Project Associate

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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


UL Inclusive Economy Lab

About the Department

Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab conducts rigorous research that expands economic opportunity for people harmed by discrimination, disinvestment, and segregation. One of five Urban Labs based at the Harris School of Public Policy, the Inclusive Economy Lab is led by Pritzker Director Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business.
We partner with policymakers, community-based organizations and others to identify their most urgent and pressing challenges, co-generate evidence about what works, and translate findings into policy changes that end intergenerational poverty. By identifying barriers to social mobility and racial equity and highlighting the programs and policies that have the most positive impact, our work creates aims to create greater economic opportunity. We specialize in evaluating programs with the potential to improve lives in four main areas:
• College and Career Success
• Housing Stability
• Financial Security
• Quality Jobs

Job Summary

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • Contributes to the foundational activities of research studies and analytic projects, including:

  • Conducting thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature and best practice policy scans.

  • Writes human subjects permission protocols and amendments for IRB permission with support from manager, and obtains other research permits as needed.

  • Assists with the development of data collection protocols, management, and analysis, and conducts field research as needed.

  • Prepares sections of research results for reports, presentations, blog posts, and dissemination events, 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.

  • Provides administrative support for a research project.

  • Helps build the culture of the organization by joining enterprise-wide committees.

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts, and other documents.

  • 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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • First generation college students and those with lived experience in communities experiencing poverty and disinvestment are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference.

  • Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment.

  • Demonstrates an interest in and some knowledge of research theory, methods, and literature.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with others, both on internal teams and with external partners.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data.

  • Ability to navigate ambiguity during times of transition.

  • Ability to think independently and offer constructive upward feedback.

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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