Research Analyst

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


UL Urban Crime Lab

About the Department

Who We Are: 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 The Role: The UChicago Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking Research Analysts with strong technical skills to work on large-scale social policy research projects designed to reduce crime and improve educational outcomes. The analyst will work on a portfolio of projects across a variety of areas that span both criminal justice and education. The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling and data analysis techniques to datasets in real-world settings. From project inception to delivery, the Research Analyst will contribute to all facets of data collection and cleaning, model development, and implementation. 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 NYC-area universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistants. This position is part of the analyst career ladder at the Crime Lab and Education Lab. Research Analysts can grow their career and skills to a senior role as an Analytics Manager.

Job Summary

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.

  • Assists with literature reviews and drafting papers.

  • Analyzes data and prepares data tables, charts, and graphs for reports. Writes grant proposals for faculty throughout the unit.

  • Writes statistical computer programs and reviews computer output for consistency and quality.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, public policy, statistics, computer science, or a closely related field.

  • ​Master’s degree strongly preferred.


  • Relevant research experience strongly preferred. Experience gained in school counts towards qualifications.

  • 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.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Experience working with statistical programming languages (R or Python experience strongly preferred).

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong interest in data analysis strongly preferred.

  • Strong interest in social policy, especially crime and education policy, strongly preferred.

  • Strong quantitative skills strongly preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines strongly preferred.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail strongly preferred.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member strongly preferred.

  • Ability to work carefully with sensitive and confidential data strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge and understanding of crime, violence and/or education policy and research literature strongly preferred.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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