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13760 Urban Crime Labs
About the Unit
By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy and environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs’ evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. In sum, UChicago Urban Labs: • Identifies promising solutions to urban challenges • Tests the most promising urban policies and programs • Scales-up the most effective and cost-efficient policies and programs. For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to http://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu. Crime Lab and Education Lab New York (CLNY) is an independent, non-profit research center of the University of Chicago committed to using science to help cities improve the quality of urban life. We gather national experts who span disciplines to develop data-driven approaches and generate rigorous, objective, scientific evidence about what works in reducing crime and addressing critical problems facing society. Crime Lab partners with city agencies, civic organizations and others and use data to identify, develop and evaluate interventions that can be measured and replicated. Our work employs innovations in natural experimentation, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and predictive analytics. We use these tools to help policymakers identify and target interventions, make the best use of public resources, and benefit New York’s most disadvantaged citizens. Crime Lab New York regularly seeks out passionate, public service-minded individuals to join our team. Crime Lab employees are committed to creating a collaborative, fast-paced and high-energy office that is open and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds and life experiences. We prioritize developing a workforce that is as diverse as the city in which we work. Crime Lab New York 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 essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment. For more information about the Crime Lab New York, please visit: www.crimelabnewyork.org.
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
Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.
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 direction.
The job participates in 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.
1) Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan., 2) Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates., 3) Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process., 4) Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject., 5) Performs other related work as needed.
1) Contributes to study design and coordinates implementation options with program partners; manages subject selection and randomization process; travels to program sites to monitor and assess implementation
2) Oversees University of Chicago IRB procedures and maintains confidentiality of participants information; ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates
3) Works with PI and Grants Manager to develop budgets and coordinate all aspects of grant submission to federal and foundation funding agencies; manages progress reports, performance, or financial reporting as required by the granting agency; monitors anticipated and actual costs charged to project budgets, regularly communicates these to Grant Manager, to identify and prevent potential overruns
4) Develops and disseminates necessary project materials to research team and partner agencies. This could include preparing project memo, reports, presentations, and academic papers targeting both policymakers, academic researchers and other stakeholders
5) Advises other research staff on project budget development, IRB procedures, and funding proposals
6) May supervise other research staff and provide guidance on professional development, goal setting, and lab- or organization-wide opportunities
7) Support the development and/or management of policies, procedures, and standards for the Crime and Education Labs, including project planning and communications templates
8) In partnership with Research Directors, Executive Director, and/or Sr. Research Analysts assists with internal coordination and management of data request to partner agencies
9) May conduct and manage the data analysis process to ensure proper data collection to evaluate program progress and feasibility
10) Other duties as assigned
1) Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail
2) Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
3) Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders
4) Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision
5) Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences
6) Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement
7) Knowledge and understanding of crime policy and violence research literature
Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
1) Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, sociology, or a closely related field; advanced degree.
1) Experience developing and managing project budgets.
2) Experience writing and managing amendments to the original protocols.
3) Experience developing fundraising proposals for multiple funding sources, including private foundations and federal agencies.
4) Experience with quantitative data analysis to support the research design.
5) Previous experience working in a research organization or managing research projects.
6) Previous fieldwork experience.
2) Cover Letter
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
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