Analyst, Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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



About the Department

At the Center for RISC, our mission is to generate breakthrough solutions to the world’s most difficult social problems. Our team holds degrees from the world’s leading universities, and our Analysts have trained in the fields of data science, economics, political science, applied mathematics, and more.

The Center for RISC is the brainchild of Steven Levitt, professor of economics at the University of Chicago and co-author of Freakonomics. We are not an academic group or research lab. Instead, we investigate today’s social issues by combining unconventional perspectives with empirical data, generating radical solutions with real-world relevance. We then test and scale those solutions through a mix of partnerships with academics, nonprofits, government agencies, international organizations, and private corporations.

After their time at RISC, our alumni have continued their distinguished paths, pursuing further education, embarking on projects abroad, and taking on roles in tech, academia, philanthropy, and beyond.

Job Summary

The Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change (RISC) at the University of Chicago is looking to hire a unique group of Analysts with different skills and backgrounds to work with us on tackling the world’s biggest problems. Analysts will be responsible for researching the root causes of various social issues, proposing tangible and creative solutions, and piloting those solutions, collaborating with outside partners as appropriate.


  • Manages projects related to pressing social issues.
  • Quickly gets up to speed on problem areas by conducting academic literature reviews, conversing with experts and potential partners, analyzing data, and reviewing news articles and popular media.
  • Identifies constructive approaches and presents findings to colleagues, partners, and funders.
  • Pilots new and unconventional solutions, either working with outside partners or driving an initiative within RISC. Solutions could range from building prototypes of new products to designing incentive structures to conducting surveys.
  • 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 duties as assigned.

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.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis, manipulation, and visualization, e.g., R, Stata, Excel, SQL, Python.
  • Web and/or software development experience.
  • Product, UX, and/or human-centered design experience.
  • Communications and/or media skills (e.g., social media management, graphic design).
  • Experience with RCT/experimental design and implementation in a social science field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Self-starter, able to juggle multiple priorities with minimal oversight.
  • Intensely curious, eager to dive into new issue areas and draw conclusions.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity; break down large problems and identify new directions without clear right answers.
  • Comfortable changing your mind in the face of new information. As in Freakonomics, our analyses sometimes leads to unexpected findings which may contradict prevailing beliefs.
  • Highly resilient. We work on some of the world’s most intractable problems; good Analysts are able to overcome setbacks without being discouraged.
  • Strong communicator who can introduce ideas effectively, whether in writing or in presentations.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively on a small team, wearing multiple hats and honing our ad-hoc processes.
  • Comfortable working with and drawing conclusions from data.
  • You are inspired by our mission! No prior social good experience is necessary. We want people who are interested in our work, regardless of previous paths.

Working Conditions

  • Located/Relocate near the Chicago area. Employees will be expected in the office 2-3 days per week.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Response to the question, How do you want to change the world? (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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