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. For a full list of open and available jobs, please scroll past the questions and answers section.

Question Answer
What types of positions are available at Urban Labs?

For our three most common research roles--Project Associate, Research Manager, and Research Analyst--please refer to the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Project Associates assist either a Research Manager or a Research Analyst. Project Associates work across the following areas: coordinating research activities, completing data collection and analysis, writing literature reviews.
  • Research Managers work with partners funders, Research Directors, and Principal Investigators by contributing to the design and implementation of research projects, including subject selection and randomization; managing project budgets; supporting fundraising; and communicating project updates with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Research Analysts work with Research Managers, Research Directors, and Principal Investigators to apply a variety of statistical modeling and data analysis techniques to datasets in real-world settings.

Urban Labs also hires for other positions in research, IT, and operations. We encourage you to view opportunities below.

What application materials does Urban Labs require?

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.

When can I expect to hear about the status of my application? 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. However, we will reach out to all applicants at the appropriate stage in the hiring process.
I am interested in opportunities with Urban Labs, but there is not a position available at this time. How can I be considered for future opportunities? 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.
What is the workplace culture at Urban Labs? 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.
Where is Urban Labs located?

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.

Do the individual Labs work together? 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.
Who do I contact for technical issues in the Workday Application System? If you have questions about the Workday Application System, click here.

If you have specific questions that were not answered in our above frequently asked questions section, please contact us at urbanlabscareers@uchicago.edu. Thanks!

Current Opportunities

Urban Labs

  • Job Title: System Administrator
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01398

The University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking a System Administrator to join our service-oriented and forward-thinking information technology department. The candidate will build relationships and work with researchers and administrative staff across all Urban Lab offices to monitor and attend to technology needs, and to configure solutions that meet technology as assigned by the IT Director. The System Administrator is responsible for supporting and extending computing environments for applied social science and data science in a highly security-conscious setting. This person will also be responsible for all activities and support related to the day-to-day operations of Urban Labs’ servers and related hardware and software components.

  • Job Title: Data Acquisitions Senior Associates
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR02057

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

Crime & Education Labs

  • Job Title: Associate Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: JR01301

The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking an Associate Director who will support the Executive Director to execute strategic priorities focused on projects to enhance public safety in partnership with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in Chicago, Cook County, and beyond. The Associate Director will develop and maintain relationships with Crime Lab partners, identify ways to leverage the Lab's unique resources, and help the public sector deploy its resources more effectively and humanely to save lives. The Associate Director will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with research staff in Chicago and New York.

  • Job Title: Qualitative Researcher
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Qualitative Researcher
  • Requisition Number: JR01317

The UChicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking an experienced Qualitative Researcher to support the implementation evaluation of READI Chicago, a large-scale transitional jobs and cognitive behavioral therapy program targeted at individuals at highest risk of gun violence involvement.

The Qualitative Researcher will work with the READI team to help design and execute a qualitative research strategy that includes observations of program providers, longitudinal interviews with program participants, and surveys.  The Qualitative Researcher will be responsible for conducting primary data collection and leading qualitative data analysis.  READI is a high-stakes, high visibility project with a multitude of stakeholders and implementing partners across five community areas; as such, this position requires an individual who can facilitate data collection in a variety of modes effectively and with good judgment.  Prior experience living or working in the community areas in which READI operates  is strongly encouraged, as is prior experience conducting longitudinal interviews or managing large-scale qualitative data collection on sensitive topic areas such as violence, stress, and trauma.  This position requires an individual who is able to work well as part of a large research team.

  • Job Title: Embedded Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01807

The University of Chicago Crime Lab team is seeking a data scientist to work directly with the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Technical Services. Under the supervision of the Chief of Technology, the data scientist will utilize terabytes of structured data and contribute directly to statistical methodology and technology that enable the department to better understand crime and outcomes of interventions. This role will also help support localized crime analysis being done in the Department’s highest crime districts through the Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC). See below for more information on the SDSC initiative:

https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/projects/strategic-decision-support-centers

  • 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 Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR02020

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute scientific and intellectual leadership to the organization and our work. The primary role of the Research Director is to direct a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on reducing crime and violence and improving educational performance and attainment and other life outcomes for disadvantaged youth in addition to facilitating technical assistance work for government partners and strategic partners. In this role, the Research Director will provide scientific direction on all projects, ensure the rigor and quality of all work, manage and mentor research and project staff, and help to set and contribute to organizational priorities as part of the management team. The Research Director will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, other research directors, and with partner agencies. The Research Director will contribute to the scientific content of research proposals, and will assist the ED and other faculty affiliates in supporting fundraising, dissemination and policymaker outreach activities. The Research Director will also contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Crime and Education Lab should take on as well as management of staff and leadership on organizational initiatives.

Crime Lab New York

  • Job Title: Policy Analyst (Data Scientist)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01653

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 evaluating the effects of public policies. This position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers and policy-makers on projects with immediate real-world impact. In addition, the data scientist will collaborate closely with PhD-level economists and computer scientists, as well as Crime Lab leadership.

  • Job Title: Policy Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01652

Crime Lab New York is seeking a research analyst 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 evaluating the effects of public policies. This position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers and policy-makers on projects with immediate real-world impact. In addition, the data scientist will collaborate closely with PhD-level economists and computer scientists, as well as Crime Lab leadership.

  • Job Title: Research Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01962

Crime Lab New York is seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy projects that rigorously evaluate ways to prevent crime, help make the criminal justice system more effective and fair, and improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged and at-risk populations. Working in close coordination with the Executive Director and the Crime Lab research team, the Research Manager will be responsible for the daily management of a portfolio of projects. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers, as well as other project managers and research analysts.

Health Lab

  • 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.

  • 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: Temporary Outreach Worker
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01849

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking an Outreach Worker to support large-scale social policy research projects. The Outreach Worker will be responsible for performing outreach and engagement activities for up to ten individuals in the community, in order to facilitate the coordination of treatment, treatment planning and the development and implementation of individualized service plans for persons with mental illness. The Outreach Worker will work in a 2-person outreach team for 12 weeks from July to September, with consultation from Thresholds Clinic and supervision from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Chicago). The majority of the work will be conducted in the field.

Poverty Lab

  • Job Title: Research Analyst (Data Science)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01219

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 modern data science and traditional econometrics to original projects impacting homelessness, college access and completion, and workforce development.  The Research Analyst will contribute to a growing practice of developing 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 and machine learning approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. From project inception to delivery, the Research Analyst will contribute to all facets of data collection processing, 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 Urban Labs research staff and student research assistants.

  • Job Title: Finance and HR Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: JR01722

The University of Chicago Poverty Lab is seeking a full-time Finance and HR Manager to support the Executive Director in building a nimble and high-functioning organization. The Finance and HR Manager will report directly to the Executive Director, and will be supported by finance and HR staff at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Harris School of Public Policy. This is a great opportunity for an early career professional to learn about finance and HR in a fast-paced “startup” environment and to contribute to an innovative, mission-driven organization. The Finance and HR Manager with be responsible for budgeting and financial projections; staff recruitment, onboarding, and retention; and grant compliance.

  • 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. 

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