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: Director of Development
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103773

Lead and manage the creation and implementation of a strategy for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and gift closure of the priority individual major and principal gift prospects in collaboration with Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) staff and leadership, Mansueto Institute leadership and partners, Urban Labs leadership, and other University partners. Collaborate with staff managing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and gift closure of corporate and foundation prospective donors. Conceptualize, prepare and present proposals for support for Mansueto, Urban Labs, and related initiatives. Build and manage a portfolio of 50-100 individual and organization gift prospects. Manage and assist in 24+ solicitations per year. Monitor progress against goals ensuring deadlines are met.

Build relationships with prospective donors and University leaders and partners through visits, events, correspondence and regular calls. Support fundraising events for Mansueto and Urban Labs to ensure ROI on events. Solicit gifts and negotiate gift discussions and agreements. Work with the Mansueto leadership, Urban Labs leadership, any governing bodies, ARD staff, faculty, philanthropists and other partners to create comprehensive, multi-year strategic advancement plans for the Mansueto Institute and its partners. Direct the implementation of the plans to meet annual and long-term goals. Use programmatic components to engage potential donors and create opportunities for donor support. Conceptualize communications and outreach activities to promote, cultivate and recognize top donors. Direct, monitor and evaluate the implementation of comprehensive Mansueto Institute fundraising communications. Serve as a key spokesperson for the Mansueto Institute as needed.

  • Job Title: System Administrator
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103867

The University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking for a System Administrator to join our service-oriented and forward-thinking information technology department. The candidate will build relationships and work with researchers and administrative staff across all Urban Lab offices to monitor and attend to technology needs, and to configure solutions that meet technology as assigned by the IT Director. This person will also be responsible for all activities and support related to the day-to-day operations of Urban Labs, servers, desktops, and related hardware and software components.

  • Job Title: Data Liaison
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103584

The Data Liaison works with staff at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on behalf of the Urban Labs, the Consortium, and Chapin Hall, facilitating the provision of CPS data in support of their research projects.

  • Job Title: Data Management Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103973

The University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking a Data Management Associate to support the internal operations related to data acquisitions, management, stewardship 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 and recordkeeping related to data maintained by Urban Labs, and reinforcing policies and procedures.

Crime Lab

  • Job Title: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Faculty Director & Faculty Affiliate
  • Requisition Number: 103148

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a Data Scientist to work on social science research projects designed to test the effectiveness of predictive models. 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, research managers, analysts, and student research assistants.

  • Job Title: Embedded Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Research Director
  • Requisition Number: 103087

The Role

The UChicago Crime Lab is seeking embedded Research Analysts with strong technical and communication skills to work in close partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on a project to enhance CPD’s use of data to improve public safety. Each Analyst will be embedded in a division of CPD and assist command staff by analyzing crime patterns and trends, preparing briefing materials, and training officers on the use of tools and systems. Working as part of a larger Crime Lab team, the Analysts will enable CPD to utilize the data at its disposal to make better-informed decisions that meet the needs of the communities they serve.

The successful candidate will have experience analyzing data and presenting findings, must demonstrate a willingness to work alongside and assist officers, and is able to work well both independently and as part of a larger team. This position offers the opportunity to work directly on addressing a pressing social policy issue in close collaboration with academic and subject matter experts.

The Research Analyst position is a one-year assignment, though there may be an opportunity to extend it subject to funding and project needs.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103842

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.

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: 102508

The Role

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute to the scientific and intellectual leadership for the Crime Lab. In this role the Research Director will help to manage and mentor research and project staff, providing scientific direction and ensuring the rigor and quality of all work. The Research Director would also be expected to direct a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on reducing crime and violence and improving life outcomes for disadvantaged youth.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Executive Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 104072

The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Crime Lab New York office including staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will report to the Crime Lab's current Chicago-based Executive Director and work collaboratively with research directors, external partners and Crime Lab staff in both Chicago and New York.

The ED will be thoroughly committed to the mission of the Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab, and have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Energy & Environment Lab

  • Job Title: Research Fellowship
  • Desired Start Date: 01.01.2018

The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab invites applications for full-time research fellows who will be located in Denver, Colorado to support a number of environmental policy research projects. An interdisciplinary research and training center, The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab focuses on identifying and testing ways to solve the world's most urgent energy and environmental challenges through cost effective and scalable programs or policies. Its goal is to assemble a portfolio of knowledge (using a variety of empirical methods ranging from "big data" tools to randomized controlled trials) to generate new evidence about what works, for whom, and why, and to conduct benefit-cost analyses of different interventions to enable policymakers to prioritize resources for the combination of strategies that achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent.

To apply, please send your resume, transcript, and a writing sample to epic.predoctoralfellowship@gmail.com.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 104141

The University of Chicago Energy & Environment 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 evaluate the effectiveness and impact of promising energy and environmental 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.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Field Study Research Assistant (Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking Research Assistants to help with study recruitment and data collection for our evaluation of the Supportive Release Center (SRC). The SRC is a facility a few blocks from the Cook County Jail that provides persons who are suffering from mental illness, substance use issues, or other vulnerabilities with a place to stay overnight upon discharge. Care coordinators at the SRC meet with participants to conduct needs screenings and create linkages to appropriate services in the community. The Health Lab is evaluating the SRC via a randomized controlled trial (RCT), the gold-standard in research.

Research Assistants will work with our nonprofit partner, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) in the discharge area of the Cook County Jail to recruit participants for the SRC intervention and study. This is a temporary position for the Academic Year and is part-time for approximately 17-19 hours per week.

To apply, please send your application to the email listed in the job description.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103770

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 Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 07.17.2017
  • Reporting to: Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: 103086

The Role:

The University of Chicago Poverty 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 poverty 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 a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office.

  • Job Title: Research Assistant (Temporary)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103979

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is hiring Research Assistants to assist with data collection for our evaluation of Urban Initiatives Work to Play program. These data will be used to help us better understand how participation in structured sports programs impact children's early learning and development. Observations will take place in Chicago Public Schools across the city.

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