Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the University of Chicago Urban Labs! Urban Labs has a strong commitment to using science in service of cities to improve the quality of urban life. We regularly seek out passionate, data-oriented, public service minded individuals to join our team.

For more information on Urban Labs' career opportunities, culture and recruiting process, please see the frequently asked question section below.

Current Opportunities

Energy & Environment Lab

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

The University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab is seeking Summer Research Assistants (RAs) with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support large-scale environmental policy research projects. The RAs will work on a portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data, utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods to provide government partners with guidance on key policy questions.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR10101

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Project Associate to work on large-scale data and research amalgamation to support the development of effective social policy interventions. The role will primarily focus on supporting an ongoing foundational research project called TRANSFORM911 (T911).

T911 is an eighteen-month research study led by the University of Chicago Health Lab that aims to create a community of practice and national dialogue around 911, launch a comprehensive T911 website and produce interactive reports and recommendations to improve dispatch services. Particular focus areas within the work include bias elimination in dispatch, alternative crisis response and 911-related technology. The project is part of a larger 911 Analytics portfolio of work at Health Lab.

This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of a small research team simultaneously running a variety of data and research collection endeavors as well as facilitating communication between stakeholders in the 911 field. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, partnering research, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and advocates, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants.

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR10103

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale data and research amalgamation to support the development of effective social policy interventions. The role will primarily focus on supporting an ongoing foundational research project called TRANSFORM911 (T911).

T911 is an eighteen-month research study led by the University of Chicago Health Lab that aims to create a community of practice and national dialogue around 911, launch a comprehensive T911 website and produce interactive reports and recommendations to improve dispatch services. Particular focus areas within the work include bias elimination in dispatch, alternative crisis response and 911-related technology. The project is part of a larger 911 Analytics portfolio of work at Health Lab.

This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of a small research team simultaneously running a variety of data and research collection endeavors as well as facilitating communication between stakeholders in the 911 field. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, partnering research, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and advocates, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, 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: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR09608

The job participates in scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

Inclusive Economy Lab

  • Job Title: Lead Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 02.02.2021
  • Requisition Number: JR09597

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: 02.02.2021
  • Requisition Number: JR09839

The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to provide scientific and intellectual leadership for the Inclusive Economy Lab. The Research Director, in partnership with senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, will provide scientific direction for a portfolio of applied research projects and ensure the rigor and quality of the Lab's work.

FAQs

For our three most common research roles--Project Associate, Research Manager, and Research Analyst--please refer to the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Project Associates support large-scale social policy research projects designed to test the effectiveness of promising interventions by supporting a Research Manager or Research Analyst.
  • Research Managers work directly with leading social science researchers, local policymakers, frontline practitioners, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and administrative staff to implement ambitious field experiments.
  • Research Analysts apply a variety of statistical modeling and data techniques to datasets in real-world settings, and contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, analysis, and interpretation of results.

Urban Labs also hires for other positions in research, IT, and operations. We encourage you to view opportunities below.

You may be asked to submit multiple documents, including a Cover Letter, Writing Sample, and Unofficial Transcripts from the highest degree program received. Please see the job description for the exact documents required for that job. All materials should be submitted to the Workday system. Refer to the job requisition number on the job description to apply to the correct position.

All of our positions require a cover letter. In the cover letter, we encourage you to elaborate on your relevant achievements and describe your interest in the position.

We appreciate your interest in Urban Labs and look forward to reviewing your application. Due to the high-volume of applications that we receive, although we try, we may not be able to respond to all individual inquires.

Urban Labs employees are committed to creating a collaborative, high energy office that is open and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds and life experiences, and prioritize developing a workforce that is as diverse as the city in which we work.

While we are affiliated with the University of Chicago, we are not located in Hyde Park. We have an office in downtown Chicago, which allows us to work more closely with our public sector partners.

In addition, Urban Labs also has an office in New York City that focuses on Crime and Education work. The New York Office works in close collaboration with the Crime and Education Labs in Chicago.

Urban Labs is a set of highly collaborative Labs and as such, we all work together towards a common mission of science in service of cities.

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If you have specific questions that were not answered in our above frequently asked questions section, please contact us at urbanlabs@uchicago.edu Thanks!

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