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

Crime & Education Labs

  • Job Title: Embedded Analyst - CPS
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR10667

The UChicago Education Lab is seeking an Embedded Analyst with strong technical and communication skills to work in close partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The embedded analyst will provide technical assistance to the CPS at the direction of the UChicago Education Lab Senior Research Director and senior officials within the district in order to advance mutual priorities focused on equitable service provision to the district’s most vulnerable students.

The Analyst will be embedded at the Chicago Public Schools Headquarters in the Loop approximately 80% of the week and at the UChicago Crime Lab and Education Lab Loop office approximately 20% of the week.

This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research and practitioner teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and senior leadership at CPS, as well as an experienced team of data scientists, administrative staff, and project managers from the Chicago office.

  • Job Title: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR10663

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking a data scientist to work on our portfolio of projects applying machine learning to public policy, particularly in the area of improving policing and police-community relations. We’re seeking a smart, motivated, and detail-oriented person to work on all parts of our applied machine learning projects – all the way from cleaning and structuring raw data to developing predictive models and evaluating them in a randomized control trial. An ideal candidate will have experience extracting insights from data and communicating them to both technical and non-technical audiences.

The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers at the University of Chicago and policymakers on projects with immediate real-world impact. You will collaborate closely with PhD-level computer science and economics researchers, as well as top-notch research managers and Crime Lab leadership. This position is particularly well-suited for candidates who may be interested in pursuing a PhD in the future or for data scientists who want to transition from industry to public policy research.

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

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking summer Research Assistants to consistently and accurately code open-ended survey responses to enable quantitative analysis and to extract insight from the skills and behavioral post-assessment of the Sit-D training program. Research Assistants may also assist with a range of activities including policy research and analysis, data entry, reviewing and cleaning datasets, statistical analysis, and administrative tasks.



This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be part-time for approximately 15-20 hours per week. This will be a remote internship.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Ashley Motta, at amotta@uchicago.edu.

  • Job Title: Research Assistant - Elementary School Teaching Intervention
  • Desired Start Date: TBC

This study depends crucially on a team of research assistants who will support teachers as they implement the program. Research assistant “coaches” will receive training and meet regularly with members of our research team to discuss ongoing program implementation. They will be responsible for supporting and guiding teachers and their students with incorporating CAL into a weekly routine of reinforcement and mastery. To do this, they will regularly meet and communicate with teachers to discuss goals, preferences, and plans. Coaches will be responsible for monitoring teachers’ weekly progress surveys and student progress using their CAL platform accounts to further support teachers’ effort to implement CAL in their classrooms and increase student time spent on and engagement with the platform. Coaches will also support teachers with drafting parent and student communications about student progress and goals.

To Apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sarah Horn at sthorn@uchicago.edu.

  • Job Title: Senior Manager, Sponsored Research
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Requisition Number: JR11104

The Senior Manager, Sponsored Research supports the research enterprise at the Crime Lab and Education Lab by providing leadership and stewardship for grants and sponsored research support. This person works witha diverse team of Principal Investigators, Research Directors, staff and partners involved in the review, approval, negotiation and administration of research proposals, grants, contracts, and will also be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective processes related to pre- and post-award grant administration. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with the Sr. Manager, Budget & Finance and the Sponsored Research & Finance Associate.

  • Job Title: Project Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR10975

The Education Lab has done several studies of high dosage tutoring and has found very encouraging results. Over two separate randomized controlled trials of an intensive, in-school tutoring program run by Saga Education, UChicago Education Lab found that students who received the program gained one to two-and-a-half years of additional learning compared to those who did not participate (SAGA Tutoring | UChicago Urban Labs). This finding – and subsequent findings from later studies – indicate that this personalized learning approach has the potential to accelerate students’ learning there thereby reduce persistent disparities in education performance. Some of our work in this area was recently released as a working paper titled “Not Too Late”, highlighting the potential of programs like these to substantially improve outcomes for adolescents who have fallen behind grade level (Not Too Late:Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents | NBER).

Partly inspired by these results, we are developing a series of large-scale, multi-arm,

randomized experiments across multiple cities to study variations of this personalized learning approach at scale and to empirically identify what works best for whom and in what context. We expect this program to serve tens of thousands of students, allowing us to learn more about these promising models while delivering real supports to as many students who might benefit as possible. To help us execute on this vision, we are seeking a project director to coordinate and drive these efforts.

Inclusive Economy Lab

  • Job Title: Portfolio Manager, STLS
  • Desired Start Date: 04.16.2021
  • Requisition Number: JR10532

The UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a Portfolio Manager to manage large-scale social policy experiments designed to understand how to better support students experiencing housing instability in achieving their unique educational and personal goals. This individual will work on a portfolio of projects conducted in close partnership with city agencies and non-profits, leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, families and students with lived experience, as well as a team of administrative staff, other project managers, research analysts, and student research assistants. The Portfolio Manager will help implement a research agenda to increase the limited evidence base of how to support students experiencing homelessness stay engaged in school despite the additional barriers they face.

  • Job Title: Project Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR11088

The UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a Project Manager to support large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the 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 Project Manager will also collaborate closely with the UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab’s partners in the public and nonprofit sectors.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR10956

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 studying the effectiveness of various kinds of income supports. This position requires an individual who is able to work as part of a small research teams running multiple projects concurrently while working directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Illinois, as well as an experienced team of data scientists, administrative staff, and project managers.

  • Job Title: Portfolio Manager, Chicago City Colleges
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR11117

The UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a Portfolio Manager to manage large-scale social policy experiments designed to understand how to better support students transitioning to postsecondary educational experiences. This individual will work on a portfolio of projects conducted in close partnership with city agencies and non-profits, leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, families and students with lived experience, as well as a team of administrative staff, other project managers, research analysts, and student research assistants. The Portfolio Manager will help implement a research agenda to increase the evidence base of how to support students as they make postsecondary plans and then transition to college and beyond.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR11525

The Research Analyst performs analysis assignments related to scientific research projects. This role informs experimental designs and descriptive analyses for partners, carrying out analysis steps as specified by the Principal Investigator in conjunction with more senior analyst staff. This role is also responsible for managing intern staff in select analyses ,supports the creation of reporting materials, including producing data visualizations, drafting language for reports, papers, and presentations for partners or academic publications.

  • 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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