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: Data Liaison
  • Desired Start Date: 10.01.2016
  • Reporting to: Data Acquisitions Manager

The Role

The Data Liaison will work with staff at the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on behalf of the Urban Labs facilitating the provision of CPD data in support of Urban Labs research projects. This person will be an employee of the University of Chicago Urban Labs and will report to the Data Acquisitions Manager, but will work primarily at the CPD Headquarters, and will have an onsite supervisor at CPD.

Crime Lab

  • Job Title: LAPD Crime Analyst Internship (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Desired Start Date: 07.01.2016

The Role

Crime analysis data analyst will perform proof of concept work for an enterprise wide data hub for the police department. The proof of concept includes work on Cloud solution systems for OLAP. The analyst will  understand and help implement the technical solutions for extracting and ingesting data to cloud platform, building dimensional models for the data warehouse, identifying and implementing solutions for data quality, data profiling, meta data management and search. Furthermore, the analyst will apply his/her knowledge on data solution optimization, report design, performance measurement and data visualization solutions for a successful completion of the proof of concepts.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 09.01.2016
  • Requisition Number: 101145

The Role

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking three Project Associates with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. Each Project Associate 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 a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office.

  • 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: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 11.01.2016
  • Requisition Number: 101651

The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking a Research Manager to work on developing and implementing a data-driven system for the Chicago Police Department to identify officers that display behavioral patterns that are associated with adverse events and misconduct.

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

  • Job Title: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Data Science Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities supporting analytics and data infrastructure projects under the supervision of the research staff, drawing on fields including machine learning, database management, and natural language processing. Data Science Research Assistants will make substantive analytical and coding contributions to projects in multiple areas of Urban Labs study. Common tasks include data management, probabilistic record linkage, training and testing predictive models, and data visualization. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how data science can impact policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: 12.01.2016
  • Requisition Number: 101622

The Role

Crime Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director in Chicago or New York City 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.

  • Job Title: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.01.2017

The Role

The data science research assistant intern will be working under the guidance of the research staff on building, implementing, and evaluating predictive models. Day to day work will consist of collecting and organizing different datasets, deriving summary statistics of those datasets, and helping to implement machine learning models. The intern will explore existing social policies to guide the research efforts, and may work on preparation of work products for dissemination (report formatting and writing). This is a great opportunity to see how predictive analytics impact public policy, to gain a deeper understating of policy research, and to develop research skills. The intern will work out of our New York office at 291 Broadway, New York, NY 10011.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.01.2017

The Role

Crime Lab New York is seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing.  Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 291 Broadway, New York, NY 10011.

  • 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.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 06.01.2017
  • Reporting to: Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: 101801

The Crime Lab New York team is seeking a full-time Project Associate with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. The Project Associate will work on a portfolio of projects designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising interventions.

The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at NYU, Columbia, the University of Chicago and other universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of research directors and research managers.

Education Lab

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 09.01.2016
  • Requisition Number: 101145

The Role

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking three Project Associates with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. Each Project Associate 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 a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office.

  • Job Title: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Data Science Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities supporting analytics and data infrastructure projects under the supervision of the research staff, drawing on fields including machine learning, database management, and natural language processing. Data Science Research Assistants will make substantive analytical and coding contributions to projects in multiple areas of Urban Labs study. Common tasks include data management, probabilistic record linkage, training and testing predictive models, and data visualization. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how data science can impact policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Energy & Environment Lab

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 10.01.2016
  • Requisition Number: 101323

The Role

The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab is seeking a Research Manager to focus in applied policy research. The Research Manager will have the opportunity to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising energy and environmental 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 research analysts, and student research assistants.

The Research Manager will have the opportunity to gain substantive experience contributing to the design, implementation and analysis of complex social science research experiments with direct applicability for policymakers. The research specialist will work closely with U.S. government agencies, municipal government, Energy and Environment Lab staff and senior researchers to develop rigorous approaches to both study design and execution.

The Research Manager will, with limited direction, support the Lab’s research projects as needed.

  • Job Title: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Data Science Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities supporting analytics and data infrastructure projects under the supervision of the research staff, drawing on fields including machine learning, database management, and natural language processing. Data Science Research Assistants will make substantive analytical and coding contributions to projects in multiple areas of Urban Labs study. Common tasks include data management, probabilistic record linkage, training and testing predictive models, and data visualization. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how data science can impact policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Research Fellow
  • Desired Start Date: 02.01.2017

The Role

The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab is seeking a Research Fellow with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to sit in Washington D.C. at the office of a U.S. government federal agency partner and support a number of social policy research projects that we are working on in partnership with them. The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to apply tools and approaches from methodologies in both traditional econometrics and modern data science to research projects that are expected to improve environmental outcomes. In addition to supporting field-based randomized controlled trials, the Research Fellow will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data-driven technical assistance to the Federal agency.

The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling and data science approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. This position requires an individual who is able to work effectively as a part of both research and government agency 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 in Washington DC and across the country, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants.

The Fellowship will provide an outstanding opportunity to gain a rich understanding of energy and environmental policy while developing the analytic toolkit needed to conduct rigorous policy research. Importantly, high-performing Fellows will have the opportunity to apply for a full-time position with the Energy and Environment Lab following the completion of the summer fellowship.

The Fellowship will be a full-time position beginning ASAP, or at the Fellow’s earliest convenience. The Fellow will spend the first two weeks based in Chicago at the Urban Labs office located at 33 N. LaSalle. And, the rest of the time will be based in Washington D.C. in the office of our Federal agency partner.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Data Science Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities supporting analytics and data infrastructure projects under the supervision of the research staff, drawing on fields including machine learning, database management, and natural language processing. Data Science Research Assistants will make substantive analytical and coding contributions to projects in multiple areas of Urban Labs study. Common tasks include data management, probabilistic record linkage, training and testing predictive models, and data visualization. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how data science can impact policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: 12.01.2016
  • Reporting to: Executive Director of the Poverty Lab
  • Requisition Number: 101550

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute to the scientific and intellectual leadership for the Poverty 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. The Research Director will report to the Executive Director, but will work closely with Marianne Bertrand and other researchers, staff, and partner agencies. The Research Director will contribute to the scientific content of research proposals, and will assist the ED in supporting dissemination and policymaker outreach activities. The Research Director will also contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Poverty Lab should take on.

  • 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 Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 02.01.2017
  • Requisition Number: 101938

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: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Data Science Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities supporting analytics and data infrastructure projects under the supervision of the research staff, drawing on fields including machine learning, database management, and natural language processing. Data Science Research Assistants will make substantive analytical and coding contributions to projects in multiple areas of Urban Labs study. Common tasks include data management, probabilistic record linkage, training and testing predictive models, and data visualization. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how data science can impact policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

  • Job Title: Summer Research Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 06.12.2017

The University of Chicago Urban Labs are seeking undergraduate and graduate summer Research Assistants to assist with a range of activities including literature reviews, data entry, reviewing and cleaning data, statistical analysis, and report writing, formatting, and editing. Research Assistants may also perform other duties as assigned. This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 40 hours per week for 10-weeks. Our office is located at 33 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602.

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