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2021 Analyst application is now live!

Note: On the official application page, you will see a standard job description required by University of Chicago regulations that we cannot alter. Please refer to this page in order to understand the responsibilities of the job and the qualities we are looking for.

We require (1) a 250-word response to the prompt 'Develop and defend an unconventional way to address a large-scale social problem' and (2) an unofficial transcript in addition to a one-page resume. Please make sure to upload all of these items in the CV/Resume file upload space.

Application Deadline: 11:59PM CDT October 18th

This position has a start date of August, 2021.

RISC is:

  • A nonprofit founded by Steve Levitt, author of Freakonomics
  • A cross between a think tank, an incubator, a research lab, and a consultancy
  • Using behavioral science and an outsiders’ critical eye to explore potentially paradigm-breaking ideas (think of us as Freakonomics, applied)
  • A small, collaborative team that works together closely across issue areas

RISC is not:

  • A political advocacy group or a DC think tank -- we engage across the private and public sectors, but we do not work on passing legislation.
  • An academic or predoctoral group -- while we do use experimental design tools in our work, our main focus is on doing good, not testing it.

Job Summary:

RISC is seeking analysts to join our fast-growing team in fall 2021. Analysts will be responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative research on a wide variety of social problems and working with organizational partners to pilot creative solutions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects related to pressing social issues
  • Conduct background research, through academic literature reviews, conversations with experts, reading popular media, and data analysis
  • Identify constructive approaches and present findings to colleagues, partners, and funders
  • Work with organizational partners to pilot new and unconventional solutions ranging from applying cutting-edge technology to designing incentive structures to changing public opinion


You are:

  • A recent or 2021 graduate with a bachelor’s degree
  • A self-starter, able to juggle multiple priorities with minimal oversight
  • Curious and creative, with a demonstrated ability to research a new topic and draw conclusions
  • A strong communicator who can communicate complex ideas effectively, whether verbally, in writing, or in presentations, and can incorporate multiple viewpoints into a final product
  • Able to work collaboratively and effectively on a small team, wearing multiple hats and honing our ad-hoc processes
  • Inspired by our mission!

We seek to build a team of varied and complementary backgrounds, skill sets, and perspectives. While the below are not requirements, if you can bring one or several of these characteristics to the table, be sure to highlight this in your application:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis, manipulation, and visualization, e.g. R, Stata, Excel, SQL, Python
  • RCT/experimental design and implementation in a social science field
  • Demonstrated qualitative research skills, e.g. surveying or focus groups
  • Project management experience
  • Design, communications, and/or media skills (e.g. web design, HTML, social media management, graphic design)
  • Product, UX, and/or human-centered design
  • Subject matter expertise around a particular social issue or dimension thereof
  • Life experience or academic training that informs a unique and creative framework for thinking about the world’s biggest problems

Apply here by October 18th.