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: Senior Grants and Finance Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04713

The Senior Grants and Finance Manager will administer sponsored research awards for UChicago Urban Labs, supervise a Grants and Finance Associate, and assist the Director of Finance with establishing and maintaining best practices in the area of finance and sponsored research. This is a great opportunity for a mid-career professional to learn about finance, accounting, sponsored research, and general operations in a non-profit research environment.

  • 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.

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

  • Job Title: Project Associate (Project Management)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04858

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong project management skills.

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. The Crime Lab is also hiring a Project Associate to support with data analysis. For more information on this position, please visit Urban Labs Careers page: https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/careers.  

  • 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.

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR05141

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is 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.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04520

Crime Lab New York is seeking a data scientist to work on our portfolio of projects applying statistical inference, econometrics, and machine learning to pressing challenges in public policy and criminal justice. We’re seeking a smart, motivated, and detail-oriented person who is qualified to work on all aspects of a project – ranging from raw data cleaning and basic descriptive analysis to developing predictive models and helping create presentation and written materials on our results. The ideal candidate will have strong interest or experience in using their skills to address key problems in public and social policy. The data scientist will collaborate closely with PhD-level economists and computer scientists, as well as the broader CLNY team. This position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers and policy-makers on projects with immediate real-world impact for the lives of New Yorkers.

  • Job Title: Data Engineer (Limited-term)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: To apply, please email Greg Stoddard: gstoddard@uchicago.edu

Crime Lab New York is seeking an experienced data engineer for limited-term contract work to design and build a data processing pipeline for a complex administrative dataset (more information about the dataset below). This pipeline will serve as the data infrastructure behind a multi-year scientific evaluation of a recent large-scale reform in criminal justice.   

We’re looking for someone who will both listen closely to the needs of our principal investigators and data scientists but will also lead the design based on their experience and established best practice. Our current projects use a series of small R & Python scripts with makefiles to control the workflow1. This design works well for smaller projects and simpler datasets but we’re interested in pursuing a more robust solution for larger and more complex projects. The ideal candidate will help us develop that vision in the context of this project.

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: 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.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR04805

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.

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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