Career Opportunities

Urban Labs staff have a strong commitment to using science in service of cities struggling with difficult urban challenges. We regularly seek out passionate, data-oriented, public service minded individuals to help us improve the quality of urban life in cities across the nation and world.

Current Opportunities

Urban Labs

  • Job Title: Talent Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 05.01.2017
  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Requisition Number: 102429

The Role

The Talent Manager will manage all human capital activities including recruitment, hiring, compensation, performance management, and employee relations for the UChicago Urban Labs, and will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

  • Job Title: Data Acquisitions Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 04.10.2017
  • Reporting to: Data Acquisitions Manager
  • Requisition Number: 102219

The Role

The University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking a Data Acquisitions Associate to support data acquisitions, permissions and access, usage, and compliance. This person will work with Urban Labs staff in processing data requests for research projects, and with external partners to coordinate communication regarding data sharing agreements. This individual will also be responsible for ongoing documentation, data archiving, and reinforcing policies and procedures.

Crime Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 11.01.2016
  • Reporting to: Data and Analytics Manager
  • Requisition Number: 101618

The Role

The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking three Research Analysts with strong technical skills to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of youth violence prevention and educational interventions. Each Analyst will work on a portfolio of projects across the areas of gun violence prevention, education and youth development, mentoring, and street outreach.

The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers, at the University of Chicago and NYC-area universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistant.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 05.01.2017
  • Requisition Number: 102428

The Role

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. This person will work on a portfolio of projects designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising interventions.

This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and government agency staff, as well as an experienced team of data scientists, administrative staff, and project managers from the Chicago office.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Associate Director
  • Desired Start Date: 02.01.2017
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: 102047

The Role

The Crime Lab New York team is seeking an Associate Director who will support the Executive Director to execute strategic priorities, identify and resolve obstacles, secure fundraising for research activities, communicate with internal and external stakeholders, and build relationships with new and existing partners. The Associate Director will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with research staff in New York and Chicago.

Energy & Environment Lab

  • Job Title: Research Intern (New Delhi, India)
  • Desired Start Date: 05.01.2017
  • Reporting to: Ramya Teeparthi, Research Manager

The Role

The Energy and Environment Lab is seeking a research intern based in Delhi to support the social policy research projects designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising energy and environmental interventions. In specific, the research intern will work on the three winning projects of the Tata Centre-sponsored Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi.

Primary responsibilities include:


  • Travel to program sites to monitor and assess implementation and study fidelity

  • Conducts and manages the data collection and initial analysis to evaluate program progress

  • Develops and disseminates necessary project materials to research team to inform all members of project activity

  • Support research manager on preparing memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic researchers

  • Assists with the coordination of research activities, communications with partner agencies, and managing project deliverables

  • Supports the research manager in maintaining strong relationships with researchers, participating partner organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and other relevant stakeholders

The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading policy makers, and practitioners in the energy and environment community, and policy researchers at the University of Chicago. The position will be full-time, and is available to start from May, 2017. Our office is located at DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, 110001.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 02.01.2017
  • Requisition Number: 101935

The Role

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a Research Analyst with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support social policy research projects. The Research Analyst will have the opportunity to apply tools and approaches from methodologies in both traditional econometrics and modern data science to original projects impacting homelessness, financial empowerment, and workforce development. In addition to supporting field-based randomized controlled trials, the Research Analyst will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data-driven technical assistance to governmental and non-profit partners.

The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. From project inception to delivery, the Research Analyst will contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office.

  • Job Title: Project Director
  • Desired Start Date: 03.27.2017
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: 102205

The Project

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab was recently awarded a four-year grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to support an ambitious project aimed at addressing the needs of more than 50,000 young people who are not engaged in school or work. The Poverty Lab will partner with City and State agencies to bring together data that can illuminate the needs of these young people, and will partner with Thrive Chicago, the Department of Family and Support Services, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, and others to design and test programs and policies that can support this diverse group of young people.

The Role

The Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Project Director to lead the complex, multi-year project described above. The Project Director will:

• Develop a workplan for the project that sets intermediate deadlines, and identifies key miletones and critical interdependencies between workstreams;

• Establish a governance structure that secures input from key stakeholders on the overall direction of the project;

• Build strategic partnerships with government agencies and non-profit organizations to successfully execute the project, securing permissions and data access as necessary;

• Coordinate with the Executive Director to identify staff resources for the project;

• Manage research staff responsible for conducting the analyses and evaluations described above;

• Support the Executive Director in securing additional funding for the project; and

• Ensure that all grant milestones are achieved.

The Project Director will report to the Executive Director of the Poverty Lab, Carmelo Barbaro, and will work closely with the Research Director and Faculty Director of the Poverty Lab.

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