Research Assistant (Temporary Position)
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POST DATE 4/8/2020
END DATE 4/21/2020
University of Chicago
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.
The Crime and Education Labs are hiring a summer research assistant to work closely with Professor Jens Ludwig and Sociology doctoral student Megan Kang on research for a book on crime and social policy. This position would be ideal for an undergraduate or graduate-level student interested in pursuing a career in social science research, policy evaluation, or possibly journalism. It offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of social science research and develop research skills. This paid position will be full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week during the summer, with the possibility of part-time work during the spring and fall of 2020. The option of working in the Crime Lab s downtown Chicago office (33 N. La Salle St.) or remote is fine.
* Create literature reviews on economic, sociological, psychological, and policy related research
* Read and condense key insights from books and news articles covering history, crime, poverty, child development, and social policy
* Fact check our book chapters based on the research literature and news sources
* Critical Thinking
* Excellent Written and Verbal Communication
* Regular Awareness of Current Events and Social Issues
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, OR CERTIFICATIONS:
* High School Diploma or GED required
* Prior research experience, including familiarity reading academic papers required, experience conducting original research is a plus.
* Cover Letter
* Writing Sample that demonstrates your research abilities
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the RESUME/CV section of the application.
Depends on Qualifications
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