Part-time Project Assistant
University of Chicago
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 https://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/labs/crime. The Role: The Temporary Research Assistant is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. This position will be part-time for approximately 19.5 hours per week.
About the Department
The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.
Data entry, reviewing and cleaning.
Statistical analysis and modeling.
Writing, formatting, and editing reports and works for dissemination.
Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).
Significant progress towards a degree in a social science discipline such as economics, public policy, statistics etc., with a strong background in mathematics and statistics.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience with at least one statistical package required, STATA, or R.
Interest in and aptitude for developing advanced programming and analytic skills for working with administrative data.
Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to synthesize multiple sources.
Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Sound critical thinking skills.
Cover Letter (required)
References (3) (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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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.
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