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: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Associate Director, Operations
  • Requisition Number: JR15091

The Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of youth violence preventions and interventions. 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: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR15023

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. 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.

This position can be based in Chicago or New York.

  • Job Title: Data Acquisitions Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Data Partnerships
  • Requisition Number: JR15013

The University of Chicago Education Lab is seeking a Data Acquisitions Manager to support the internal operations related to data acquisitions, management, stewardship and compliance. This person will work with Labs staff in processing data requests for research projects, and with external partners to coordinate communication regarding data sharing agreements. This individual will also be responsible for ongoing documentation and recordkeeping related to data maintained by Urban Labs, and reinforcing policies and procedures.

  • Job Title: Analytics Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Data and Analytics
  • Requisition Number: JR15914

The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking an experienced Analytics Manager 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. The Analytics Manager will lead a team of analysts, work on a small portfolio of projects across the areas of both criminal justice and education, develop and manage processes and procedures for collaborative data access and use, and support broader organizational development activities. 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 Analytics Manager 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, and can work with multiple departments across the organization to implement ideas. 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: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Senior Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: JR12477

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong project management skills. This position requires an individual who is able to work as 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 analysts, data scientists, administrative staff, and project managers.

  • Job Title: Director of Public Affairs
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: JR13784

The Director of Public Affairs works with the Executive Director, Faculty Director, and Leadership Team to identify and implement publicly facing opportunities and initiatives to enhance the impact of the Crime Lab and Education Lab’s work. The Director has primary responsibility for the external positioning of the Crime Lab and Education Lab brands, including having key input on messaging, media relations, and engagement of public, non-profit, and other partners, as well as management and implementation of the public affairs plans for the two Labs. The Director leads and manages the Public Affairs team, including internal staff partially and/or fully dedicated to public affairs and communications work as well as any external resources, and is the primary liaison with Harris School of Public Policy and University of Chicago communications, media relations, and civic engagement teams. The Director of Public Affairs reports to the Executive Director and is a part of the Leadership Team.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Implementation Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 09.16.2021
  • Requisition Number: JR12799

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking an Implementation Manager to work on large-scale social policy research, data science, and program evaluation projects to support the development of effective policy interventions in the domain of 911 and alternative crisis response. The Implementation Manager will work to support a large-scale field-based program evaluation of alternative crisis response work in and around Chicago. This work is part of Health Lab’s larger 911 portfolio of projects, which includes a number of related projects in Chicago and several other cities nationwide.



The Implementation Manager will have the opportunity to manage various stakeholder relationships and contribute to all aspects of research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects. Duties will include travelling to observe field operations and program sites to monitor and assess program implementation, managing and facilitating communication between Health Lab and external stakeholders, managing the project’s data collection process, providing updates and feedback on study progress to internal and external partners, and assisting in drafting a variety of project-related writings. The ideal candidate will be organized and able to execute multiple project workstreams, including setting project timelines and meeting key milestones.



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. 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 Implementation Manager will also collaborate closely with the UChicago Urban Labs' partners in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Responsibilities


  • Manages day-to-day implementation of a large-scale policy research project based in Chicago, including primary and secondary research data collection, while ensuring fidelity to research ethics and study design.

  • Must be available for frequent, in-person site visits to partner sites in Chicago. All COVID-19 precautions will be taken.

  • Ensures that project deliverables are developed in a satisfactory and timely manner.

  • Manages multiple project aims simultaneously and meets tight deadlines.

  • Contributes to research design and coordinates implementation with program partners and collaborators in the public and nonprofit sectors.

  • Oversees quality control of data collection, including developing and maintaining the study’s research and dissemination processes.

  • Coordinates project development and deliverables among all internal and external partners.

  • Prepares IRB proposals, writing grant proposals and grant progress reports, and obtains research permission and data use agreements as needed.

  • Performs literature reviews and assists in writing, proofreading, and fact-checking academic papers, reports, and presentations.

  • Prepares research summaries for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both technical and non-technical audiences, including policymakers, academic researchers, and other stakeholders.

  • Facilitates integration of community feedback into research process and generated products.

  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.

  • Supervised other staff as needed.

  • Performs other related work as needed.



Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:


  • Master's degree in criminal justice, economics, sociology, public health, public policy or another relevant field.

  • Will consider applicants with equivalent lived experience.


Experience:


  • Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.

  • Managing complex projects with numerous stakeholders.

  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.

  • Experience in qualitative research and analysis.

  • Collecting and managing qualitative and quantitative datasets.

  • Working on field experiments and/or randomized controlled trials.

  • Working with law enforcement, public health, or in emergency response.

  • Coursework in policy analysis.

Preferred Competencies


  • Strong interest in social policy.

  • Previous program management experience including demonstrated success navigating various stakeholder interests to produce a common goal.

  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently in an organized, detailed manner, while maintaining a collaborative team environment. Self-starter with ability to take initiative to move projects forward.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a broad array of partners.

  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment.

  • Knowledge and understanding of urban policy, social policy, criminal justice policy, and 911/ crisis response.

Working Conditions


  • This role will be both outdoors and indoors. The role will require travel to partner sites and field observations. Some of the work will also be performed on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats.

  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents


  • Resume (required)

  • Cover letter (required)

  • Writing sample (required)

  • Transcript (preferred)

  • Job Title: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: 03.23.2022
  • Requisition Number: JR 15710

The Health Lab’s mission is to partner with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate and scale programs and policies that improve health outcomes and address systemic barriers to achieving health equity. To accomplish our mission, we seek to identify and engage groups of people who are disproportionally impacted by health disparities that result from socioeconomic disadvantage and systemic inequities, and to develop and evaluate interventions that improve health, safety, and vitality and reduce health and social disparities. Decades of experience have proven that health care alone cannot solve urban health problems, or address related cross-sectoral challenges in poverty, crime, education and the environment faced by many urban residents. Accordingly, we work closely with diverse partners, including persons and communities with lived experience of disadvantage in urban contexts, to learn directly from them about the challenges they face interacting with the health care system and social service sectors. We seek to partner with these groups and the organizations committed to serving them to develop and evaluate interventions to address these challenges.

We support our partners using data-driven findings and are deeply committed to expanding knowledge about the effectiveness of policies, programs and interventions to promote health equity. We believe that generating evidence on multi-sectoral interventions can have a multiplicative impact, improving not just health but also equity and outcomes across other sectors. Our partners in these efforts include communities and community-based organizations, medical and social service providers, housing and homeless services providers, emergency service providers, and members of the corrections, policing and other law enforcement communities. These relationships are essential to advance our mission. As with the other Urban Labs, our approach applies science in the service of cities. We hypothesize that two key obstacles prevent cities from mobilizing and coordinating their resources across sectors. First, cities lack evidence about the multi-sector impact of their efforts. Second, cities lack sufficient coordination mechanisms and incentives to collaborate across sectors to improve health equity.

Based on these hypotheses, the Health Lab focuses our resources on generating high-quality evidence about interventions that can be widely scaled to sustainably improve urban health. For examples of our work, please see: http://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/



Job Summary

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Data Scientist to work on our portfolio of projects applying machine learning to public policy, particularly in the area of improving 911 and emergency response. 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 field studies and randomized control trials. 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 economics, criminology, and computer science researchers, as well as top-notch analysts, research managers, and Health 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.

Responsibilities


  • Works with research team and partners to identify analytical approaches to addressing research questions.

  • Contributes to the design, implementation, and validation of an efficient and reproducible data processing pipeline.

  • Builds and rigorously evaluates statistical models using best practices of machine learning and statistical inference.

  • Cleans, merges, and matches data from multiple agencies and sectors.

  • Develops sampling strategies.

  • Develops and assesses statistical models and machine learning algorithms.

  • Prepares memos, spreadsheets, manuscripts and presentations for a range of audiences including policymakers, publics, and academic researchers.

  • Ensures that project deliverables are developed in an efficient and timely manner.

  • Analyzes moderately complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information.

  • Cleans, transforms, merges, and matches between large and complex research and administrative datasets. Plan sown resources to collect, organize, and analyze information from the University's various internal data systems as well as from external sources.

  • Builds and analyzes statistical models and reproducible data processing pipelines using knowledge of best practices in machine learning and statistical inference. Serves as a single point of contact for all requests and engages other IT resources to assist as needed. May partner with other campus teams to assist faculty with data science related needs.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, data science, economics or a closely related field.

  • Master’s degree.

Experience:


  • Experience in applied statistics & statistical modeling

Preferred Competencies


  • Proficiency with statistical data analysis and machine learning using Python or R is required. The ability to work in both is preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of machine learning techniques and algorithms.

  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.

  • Proficiency with one or more languages such as R or Python and experience developing reproducible and maintainable code.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required.

  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem solving and learning required.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment required.

  • Sound critical thinking skills required.

  • Strong attention to detail with superb analytical and organization skills required.

  • Familiarity with program evaluation and causal inference preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Strong interest in social policy.

Working Conditions


  • This role will be indoors, on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats - working remotely initially.

  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents


  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Writing Sample (required)

  • Transcript (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application on The University of Chicago career page. 



Job Family

Research



Role Impact

Individual Contributor



FLSA Status

Exempt



Pay Frequency

Monthly



Scheduled Weekly Hours

37.5



Benefits Eligible

Yes



Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

Yes



Drug Test Required

No



Health Screen Required

No



Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No



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  • Works with research team and partners to identify analytical approaches to addressing research questions.

  • Contributes to the design, implementation, and validation of an efficient and reproducible data processing pipeline.

  • Builds and rigorously evaluates statistical models using best practices of machine learning and statistical inference.

  • Cleans, merges, and matches data from multiple agencies and sectors.

  • Develops sampling strategies.

  • Develops and assesses statistical models and machine learning algorithms.

  • Prepares memos, spreadsheets, manuscripts and presentations for a range of audiences including policymakers, publics, and academic researchers.

  • Ensures that project deliverables are developed in an efficient and timely manner.

  • Analyzes moderately complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information.

  • Cleans, transforms, merges, and matches between large and complex research and administrative datasets. Plan sown resources to collect, organize, and analyze information from the University's various internal data systems as well as from external sources.

  • Builds and analyzes statistical models and reproducible data processing pipelines using knowledge of best practices in machine learning and statistical inference. Serves as a single point of contact for all requests and engages other IT resources to assist as needed. May partner with other campus teams to assist faculty with data science related needs.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, data science, economics or a closely related field.

  • Master’s degree.

  • Experience in applied statistics & statistical modeling.

  • Proficiency with statistical data analysis and machine learning using Python or R is required. The ability to work in both is preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of machine learning techniques and algorithms.

  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.

  • Proficiency with one or more languages such as R or Python and experience developing reproducible and maintainable code.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required.

  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem solving and learning required.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment required.

  • Sound critical thinking skills required.

  • Strong attention to detail with superb analytical and organization skills required.

  • Familiarity with program evaluation and causal inference preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Strong interest in social policy.

  • This role will be indoors, on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats - working remotely initially.

  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Writing Sample (required)

  • Transcript (required)

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 04.01.2022
  • Reporting to: Marilyn Sinkewicz
  • Requisition Number: JR15190

Job Summary:

The Health 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 on mental illness and the criminal justice system, improving health outcomes and reducing costs, and preventing and ending homelessness. 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.



Responsibilities:

     • Works with partners to identify analytical approaches to solve specific                       research questions 

     • Cleans, merges, and matches data, and runs sampling and randomization               across multiple projects.

     • Builds traditional statistical models and machine learning algorithms for a                 variety of research projects.

     • Prepares results of models for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations                 targeting both policymakers and academic researchers

     • Assists with literature reviews and drafting papers.

     • Assists in writing grant proposals, preparing IRB proposals, and obtaining               other research permits

     • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies:


  • Strong interest in social policy required.

  • Strong background in applied statistics & modeling required.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines required.

  •  Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.

  •  Ability to work both independently and as a team member required.

  •  Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data required.

Education, Experience or Certifications:


  • Master's degree in economics, sociology, public policy or other relevant social/mathematical science field required.

  •  Coursework in econometrics and/or mathematical statistics required.

  •  A minimum of two years of relevant data analysis experience required.

  •  Experience working with large and complex datasets strongly preferred.

  •  Proficiency with one or more languages such as R, Stata, Python, or SAS preferred.

  •  Experience with relational databases a plus.

  •  Experience working on field experiments preferred.

  •  Experience working with GIS and UNIX servers preferred.

  •  Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.

  •  Experience with health and claims data highly appreciated.



Required Documents:


  • Resume

  •  Cover Letter

  •  Writing Sample

  •  Transcript



To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional reference, writing sample, and transcript to Workday, requisition number

Please note, when applying, all documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application. Please be advised that this job announcement is formatted differently on the University of Chicago “Workday” Job Board.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.



Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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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