Updated: about 1 year ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

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13760 Urban Crime Labs

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are faculty-driven research centers that try to improve social conditions in American cities by partnering closely with local, state and federal government agencies to carry out the highest-quality scientific studies. The labs are led by Jens Ludwig and Harold Pollack of the University of Chicago, Jonathan Guryan of Northwestern University and Pat Sharkey of New York University, and carry out research projects in collaboration with a national network of leading experts in fields such as economics, public policy, sociology, behavioral science, and computer science. Examples of some of our past projects include: several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of behavioral science interventions to reduce crime and dropout in Chicago (Heller, Shah, Guryan, Ludwig, Mullainathan and Pollack, 2017, Quarterly Journal of Economics), the results of which were cited by the Washington Post as one inspiration for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative; a RCT of a large-scale summer jobs programs for disadvantaged youth in Chicago (Heller, 2015, Science), which has helped inform Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s anti-violence initiatives; and a study that highlights the potential for improving the criminal justice system using machine learning methods, but also the new social science-type challenges that arise in exporting those tools to policy applications (Kleinberg, Lakkaraju, Leskovec, Ludwig and Mullainathan, 2018, Quarterly Journal of Economics), which has led to a partnership with New York City government to build a new citywide system to help judges make bail decisions. We have a full-time staff of nearly 70 in offices located in downtown Chicago (across from city hall) and New York City (also across from city hall), which includes PhD-level research directors, data scientists, and program managers. We are funded by research grants from foundations such as the Arnold, Joyce, MacArthur, McCormick, and Pritzker foundations, federal government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Education and US Department of Justice, and private individuals, as well as ongoing core operating support from the University of Chicago. Previous Crime and Education lab projects have been featured in national news outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PBS News Hour, and National Public Radio. The Crime and Education Lab is part of the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs, a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five areas of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment ( We also are able to capitalize on the unique intellectual environment of the University of Chicago itself, which has been one of the world’s leading research universities since its founding in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller with over 90 former students and faculty having been recipients of the Nobel Prize.

Job Family

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job Level
Research Professional

Facilitates and promotes a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource.

M3: Provides leadership to managers and professional staff. Is accountable for the performance and results of multiple related teams. Develops departmental plans, including business, operational and/or organizational priorities. Decisions are guided by resource availability and functional objectives.

Role Impact
People Manager

The job manages multiple related teams of managers and professional staff responsible for a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource.

1) Manages, plans, and evaluates regulatory elements of multiple or complex research projects for a designated department, program, or central unit, 2) Ensures the identification, collection, and analysis of data that serve as a basis for outcome measurement of assigned research studies., 3) Monitors and follows a large caseload of study participants from study screening through end-of-study evaluations, including all necessary source documentation and data collection/entry., 4) Establishes standard operating procedures for continuous review and development of quality improvement plans for our unit. Advances research objectives through participation in professional committees and presentations. Ensures timely reporting of research data, following study specific guidelines., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Provide scientific direction on all projects, ensure the rigor, and quality of all work

2) Manage and mentor research and project staff

3) Help set and contribute to organizational priorities as part of the management team

4) Report to the Executive Director

5) Work collaboratively with senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, other research directors, and with partner agencies

6) Contribute to the scientific content of research proposals

7) Assist the Executive Director and other faculty affiliates in supporting fundraising, dissemination, and policymaker outreach activities

8) Contribute to strategic conversation about which new projects and initiatives the Crime and Education Lab should take on

9) Management of staff and leadership on organizational initiatives

Unit-Preferred Competencies

1) Strategic leadership skills.

2) Supervisory skills.

3) Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field.

4) Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods.

5) Knowledge of scientific applications.

6) Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.

7) Analytical skills.

8) Problem-solving skills.

9) Attention to detail.

10) Organizational skills .

11) Verbal and written communication skills.

12) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

13) Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

14) Knowledge of content areas – Crime and Education.

Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Ph.D in public policy, economics, criminology, education, statistics, computer science, or other relevant field with substantial policy and research experience or have defended your dissertation by Fall 2019.


1) The successful candidate will have expertise in all aspects of the research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects in the area of criminal justice or education policy or related area of social policy and an interest in finding and testing innovative solutions to urban problems. Preference will be given to those who understand and use methods of causal inference and who have proven experience working with interdisciplinary research teams and agency and community stakeholders.

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

3) Writing Sample

4) Reference Letters (optional)

5) Reference Contact Information

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

FLSA Status

Pay Frequency

Pay Grade
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours

Benefits Eligible

Drug Test Required

Health Screen Required

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

Posting Date

Remove from Posting On or Before

Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

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