Research Analyst

May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs' evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. In sum, UChicago Urban Labs: - Identifies promising solutions to urban challenges - Tests the most promising urban policies and programs - Scales-up the most effective and cost-efficient policies and programs For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to

Unit Job Summary: The Role The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking two Research Analysts 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. Each 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 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 NYC-area universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistant. Duties and Responsibilities: - Data cleaning, merging, matching, sampling, modeling, and randomization. - Data analysis and dataset management across multiple projects. - Prepares results for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic researchers - Assists with literature reviews and drafting papers - Other duties as assigned To apply: Submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and unofficial transcripts

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, sociology public policy, statistics, computer science, or a closely related field required; advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement. Experience working with Stata, SAS, R or other programming languages required. Experience working with large and complex datasets strongly preferred. Experience working on field experiments preferred. Experience working with GIS and UNIX servers preferred. Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong interest in social policy required. Strong quantitative skills required. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines required. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required. Excellent data visualization ability required. Ability to work both independently and as a team member required. Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data required. Knowledge and understanding of crime policy, violence and/or education research literature preferred.