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.

  • Job Title: Data Acquisitions Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 03.06.2017

The Role

Urban Labs is seeking a Research Assistant to:

• Develop new intake forms and informational materials to coordinate the process for requesting new data agreements

• Launch dynamic workflow processing tools through a new intranet site, and help train staff on how to use the new resources

• Produce an inventory of our data holdings and work with researchers to document key features of the data sets

• Track staff completion of mandatory CITI and HIPAA training sessions and ensure newly hired staff complete training on a timely basis

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: Summer Data Science Internship
  • Desired Start Date: 06.05.2017

The Role

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: 06.05.2017

The Role

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: Executive Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: 04.03.2017
  • Requisition Number: 102267

The Role

The University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking a full time Executive Assistant to perform diverse administrative duties for the Executive Director. This person will also support office administration and serve as the liaison for internal and external partners. The Executive Assistant must enjoy working within a small entrepreneurial environment. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, have strong verbal and written communication skills, be able to balance multiple priorities and manage tight deadlines, and have demonstrated success working independently on projects.

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 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. 

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.

  • 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 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: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 03.06.2017
  • Requisition Number: 102147

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.

  • 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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