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
  • Requisition Number: JR03286

The Crime and Education Labs are seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness of interventions to reduce violence and improve youth outcomes. This position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers, local policymakers, frontline practitioners, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and administrative staff.

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR02020

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute scientific and intellectual leadership to the organization and our work. The primary role of the Research Director is to direct a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on reducing crime and violence and improving educational performance and attainment and other life outcomes for disadvantaged youth in addition to facilitating technical assistance work for government partners and strategic partners. In this role, the Research Director will provide scientific direction on all projects, ensure the rigor and quality of all work, manage and mentor research and project staff, and help to set and contribute to organizational priorities as part of the management team. The Research Director will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, other research directors, and with 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 fundraising, dissemination and policymaker outreach activities. The Research Director will also contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Crime and Education Lab should take on as well as management of staff and leadership on organizational initiatives.

  • Job Title: Associate Director, Operations
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Requisition Number: JR04462

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking an Associate Director of Operations to develop and manage internal organizational programs and policies to support the mission of the Labs. This person will set up the infrastructure and systems needed for a growing staff and dynamic work environment that is collaborative, transparent, and equitable. The Associate Director will report to the Chief Operating Officer, work closely with the Crime and Education leadership team, and will oversee HR and facilities.

  • Job Title: Project Associate (Data)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03903

The University of Chicago Crime & Education Labs are seeking a data 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 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 an experienced team of data scientists, administrative staff, and project managers from the Chicago office.

Please be advised that we are accepting applications for the data Project Associate on a rolling basis. As we hire for data Project Associate opportunities, we will reach out if your qualifications are a strong match. 

Crime & Education Lab is also accepting applications for a Project Associate to support with project management responsibilities.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04372

The UChicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking a Research Analyst with strong technical skills to work on large-scale social policy research projects designed to reduce crime and improve educational outcomes. The analyst will work on a portfolio of projects across a variety of areas that span both criminal justice and education.

The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling and data analysis techniques to 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 NYC-area universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistants.

Please be advised that we are accepting applications for the Research Analyst on a rolling basis. As we hire for Research Analyst opportunities, we will reach out if your qualifications are a strong match. 

  • Job Title: Implementation Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04421

The University of Chicago Education Lab seeks an Implementation Manager to work on the evaluation of a large-scale effort to ensure that Options Schools students receive high-quality supports across academic instruction, socioemotional supports, and postsecondary pathways. The Implementation Manager will be involved in a variety of project components including, but not limited to: assisting CPS and the Education Lab with program design, monitoring project implementation to ensure rigor and quality, and managing the relationships between the research team, social service providers, Options Schools operators and community members.

  • Job Title: Project Associate (Project Management)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03495

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking a Project Associate with strong project management 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.

This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of a small research team 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.

The Crime & Education Lab is also accepting applications for a Project Associate to support with data responsibilities.

  • Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR02942

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a full-time one- or two-year postdoctoral research fellow who has demonstrated research interest in topics related to criminal justice reform. Postdocs will report to Crime Lab Faculty Director Jens Ludwig and are expected to productively carry out self-directed research and contribute to the larger intellectual community of the Crime Lab by, for example, interacting with Crime Lab research staff and senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere. There may also be possibilities for interested postdoctoral research fellows to take on leadership roles for selected research projects with government agency partners. This position can be based in either Chicago, IL or New York City. Though the position is relatively new, recent fellows have moved on to tenure-track faculty positions at top-tier research universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.  

  • Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Data Science)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR02856

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a full-time one- or two-year data science postdoctoral research fellow to contribute scientific and intellectual leadership to our portfolio of projects applying machine learning to public policy, particularly in the area of reducing violence and incarceration, and improving policing and police-community relations. Postdocs will report to Crime Lab Faculty Director Jens Ludwig and are expected to productively carry out self-directed research and contribute to the larger intellectual community of the Crime Lab by, for example, interacting with Crime Lab research staff and senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere. There may also be possibilities for interested postdoctoral research fellows to take on leadership roles for selected research projects with government agency partners. Though the position is relatively new, recent fellows have moved on to tenure-track faculty positions at top-tier research universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.

This position can be based in either Chicago, IL or New York City. The starting date for the position is flexible and could be as soon as Fall 2018 or as late as Fall 2019.

Energy & Environment Lab

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03703

The University of Chicago E&E Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director (RD) to provide scientific and intellectual leadership to the E&E Lab, and develop and support environmental policy research projects. The RD will work closely with the Executive Director and Faculty Director Michael Greenstone, and collaborate with other faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, to provide scientific direction for a portfolio of applied research projects and ensure the rigor and quality of the Lab’s work.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03702

The University of Chicago’s Energy & Environment Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support large-scale environmental policy research projects. The Associate will work on a growing portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. The successful candidate will have experience with data management, econometrics, and statistical modeling. The Associate will contribute to all facets of data collection processing, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as part of small research teams, and on multiple projects concurrently, while also being self-directed and independent. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading policy researchers and faculty at the University of Chicago and other universities, and policymakers in state and local environmental agencies.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst - Data Science
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03613

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 Analysts will have the opportunity to apply tools and approaches from methodologies in both traditional econometrics and modern data science to original projects impacting youth services,   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: Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04321

The Poverty Lab is led by Marianne Bertrand, the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Co-Director of Social Enterprise Initiative at Booth, and Director of the University of Chicago Poverty Lab. Her research, which covers labor economics, corporate finance, and development economics, has been published widely. She is a member of the board of directors for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our team currently consists of an Executive Director, Scientific Director and 25 full-time staff, including data analysts and program managers at our main office in downtown Chicago. Our constantly evolving portfolio of projects spans workforce development, housing and homelessness, post-secondary education, and income support policies. Our work includes several projects focused on the application of machine learning algorithms to improve the design and targeting of interventions.

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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