Project Associate

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Illinois: Chicago

13760 Urban Crime Labs

About the Unit
Who We Are The University of Chicago Urban Labs, launched in 2015, were established to create knowledge to address fundamental urban challenges, and to work with policy makers and practitioners to improve the human condition in cities worldwide. The Urban Labs seek to evaluate the most promising policies and programs across the domains of crime, education, energy & environment, health and poverty to generate gold-standard evidence about what works and why, and to support policy makers and practitioners to scale up programs and policies that can have a significant positive impact on human lives. The Urban Labs team rigorously evaluates promising policies and interventions to make them as informative as possible. Our goal is to assemble a portfolio of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and other rigorous evaluative methods 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. For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to Five Labs. One Approach. UChicago Urban Labs: • \tUse research and evidence to understand how cities can work better • \tTest the most promising, cost-effective policies and programs • \tWork with civic partners to implement and evaluate solutions in real time • \tScale solutions to cities around the country and the world

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Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs are seeking a Project Associate with strong technical skills to support large-scale social policy research projects. The Project Associate 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 a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants from the Chicago office.


  • Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature.
  • Writes human subjects permission protocols and amendments for IRB permission, and obtains other research permits as needed.
  • Assists with data collection, management, and analysis including cleaning and assembling the files for data analysis, and conducts field research as needed.
  • Prepares sections of research results, including proofing, formatting and creating tables and graphs.
  • Assists with the coordination of research activities, communications with partner agencies, and managing project deliverables.
  • Assists in writing grant proposals and preparing presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Strong interest in social policy required.
  • Strong quantitative skills required.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, oral, and written 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 criminal justice and/or education policy literature strongly preferred.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, public policy or other relevant field required.

  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required.
  • Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.
  • Experience managing datasets preferred.
  • Experience working on field experiments preferred.
  • Experience working with Stata or other statistical software packages preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of references

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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