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 Management Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103973

The University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking a Data Management Associate to support the internal operations related to data acquisitions, management, stewardship and compliance. This person will work with Urban Labs staff in processing data requests for research projects, and with external partners to coordinate communication regarding data sharing agreements. This individual will also be responsible for ongoing documentation and recordkeeping related to data maintained by Urban Labs, and reinforcing policies and procedures.

  • Job Title: Data Liaison
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103584

The Data Liaison works with staff at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on behalf of the Urban Labs, the Consortium, and Chapin Hall, facilitating the provision of CPS data in support of their research projects.

  • Job Title: Director of Development
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103773

Lead and manage the creation and implementation of a strategy for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and gift closure of the priority individual major and principal gift prospects in collaboration with Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) staff and leadership, Mansueto Institute leadership and partners, Urban Labs leadership, and other University partners. Collaborate with staff managing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and gift closure of corporate and foundation prospective donors. Conceptualize, prepare and present proposals for support for Mansueto, Urban Labs, and related initiatives. Build and manage a portfolio of 50-100 individual and organization gift prospects. Manage and assist in 24+ solicitations per year. Monitor progress against goals ensuring deadlines are met.

Build relationships with prospective donors and University leaders and partners through visits, events, correspondence and regular calls. Support fundraising events for Mansueto and Urban Labs to ensure ROI on events. Solicit gifts and negotiate gift discussions and agreements. Work with the Mansueto leadership, Urban Labs leadership, any governing bodies, ARD staff, faculty, philanthropists and other partners to create comprehensive, multi-year strategic advancement plans for the Mansueto Institute and its partners. Direct the implementation of the plans to meet annual and long-term goals. Use programmatic components to engage potential donors and create opportunities for donor support. Conceptualize communications and outreach activities to promote, cultivate and recognize top donors. Direct, monitor and evaluate the implementation of comprehensive Mansueto Institute fundraising communications. Serve as a key spokesperson for the Mansueto Institute as needed.

  • 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: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103842

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 and cost-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.

  • Job Title: Embedded Analyst
  • 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: JR00452

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.

Urban Labs is not actively hiring Research Analysts at this time. However, as a growing organization, we are currently accepting Research Analyst applications in order to prepare for potential changes in staffing needs.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Associate Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR00263

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: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 104141

The University of Chicago Energy & Environment 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 evaluate the effectiveness and impact of promising energy and environmental 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.

  • 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.

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: Public Health Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director, Health Lab; Director, Chicago-High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
  • Requisition Number: JR00105

The UChicago Health Lab is seeking embedded Public Health Analyst with strong technical and communication skills to work in close partnership with the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) on a project to enhance HIDTA use of data to improve public health. The Analyst will work as a part of a larger HIDTA/Urban Lab team to reduce the prevalence of heroin and other opioid use, abuse and trafficking in the United States. The Analyst will enable HIDTA to utilize the data at its disposal to make better-informed decisions on preventing fatal and non-fatal heroin and other opioid drug overdoses. The successful candidate will have experience analyzing data and presenting findings, must demonstrate a willingness to work alongside and assist HIDTA agents, and is able to work well both independently and as part of a larger team. This position offers the opportunity to work directly on addressing a pressing drug policy issue in close collaboration with academic and subject matter experts. The Analyst position is a one-year assignment, though there may be an opportunity to extend it subject to funding and project needs.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103770

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 Analyst will have the opportunity to apply tools and approaches from methodologies in both traditional econometrics and modern data science to original projects impacting homelessness, financial empowerment, and workforce development. In addition to supporting field-based randomized controlled trials, the Research Analyst will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data-driven technical assistance to governmental and non-profit partners.

The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. From project inception to delivery, the Research Analyst will contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office. 

  • Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Desired Start Date: 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.

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