Research Analyst

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

5060001 President's Staff

About the Unit
The University of Chicago is situated in an increasingly dynamic higher education landscape, with a range of challenges and opportunities related to its core mission of research and teaching. To maintain the university's upward trajectory, senior leaders are committed to informing strategic decisions with data and analysis. The Office of Institutional Analysis, located in the Office of the President, is an essential part of this growing capacity for evidence-based decision making. As envisioned by senior leadership, Institutional Analysis will not only be a resource sought out by others, but will independently pursue analysis on emerging issues facing the university and the higher education sector more broadly. With deep analytic expertise found across the university, Institutional Analysis will also help connect analysts and stakeholders beyond the office as part of a wider community of practice.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The successful candidate will join a growing team of research analysts, and play a key role in developing the university's capacity for strategic analysis.

The group reports to the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Analysis.


Depending on project needs and candidate experience, responsibilities may include:

  • Producing descriptive and exploratory data analyses.
  • Developing sophisticated analytic and predictive models.
  • Automating processes related to the collection, maintenance, and analysis of data.
  • Working with colleagues to collect and refine data.
  • Presenting to audiences across the university.

  • Self-motivated, curious, with a sense of humor.
  • Intellectually and methodologically omnivorous, able to synthesize as well as analyze.
  • Comfortable working independently and within a team.
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Capable of managing multiple tasks and deadlines.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Competencies:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced degree, particularly a research-based doctorate, in a quantitative field preferred.

  • At least two years of quantitative research experience in an academic or business setting. Relevant education may be substituted for work experience.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Statistical analysis: software packages such as Stata, SPSS, or R; predictive modeling; survey design; policy evaluation; GIS; network analysis.
  • Programming and “big data”: experience with scripting and analysis in Python; interest in large datasets and unstructured data; data warehousing; automation; web services; SQL.
  • Visualization: JavaScript-based visualization libraries such as D3; advanced design of visualizations in R, Python, or Tableau; “data journalism”; interactivity and user experience.
  • Subject matter expertise: organizational behavior; institutional design and incentive structures; the challenges of nonprofit management.
  • Office productivity software: experience with (or willingness to learn) the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Candidates may be asked to submit a sample of their work

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 10/9/2018
Application Due: 12/4/2018
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