Research Manager

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, US

Who We Are
The University of Chicago Urban Energy and Environment Lab focuses on identifying and testing ways to solve the world’s most urgent energy and environmental problems through cost effective and scalable programs or policies. Our goal is to assemble a portfolio of knowledge (using a variety of empirical methods ranging from “big data” and machine learning tools to randomized controlled trials) to generate new evidence about what works, for whom, and why, and to conduct benefit-cost analyses of different interventions to enable policymakers to prioritize resources for the combination of strategies that achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent.

In addition to carrying out the work above, the University of Chicago Urban Energy and Environment Lab also, on occasion, conducts pro bono technical assistance to government agencies in Chicago looking for rigorous data analysis and research support. The nature of our work as partners with government agencies requires adjusting to the pace of policymakers’ work. This way of working is atypical for most research organizations, but gives us an unprecedented opportunity to partner with policymakers to help them maximize the positive impact of policies and programs that can improve lives and the environment. For more information on the Urban Energy and Environment Lab go to:

Primary responsibilities include:

– Managing research partnerships (including managing projects with government agencies, non-profits, businesses and other community groups)
– Meaningfully contributing to the research design, analysis and implementation of directly policy relevant research projects
– Conducting statistical data analysis
– Ensuring compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates
– Writing, proofreading and fact-checking academic papers, reports and presentations
– Conducting and writing literature reviews
– Generating tables and graphs for academic papers, reports and presentations
– Preparing project memos, summaries, presentations, and manuscripts targeting both policymakers, academic researchers and other stakeholders, as needed
– He/she may supervise other research staff.
– Other Duties as Assigned.


– A bachelor’s degree in economics, energy economics, environmental science, urban planning, statistics, or closely related field is required.
– A master’s degree in economics, energy economics, environmental science, urban planning, statistics, or closely related field is strongly preferred


– A minimum of two years of relevant research experience preferred.
– Experience with at least one statistical package, including STATA, SAS or SPSS required.

– Strong background in mathematics and statistics required.
– Interest in and aptitude for developing advanced programming and analytic skills for working with large datasets required.
– Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail required.
– Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required.
– Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
– Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required.
– Knowledge and understanding of energy and environmental policy literature strongly preferred.

To apply
Submit a resume/CV, a cover letter briefly summarizing your research interests and interest in the position with the Energy and Environment Lab, writing sample, and unofficial transcripts.

About the University of Chicago

Founded in 1892 by John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is one of the world’s leading universities, with an extraordinary history of world-renowned research and education across a broad spectrum of fields. More than 80 Nobel laureates are associated with the University of Chicago, including eight current faculty members. One former senior lecturer is currently President of the United States. The University of Chicago is known for its excellent faculty, an increasingly strong and diverse student body, and a distinctive urban campus with strong community connections. In 2016, US News and World Report ranked the University of Chicago 3rd in its annual survey of the Best Colleges.

The University is home to over 2,274 faculty and academic personnel and students from 50 U.S. states and 72 countries. In the fall of 2016, the University enrolled 5,860 students in its undergraduate College and 9,866 students in its graduate and professional schools. Additionally, the University operates a major medical center; the nation’s largest academic press; two national laboratories (Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab); the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole; the renowned N-12 Laboratory Schools that have led many innovations in education; and four charter school campuses on the South Side of Chicago. The University also has a growing global presence with centers in Paris, Beijing and New Delhi.

Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on Lake Michigan, the University’s 211 acres were designated a botanic garden and feature traditional English Gothic and modern buildings designed by world-class architects.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.