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: Associate Director, Tools for Thought Initiative
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of the Tools of Thought Initiative
  • Requisition Number: JR18002

The Associate Director will play a key role in the operational delivery of the Tools of Thought Initiative, including building and maintaining relationships with development and testing partners, producing plans for the development of early product prototypes and testing of those prototypes, and developing and using systems to ensure the project stays on track.

This is a unique opportunity to combine the culture and pace of a startup with the rigor of a research environment. Like any good startup, fundamentally we want to produce a product that works and scales. Unlike most startups, we rely on foundational research to inform our product development and our goal is positive social impact. This role will involve continuous learning and adaptability to the changing needs of the initiative.

  • Job Title: Product Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of the Tools of Thought Initiative
  • Requisition Number: JR17837

The Product Manager will play a key role in the operational delivery of the Tools of Thought Initiative, including building and maintaining relationships with development and testing partners, producing plans for the development of early product prototypes and testing of those prototypes, and developing and using systems to ensure the project stays on track.

This is a unique opportunity to combine the culture and pace of a startup with the rigor of a research environment. Like any good startup, fundamentally we want to produce a product that works and scales. Unlike most startups, we rely on foundational research to inform our product development and our goal is positive social impact. This role will involve continuous learning and adaptability to the changing needs of the initiative.

  • 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: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Associate Director, Operations
  • Requisition Number: JR18166

The Education Lab is seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of personalized learning interventions like high dosage tutoring. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and other top tier universities, as well as a team of administrative staff, other project staff, research analysts, and student research assistants.

  • Job Title: Executive Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Chief of Staff
  • Requisition Number: JR16608

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab is seeking an Executive Assistant to support members of leadership, assist in coordinating short and long term projects, and serve as a liaison for internal and external partners. The EA will manage scheduling, office administration, and event planning.

  • Job Title: Events Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Program Director, Policing Leadership Academy
  • Requisition Number: JR20002

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking an experienced Events Manager who can support the launch of the Policing Academy, a first-of-its-kind. The Events Manager will work closely with our Program Director, Policing Leadership Academy and other members of organizational leadership to ensure the success of this new initiative. Strong candidates will have experience leading event planning processes in fundraising or non-profit settings.

  • Job Title: Program Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Program Director, Policing Leadership Academy
  • Requisition Number: JR19930

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking an experienced Program Manager who can support the launch of the Policing Academy, a first-of-its-kind. This Program Manager will work closely with our Program Director, Policing Leadership Academy and other members of organizational leadership to ensure the success of this new initiative. Strong candidates will have experience in government administration, political organizations, or the public sector more generally.

  • Job Title: Program Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Program Director, Policing Leadership Academy
  • Requisition Number: JR19934

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a Program Associate who can support the launch of the Policing Academy, a first-of-its-kind. The Program Associate will work closely with the program team, and under the direction of the Program Director, Policing Leadership Academy, to ensure the success of this new initiative. Strong candidates will have experience in higher education administration, sales, recruiting, or client-facing work more generally.

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Associate Director, Operations
  • Requisition Number: JR20299

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: Project Associate (Project Management)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Senior Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: JR20291

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are 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: Temporary Project Management Research Assistant (Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: JR20264

The Temporary Project Management Research Assistant summer internship is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of social policy research and to develop research skills. This position will be full-time for approximately 30 hours per week. This position will be hybrid and may require in-office days.

  • Job Title: Temporary Data Research Assistant (Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR20267

The Temporary Data Research Assistant summer internship is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. This position will be full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week. This position will be hybrid and may require in office days.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst (Social Network Analysis Specialty)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Data and Analytics
  • Requisition Number: JR20004

The UChicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking Research Analysts with strong social network analysis and causal inference skills to work on large-scale social policy research projects designed to reduce crime and improve educational outcomes. The successful candidate will have experience in working with large administrative datasets, network analysis including applying network causal inference tools, and 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 and cleaning, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of a small research team running many distinct analyses concurrently. It offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistants.

  • Job Title: Senior Communications Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Public Affairs
  • Requisition Number: JR20032

The Senior Communications Manager will support the Director of Public Affairs in designing, planning, and executing strategies that successfully deepen the public's understanding of evidenced-based approaches to advancing educational outcomes and enhancing public safety for all. The Senior Communications Manager will support messaging, media relations, and engagement of public, non-profit, and other partners, and will support the implementation of public affairs plans for the Crime Lab and Education Lab.

The ideal candidate will be innovative and intellectually curious and have a passion for communicating about evidence and research to inform policy. Their work will advance awareness of key research insights, highlight evidence-based solutions, and effectively engage multiple stakeholders on the most critical questions facing our communities today. Their efforts will advance more effective public policy solutions and a more informed and inclusive public conversation.

This role will be performed with a moderate level of guidance and direction. The Senior Communications Manager will report to the Director of Public Affairs.

  • Job Title: Communications Specialist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Public Affairs
  • Requisition Number: JR20033

The Communications Specialist will support the Director of Public Affairs and communications team in executing strategies that successfully deepen the public's understanding of evidenced-based approaches to advancing educational outcomes and enhancing public safety for all. The Communications Specialist will support communications and public affairs activities for the Crime Lab and Education Lab.

The ideal candidate will be innovative and intellectually curious and have a passion for communicating about evidence and research to inform policy. Their work will advance awareness of key research insights, highlight evidence-based solutions, and effectively engage multiple stakeholders on the most critical questions facing our communities today. Their efforts will advance more effective public policy solutions and a more informed and inclusive public conversation.

This role will be performed with guidance and direction. The Communications Specialist will report to the Director of Public Affairs.

Health Lab

  • 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



Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.



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.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


  • 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.

  • Job Title: Data Acquisitions Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 08.24.2022
  • Requisition Number: JR18193

Job Summary

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Data Acquisitions Manager to support the internal operations related to data acquisitions, management, stewardship and compliance. This Data Acquisitions Manager will work under the guidance of the Research Director and Lead Data Scientist, and with Health Lab staff in processing data requests for research projects, and with external partners to coordinate communication regarding data sharing agreements. The Data Acquisitions Manager will also be responsible for ongoing documentation and recordkeeping related to data maintained by Health Lab, reinforcing policies and procedures, and supporting data privacy and security policies and best practices.



The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading health and social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, research partners, community-based organizations, government agencies, non-profits, and a team of administrative staff and project managers.

Responsibilities

Data Acquisitions



  • Leads the process of gathering information from the research staff and drafting new data sharing or data request materials.




  • Serves as an internal resource to all researchers to advise on processes and procedures for obtaining access to data assets.




  • Coordinates with external partners and Health Lab staff to schedule meetings and prepare materials.




  • Manages the flow of work to University Research Administration (URA), and ensures all submissions for new data sharing agreements meet internal requirements.




  • Monitors the status of pending agreements. Triage and prioritize items needing University Research Administration (URA) attention.




  • Leads contractual negotiations between Health Lab, URA and external data sources.




  • Updates and maintains a comprehensive tracking sheet of active and pending agreements. Prepares status updates for the research staff and management. Produces operational metrics to inform management decision-making and resource allocation.




  • Ensures that all fully executed data sharing agreements and statements of work are archived internally and at URA. Ensures that partners requiring original signatures are provided with the necessary hardcopies. 



Compliance Monitoring



  • Supports the satisfaction of policies and operational procedures for ensuring compliance with U Chicago and Health Lab terms and conditions, MOUs, IRB approvals, HIPPA authorization, or other agreements with Health Labs regarding permissions to use or store data.



Data Stewardship



  • Supports the development and administration of internal surveys.




  • Manages Health Lab staff access to files, folders, and tools.




  • Supports the maintenance of data privacy and security best practices and policies.




  • Investigates and documents privacy and security incidents.




  • Prepares status updates for the research staff and management. Produces operational metrics to inform management decision-making and resource allocation.




  • Participates in the cross-lab data privacy and security committee. 






Additional Opportunities



  • Depending on their background and interests, the Data Associate will have the opportunity to work with applications such as REDCap (survey development and administration platform) and help conduct literature searches, formulate research questions, prepare data for analysis, analyze data, and prepare results for dissemination using data visualization techniques.




  • The Health Lab will support professional development in these areas.




  • Flexibility and willingness to periodically work on some of the Health Lab’s other projects.




  • Coordinates department compliance with a moderate level of guidance.




  • Prepares, completes and submits all compliance documentation on a routine basis. Coordinates compliance committee meetings.




  • Performs other related work as needed.





Minimum Qualifications

Education:

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



Work Experience:

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

Preferred Qualifications

Education:



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences, public policy, business, law or another relevant field.



Experience:



  • Minimum of two years of experience working in contracting, research, data management or project management.




  • Familiarity with research methods.




  • Experience with statistical modeling and coding is NOT required.



Preferred Competencies



  • Strong interest in health and social policy.




  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent deadlines and assignments.




  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to process and retain frequent new information.




  • Ability to interpret and apply contract requirements.




  • Knowledge of data management and/or contract negotiations.




  • Strong interpersonal skills.




  • Critical thinking and ability to evaluate the actions of colleagues. 




  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.




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




  • Ability to maintain good relations with external partners, internal researchers and administrators.



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)




  • References (3) (required)





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



Job Family

Legal & Regulatory Affairs



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



Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.



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.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

Inclusive Economy Lab

  • Job Title: Temporary Data Analyst Intern
  • Desired Start Date: 06.01.2023
  • Requisition Number: JR20070

Data Analyst Interns will assist project staff and faculty affiliates with quantitative data analysis tasks for their various research projects. We are looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about evidence-based policy and promoting economic stability and opportunity. This internship is a great opportunity to help you improve your research and data analysis skills, while contributing to rigorous research at IEL.

The position will be full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week for a duration of 11 weeks. There will be two possible start dates: June 5th and June 20th.

  • Job Title: Temporary Research Assistant Intern
  • Desired Start Date: 06.01.2023
  • Requisition Number: JR20072

Policy Research Interns will assist project staff various tasks on a research project. We are looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about evidence-based policy and promoting economic stability and opportunity. This internship is a great opportunity to help you improve your research and job readiness skills, while contributing to rigorous research at IEL.

The position will be full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week for a duration of 11 weeks. There will be two possible start dates: June 5th and June 20th.The hourly rate of pay for undergraduates is $17-20 and the hourly rate of pay for graduate students is $20-25. This role can be remote or hybrid in our office located in downtown Chicago

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR19021

The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a Project Associate to support socialpolicy experiments and data analytic projects focused on quality jobs and employment outcomes. This position will also support work related to criminal legal supports and developing community engaged research processes.

This person will report to a project manager and work as 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 Chicagoand other affiliate academic institutions, partners in the public and nonprofit sectors,people with lived experience, and a team of administrative staff, other project associates and managers, research analysts, and student research assistants

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR18657

The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a Project Associate to support socialpolicy experiments and data analytic projects focused on primary data collection for both the Chicago and Cook County guaranteed income pilots. This position will also assist in coding and analyzing the data.

This person will report to a project manager and work as 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 Chicagoand other affiliate academic institutions, partners in the public and nonprofit sectors,people with lived experience, and a team of administrative staff, other project associates and managers, research analysts, and student research assistants

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 01.03.2023
  • Requisition Number: JR19493

The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking a Project Associate to support keeping families stably housed and helping prevent evictions and housing instability.

This person will report to a portfolio manager and work as 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 other affiliate academic institutions, partners in the public and nonprofit sectors, people with lived experience, and a team of administrative staff, other project associates and  managers, research analysts, and student research assistants.

  • Job Title: Human Resources Coordinator
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR19860

The Human Resources Coordinator role performs a broad range of responsibilities related to the recruiting, onboarding and retention of staff. Responsibilities includes resume review, screening candidates ,and other tasks related to employee relations. 

  • Job Title: Operations Coordinator
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR20199

The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab is seeking an Operations Coordinator to serve as a generalist and strategic consultant in driving grant management and financial processes. This role will partner with unit leadership, University central departments (procurement, research administration departments, IT, facilities) to ensure we are meeting our finance, grant, and compliance obligations to manage the daily operations of the department, primarily in the areas of financial, grants, events, and support services management.

  • Job Title: Research Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, together with the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab, is seeking a full-time Research Associate to provide scientific and intellectual leadership for Inclusive Economy Lab projects. The Research Associate will serve as a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on a portfolio of Inclusive Economy Lab projects, ensuring the rigor and quality of the Lab's work.

  • Job Title: Research Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, together with the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab, is seeking a full-time Research Associate to provide scientific and intellectual leadership for Inclusive Economy Lab projects. The Research Associate will serve as a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on a portfolio of Inclusive Economy Lab projects, ensuring 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.

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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.

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