Senior Research Assistant
University of Chicago
The newly created Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH), located in the Biological Sciences Division, will integrate a wide spectrum of factors such as human health behaviors, environmental factors, social and economic factors, policies and genetic determinants of health, into studies focused on the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the maintenance of wellness. Leveraging and integrating the University of Chicago’s considerable institutional strength in population science with research spanning diverse fields such as genetic medicine, cancer epidemiology, microbiome, and epigenomics, the Institute will have the common goal of improving human health outcomes. Another major goal of the Institute will be to develop a new multidisciplinary training program to equip researchers with emerging tools and methods to conduct precision health research within a population health framework. Our faculty lead research projects in biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.
About the Department
The job provides technical support activities related to documents, analyses, and reports on research studies. Provides input to support the strategic, administrative, operational, and financial decisions that impact research conducted across the University.
Collects and maintains biometric data and biospecimens.
Introduces patients at the UCMC and in the communities in the Community Mobile Clinic Van to the research study, answers questions pertaining to participation and consent, and may assist in administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
Performs blood draws and processing of blood and urine samples.
Will be responsible to package and ship biological samples to an outside lab.
Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the UChicago Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Responsible for other duties such as preparing charts for the participant visits, setting up and cleaning the exam rooms before and after the visits, entering data as needed, performing data and equipment quality control checks, etc.
Provide leadership and organization in the clinic and community settings for the Research Assistant Teams.
Ensure the itinerary and schedules are adhered to and that the team functions in a manner that supports the highest quality population research.
Assists the Study Coordinator/Research Manager with on-boarding and training new Research Assistants.
Perform specific protocol procedures such as interviewing subjects, taking vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms.
Understands protocols and advises treating physicians on appropriate dosage modifications or treatment calculations based on patient characteristics.
Prepares for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
Participates in study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).
Bachelor’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field.
Relevant research experience including experience with outreach efforts, study recruitment, and collecting biometric data.
Knowledge in relevant scientific field.
Knowledge of research techniques or methods.
Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.
Attention to detail.
Verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Cover Letter (preferred)
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Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
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