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Chicago, IL 60637
UL Urban Crime Lab Analysts
About the Department
In cities across the country, people face high rates of gun violence, under-resourced schools, and social harms associated with the criminal justice system — all of which disproportionately impact people of color. These inequalities have profound consequences on public safety and opportunity. As a society we have failed to address these challenges, in part, because of our lack of understanding of the most effective and cost-effective solutions that can have a real impact on people’s lives. We believe that rigorous research can help. The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab partner with cities and communities to use data and rigorous research to design, test, and scale programs and policies that enhance public safety, improve educational outcomes, and advance justice. Our mission is to combine world-class data science and research, in partnership with government agencies, to substantially improve the effectiveness of the public sector and achieve impact at scale. To learn more about the Crime Lab and Education Lab, visit https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/labs/crime.
The job performs a range of activities to support the statistical design and implementation of research analysis. Uses knowledge of statistics to communicate analyses for research proposals and draft reports detailing their results. Follows objectives and procedures for sampling, randomization, data collection, analysis, and quality control.
- Works with partners and members of the research team to propose and implement analytical approaches to solving specific research questions.
- Cleans, transforms, merges, and matches between large and complex research and administrative datasets.
- Builds statistical models for a variety of research projects.
- Performs sampling, power analysis, and randomization.
- Prepares results for memos, presentations, and academic papers targeting both policymakers and researchers.
- Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
- Performs a range of activities to facilitate the design of research project and the publication of their results. Uses knowledge of statistics to help develop objectives and statistical procedures for the project.
- Analyzes data and prepares data tables, charts, and graphs for reports. Writes grant proposals for faculty throughout the unit.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
- Master’s degree in economics, sociology, public policy, statistics, computer science, or a closely related field.
- A minimum of one year of relevant research experience. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.
- Experience working with statistical programming languages R or Python strongly preferred.
- Please highlight any experience in the following areas: Working with large, complex, and/or administrative datasets; working with field experiments or randomized controlled trials; program evaluation methods (e.g., difference-in-differences, propensity score matching, regression discontinuity); creating data visualizations; conducting power analysis; imputing missing data.
- Strong interest in data analysis.
- Strong interest in social policy, especially crime and education policy.
- Strong quantitative skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
- Ability to work carefully with sensitive and confidential data.
- Knowledge and understanding of crime, violence and/or education policy and research literature.
- Resume (required)
- Cover Letter (required)
- Reference Information (required)
When applying, the document(s) *MUST*be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
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All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.
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