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, Operations
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Requisition Number: JR02858

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking an Associate Director of Operations to manage strategic research and operations projects and culture building initiatives across the Crime and Education Labs in Chicago and New York. This person must work well in a fast paced and dynamic environment and be able to manage multiple projects and switch priorities as needed. The Associate Director will be responsible for broader organizational development initiatives, and implementing internal policies and programs across the Crime and Education Labs. The Associate Director will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the Crime and Education leadership team.

  • 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.

  • 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: Senior Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03847

The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking a Senior Research Analyst 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 Senior Analyst will 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 Senior 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, 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.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Data Science (Summer Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03823

This data science internship is an opportunity to work closely with a research team on public policy problems of critical importance to our New York City partners. Our organization’s mission is 'science in service of cities', and we do this by building, testing, and scaling programs to support the most vulnerable New Yorkers. As a data science intern, you would work closely with our research team on building, implementing, and evaluating predictive models. Beyond the data, you would need to explore the real world context that underpins our work, including existing social policies to guide the research efforts, and you might also help prepare work products for dissemination (report formatting and writing). This internship is a full-time opportunity during the summer (generally 10 weeks), and it is a great opportunity to see how predictive analytics impact public policy, to gain a deeper understating of policy research, and to develop research skills.

Check back to our website for summer internships in our Chicago office will be available soon.

  • Job Title: Research Assistant (Summer Internship)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03822

This summer research assistant internship is an opportunity to work closely with a research team on public policy problems of critical importance to our New York City partners. Our organization’s mission is “science in service of cities,” and we do this by building, testing, and scaling programs to support the most vulnerable New Yorkers. As a summer research assistant, you would work closely with our research team to assist with a range of activities as listed below. Beyond the analysis, you would explore the real world context that underpins our work, including existing social policies to guide the research efforts.

This internship is a full-time opportunity during the summer (generally 10 weeks), and it is a great opportunity to see how predictive analytics impact public policy, to gain a deeper understating of policy research, and to develop research skills.

Check back to our website for summer internships in our Chicago office will be available soon.

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.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03392

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.

  • Job Title: Embedded Health Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR03033

The UChicago Health Lab is seeking an Embedded Analyst with strong technical and communication skills to work in close partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health on projects of priority to IDPH.  The Analyst will work closely with the Director of IDPH, will work alongside IDPH analysts, and will assist in analyzing health outcomes patterns and trends and preparing briefing materials. Working as part of a larger Health Lab team, the Analyst will enable IDPH to utilize data at its disposal to make informed decisions that meet the needs of the communities across Illinois.  The analyst will also provide assistance on projects that are partnerships between the Health Lab and IDPH. 

The Embedded Analyst position is a one-year assignment, though there may be an opportunity to extend it subject to funding and project needs. The Analyst will be embedded in IDPH’s loop office but attend meetings in the Urban Labs Loop office and liaison with Health Lab leadership frequently. 

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR02455

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to provide scientific and intellectual leadership for the Poverty Lab. The Research Director, in partnership with senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, will provide scientific direction for a portfolio of applied research projects and ensure the rigor and quality of the Lab's work.

  • 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.

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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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 is a rapidly growing organization. If you do not see an opening at this time and would like to be considered for future opportunities, please send your resume and a general cover letter to urbanlabscareers@uchicago.edu. In the cover letter, please reference the type of position you are interested in. We also encourage you to check this Careers page for a list of current openings and submit an application to the University of Chicago Workday job board as new opportunities arise. If your qualifications are a strong match for an opportunity, we will reach out to discuss your background and interests.

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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