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: Systems Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 06.01.2017
  • Requisition Number: 102735

The Role

We are looking for an entry-level system analyst to implement and improve our IT systems. This person will analyze system requirements and address any relevant problems. The system analyst will also perform standard testing and provide solutions to ensure high levels of performance and security.

As a system analyst, you will be joining a team of engineers and developers who are passionate about new IT systems, software development and different programming languages. If you are also interested in discovering and implementing new features, we would like to meet you.

Ultimately, this person should be able to translate our internal and external clients’ needs into new high quality IT systems.

Crime Lab

  • 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.

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: 06.05.2017
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: 102508

The Role

Crime Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute to the scientific and intellectual leadership. 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 in addition to facilitating technical assistance work for government partners and strategic partners. The Research Director will report to Executive Director and work collaboratively with other researchers, staff, and partner agencies. The Research Director will contribute to the scientific content of research proposals, and will assist the ED and other faculty affiliates in supporting dissemination and policymaker outreach activities. The Research Director will also contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Crime Lab should take on. This position is based in Chicago, IL.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 06.06.2017
  • Requisition Number: 102510

The Role

The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking two 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 a variety of areas that span both criminal justice and education. 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 NYC-area universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistant.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Associate Director
  • Desired Start Date: 02.01.2017
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: 102515

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 Fellow
  • Desired Start Date: 06.05.2017
  • Reporting to: Scientific Director, Poverty Lab
  • Requisition Number: 102732

The Role

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow to build and lead a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on improving educational and labor market outcomes in urban areas. They will report to Poverty Lab Scientific Director Kelly Hallberg and work collaboratively with Marianne Bertrand, other researchers, staff and partner agencies. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for contributing to the scientific content of research proposals and will have the opportunity to author or co-author scientific articles. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Executive Director and other faculty affiliates in supporting dissemination and policymaker outreach activities, and will oversee the work of other research staff.

In addition, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will oversee an existing study of a school-based sports program operating in the Chicago Public Schools, and will be responsible for building the Poverty Lab’s partnership with the Office of Evaluation Sciences of the General Services Administration. Over time, they will have the opportunity to work remotely from Washington, DC, and oversee a portfolio of projects developed in partnership with OES.

The term of this position in 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to 24 additional months.

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 06.05.2017
  • Requisition Number: 102509

The Role

The UChicago Urban Labs is seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of poverty interventions. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, as well as a team of administrative staff, other project managers, research analysts, and student research assistants. The Research Manager will also collaborate closely with the UChicago Urban Labs’ partners in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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