Company: University of Chicago
Location: New York
Posted on: January 16, 2020
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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, 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
(https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/). 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 This
position is located in New York, NY.
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
Facilitates and promotes a research project or contributes to the
scientific direction of a research resource.
P2: Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline; still
acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of
the organization, processes and customers. Solves a range of
straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using
standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and
The job facilitates and promotes a research project or contributes
to the scientific direction of a research resource. Receives a
moderate level of guidance and direction.
1) Serves as a resource for collecting data and performing
analysis. Contributes to facilitating and promoting a research
project by providing scientific or intellectual information., 2)
Reviews laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manage
complex data sets for research., 3) Leads the contributions to
scientific writing and publications, including protocols and
grants., 4) Trains new laboratory personnel., 5) Performs other
related work as needed.
1) Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field.
2) Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods.
3) Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
4) Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain
5) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
6) Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment.
7) Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask
and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on
tight deadlines with little supervision.
8) 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
2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
1) Applicants should have a PhD degree in public policy, economics,
criminology, education, data science, computer science, statistics
or other relevant field with substantial policy and research
experience or defended your dissertation by Spring 2020.
2) Applicants in the final stages of dissertation review will be
1) Expertise in research design, methods, and evaluation of
research projects in the area of social policy.
2) Ability to write and review code in Stata and/or R.
3) Familiarity with machine learning algorithms.
4) Ability to write and review code in Python.
2) Cover letter
3) Writing sample
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under
the RESUME/CV section of the application.
Depends on Qualifications
SCHEDULED WEEKLY HOURS
DRUG TEST REQUIRED
HEALTH SCREEN REQUIRED
MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD INQUIRY REQUIRED
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