Career Opportunities

Urban Labs staff have a strong commitment to using science in service of cities struggling with difficult urban challenges. We regularly seek out passionate, data-oriented, public service minded individuals to help us improve the quality of urban life in cities across the nation and world.

Current Opportunities

Urban Labs

  • Job Title: Data Research Assistant (Summer Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: See document for requisition numbers for labs

The temporary 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. Please note that our office is located in downtown Chicago at 33 N. LaSalle Street.

  • Job Title: Policy Research Assistant (Summer Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: See document for requisition numbers for labs

The temporary Research Assistant summer internship is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. The position will be full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week. Please note that our office is located in downtown Chicago at 33 N. LaSalle Street.

Crime & Education Labs

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Research Director
  • Requisition Number: JR00805

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: Project Associate (Data team)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: JR00824

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. This person will work on a portfolio of projects 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 Lab is also hiring for a Project Associate to support with project management responsibilities. For more information on this role, please visit Urban Labs careers page: https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/careers.

  • Job Title: Project Associate (Project Management team)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Research Analyst
  • Requisition Number: JR00825

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong project management skills to support the evaluation of READI Chicago, a large-scale transitional jobs and cognitive behavioral therapy program targeted at individuals at highest risk of gun violence involvement. We are also hiring Project Associates with strong project management skills to support other evaluations in both the Crime and Education Labs. If you are interested in a Project Management Project Associate role, please apply to this position.

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: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00867

The University of Chicago Crime Lab team is seeking a data scientist to work on our portfolio of projects applying machine learning to public policy, particularly in the area of improving policing and police-community relations. We’re seeking a smart, motivated, and detail-oriented person to work on all parts of a project – all the way from cleaning and structuring raw data to developing predictive models and evaluating them in a randomized control trial.

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

  • Job Title: Embedded Analyst (Chicago Police Department)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00412

The UChicago Crime Lab is seeking Embedded Analysts with strong technical and communication skills to work in close partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on a project to enhance CPD’s use of data to improve public safety. Each Analyst will be embedded in a division of CPD, will work alongside officers, and will assist command staff with analyzing crime patterns and trends, preparing briefing materials, and training others on the use of tools and systems. Working as part of a larger Crime Lab team, the Analysts will enable CPD to utilize the data at its disposal to make better-informed decisions that meet the needs of the communities they serve.

The Embedded Analyst position is a one-year assignment, though there may be an opportunity to extend it subject to funding and project needs. Analysts will work in the Urban Labs Loop office approximately 20% of the week and are embedded in CPD stations the remaining 80% of the week.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00868

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: Embedded Analyst (Chicago Public Schools)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01046

The UChicago Crime and Education Lab is seeking an Embedded Analyst with strong technical and communication skills to work in close partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  The embedded analyst will provide technical assistance to the CPS on their portfolio of Social and Emotional Learning projects.

The Analyst will be embedded at the Chicago Public Schools Headquarters in the Loop approximately 60% of the week and at the Urban Labs Loop office approximately 40% of the week.

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 Lab New York

  • Job Title: Associate Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00676

The Crime Lab New York team is seeking an Associate Director who will support the Executive Director to execute strategic priorities, secure fundraising for research activities, communicate with internal and external stakeholders, build relationships with new and existing partners identify and resolve obstacles. The Associate Director will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with research staff in New York and Chicago.

Energy & Environment Lab

  • Job Title: Executive Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Faculty Director
  • Requisition Number: JR00485

The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab is seeking an Executive Director who will work closely with Faculty Director Michael Greenstone to develop and execute a strategy for the continued growth and success of the Energy and Environment Lab. The Executive Director leads a team of experienced and highly-competent research and administrative professionals and is responsible for guiding the full spectrum of the Lab’s day-to-day operations, including strategic planning and execution, communicating with internal and external stakeholders, financial management and fundraising, and human resources. The Executive Director also will play a leadership role in building relationships with new and existing policy research partners in order to expand the Energy and Environment Lab’s portfolio of work to identify, test and scale the most promising policy and regulatory approaches to protecting our environment and health. The Executive Director will report to the Faculty Director and work collaboratively with research staff in the United States and internationally.

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

The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab invites applications for full-time research fellows likely located in Sacramento, California to support a number of environmental policy research projects. An interdisciplinary research and training center, The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab focuses on identifying and testing ways to solve the world's most urgent energy and environmental challenges through cost effective and scalable programs or policies. Its goal is to assemble a portfolio of knowledge (using a variety of empirical methods ranging from "big data" tools to randomized controlled trials) to generate new evidence about what works, for whom, and why, and to conduct benefit-cost analyses of different interventions to enable policymakers to prioritize resources for the combination of strategies that achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. 

Please apply to the email included in the job description.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00308

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Project Associate to support large-scale social policy research projects. This person will work on a portfolio of projects designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising health interventions. The role will primarily focus on supporting the implementation of the Supportive Release Center (SRC) study, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of a post-release mental health intervention at the Cook County Jail.

This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of 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, government agency staff, and nonprofit partners, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office.

*Note that while start date is asap, exceptions can be made for individuals who are graduating from master’s programs in the spring and are able to work approximately 20 hours per week until available to begin full-time.

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: JR00876

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 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 from the Chicago office.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 05.14.2018
  • Reporting to: Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: JR00585

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. This person will work on a portfolio of projects designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising interventions for Opportunity Youth in Chicago. Opportunity Youth are a diverse group of individuals ages 16-24 who are disconnected from education and employment. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently while working 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. 

  • Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Desired Start Date: 07.01.2018
  • Reporting to: Scientific Director
  • Requisition Number: JR00178

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow to build and lead a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on housing instability and workforce development in urban areas. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for contributing to the scientific content of research proposals and will have the opportunity to author or co-author scientific articles. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Executive Director and other staff in dissemination and policymaker outreach activities, and will oversee the work of other research staff.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will report to Poverty Lab Scientific Director Kelly Hallberg and work collaboratively with Marianne Bertrand, other researchers, staff and partner agencies. The term of this position is 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to 24 additional months.

  • Job Title: Field Study Research Assistant (Temporary)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00583

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is hiring Research Assistants to assist with data collection for our evaluation of Urban Initiatives Work to Play program. These data will be used to help us better understand how participation in structured sports programs impact children’s early learning and development. Observations will take place in Chicago Public Schools across the city.

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