Research Assistant

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023


BSD PSY - Keenan Lab

About the Department

To honor our promise to always put our patients first and to be ever mindful of each patients dignity and individuality, we must also be at the forefront of transformative discovery and innovation in psychiatric care.

Job Summary

Are you passionate about reducing health disparities that disproportionately affect the Black/Africa-American community? If yes, we have a research assistant opportunity that may be a good fit for you! The Nutrition and Pregnancy Study is currently seeking a research assistant to support a new sub-study designed to test the association among prenatal DHA levels, pregnancy stress reactivity, and early childhood asthma and atopy among African American women and their children living in low-income, urban environments. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kate Keenan, the research assistant will help with recruitment, collecting and processing biospecimens (including pediatric blood and saliva samples, and nasal swabs), performing pediatric spirometry assessments, conducting assessments of pediatric atopic dermatitis, administering surveys, and extracting medical record data. There will also be opportunities to support other studies and to participate in data analysis and dissemination. The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends is strongly preferred.


  • Recruit and screen research volunteers: screen medical records, send letters, make calls, send emails, and conduct home visits.

  • Schedule and conduct research sessions with mothers and children, perform asthma and atopic physical assessments, obtain saliva samples for cortisol assays, collect and process blood samples and nasal swabs, administer computerized questionnaires, oversee safety and well-being of participants, respond appropriately in case of medical or psychiatric emergencies.

  • Enter, manage, and analyze computerized data, prepare protocols for Institutional Review Board a, conduct preliminary data analysis; manage electronic records of research volunteers.

  • Schedule and coordinate orientation sessions to explain procedures, practice tests; coordinate activities of other laboratory members, maintain office and laboratory supplies and records of expenses.

  • Resolve problems with computers.

  • This job provides technical and administrative support in a laboratory environment performing basic laboratory techniques, research and analysis under direction.

  • Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • One year relevant research experience, including experience collecting biometric data, performing diagnostic assessments of nursery school aged populations, and outreach efforts, specifically study recruitment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Knowledge of a statistical analysis package (i.e., SPSS, STATA, R).

Preferred Competencies

  • Interactive Communication.

  • Project Management.

  • Statistical analysis.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to work autonomously.

Working Conditions

  • Work independently.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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