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 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: 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.

Crime Lab

  • 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: Research Director
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: 102508

The Role

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute to the scientific and intellectual leadership for the Crime Lab. In this role the Research Director will help to manage and mentor research and project staff, providing scientific direction and ensuring the rigor and quality of all work. The Research Director would also be expected to direct a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on reducing crime and violence and improving life outcomes for disadvantaged youth.

Energy & Environment Lab

  • Job Title: Research Fellowship
  • Desired Start Date: 01.01.2018

The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab invites applications for full-time research fellows who will be located in Denver, Colorado 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.

To apply, please send your resume, transcript, and a writing sample to epic.predoctoralfellowship@gmail.com.

  • 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.

Health Lab

  • 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 Assistant (Temporary)
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Requisition Number: 103979

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.

  • 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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