer of 2019 is acceptable) from an accredited institution. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We plan to undertake first-round interviews in early January either via video-conference or at the ASSA meetings. For full consideration, please submit all materials by mid-December.

About the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
For three decades, the Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of basic and applied research to promote effective corporate and public policies for low probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences. Building on the disciplines of economics, finance, insurance, marketing, psychology and decision sciences, the Center supports and undertakes field and experimental studies of risk and uncertainty to better understand the linkage between descriptive and prescriptive approaches under various regulatory and market conditions. The Center now includes 70 faculty, research fellows and visiting scholars from all over the world to undertake large-scale initiatives. Providing expertise and a neutral environment for discussion, the Center team is also concerned with training decision makers and promoting a dialogue among industry, governments, interest groups and academics through its research and policy publications and through sponsored seminars and forums. For more information, visit

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Women, minority candidates, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Name

Dana Allison

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