Senior Research Project Manager

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD MED - General Internal Medicine - Baig Research Staff

About the Department

General Internal Medicine (GIM) has a rich tradition at The University of Chicago, dating back to the founding of the medical school in 1927. With the rising prominence of the medical subspecialties after World War II, the Department of Medicine reaffirmed its commitment to GIM in 1969: ‘Every trainee must receive intensive, comprehensive training in General Medicine as an optimal base for advanced training, whether in a subspecialty or General Internal Medicine.’ Under the leadership of Dr. Alvin Tarlov (Chair of Medicine, 1968-81), The University of Chicago led a national effort to reestablish academic sections of General Internal Medicine. In 1973, the Section of General Internal Medicine was organized to include separate GIM inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services. The Section of General Internal Medicine assumed responsibility for house staff training and for relationships with community hospitals. A fellowship program was established for trainees interested in academic GIM and educational leadership. With the support from our Department Chairs since 1968, GIM research has flourished at The University of Chicago, with faculty recognized as national leaders in the areas of medical ethics, health economics and policy, health services and outcomes research.

Job Summary

The Senior Research Project Manager will work closely with physician-investigator Dr. Arshiya Baig and a multidisciplinary team on a research study implementing and evaluating diabetes interventions in community health centers across the Midwest and Chicago based health systems. The Senior Research Project Manager will coordinate the research team at UChicago, the Midwest Clinician’s Network, and collaborating universities and health systems and serve as the main project contact for partner organizations and clinical sites. The Senior Research Project Manager will also assist with intervention development and lead evaluation planning, and instrument design; oversee data collection and management; contribute to abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts; and ensure fidelity to study timeline and goals. The Senior Research Project Manager will oversee and manage other staff including but not limited to medical students and undergraduate research assistants.

The Senior Research Project Manager will assist with project design; oversee implementation of projects, including planning new data collection procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project; and make significant contributions to methodology. The Senior Research Project Manager will possess strong management, analytical, quantitative and writing skills.

The Senior Research Project Manager will be responsible for orchestrating the day-to-day activities of all research projects, including creating, implementing, monitoring & updating recruitment project plans; facilitating meetings and training sessions with appropriate parties; tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained. Other responsibilities include: monitoring, analyzing & reporting research study progress in a quantifiable manner; resolving &/or escalating issues in a timely manner. To oversee data collection, evaluation and analysis the Senior Research Project Manager will: design surveys and design and manage databases; manage large scale survey administration; design focus group and interview guides; conduct interviews and focus groups; manage chart abstraction for patient medical records; provide support and coaching to research and clinical staff; conduct literature reviews; develop and update IRB protocols for individual studies; train and oversee the work of research support personnel; write reports, articles and manuscripts; present research findings at meetings, conferences, and community forums as well as to funding agencies and other community-level and policy-level stakeholders. May manage other administrative aspects of the research project, including tracking project expenditures, participating in funding negotiations, and assisting with grant and manuscript preparation.

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • Lead and coordinate and oversee execution of research projects and perform complex research related duties and tasks.

  • Manage the day-to-day activities and the overall workflow of projects.

  • Responsible for having a working knowledge and awareness of all project components and initiatives.

  • Perform literature searches and contribute to writing manuscripts.

  • Manage Institutional Review Board processes and contracts and reliance agreements

  • Provide training and oversight to research support personnel, students, and volunteers.

  • Build data collection instruments and databases.

  • Provide support to the research team by recruiting subjects, designing surveys, planning and conducting individual and focus group interviews, and collecting and analyzing some qualitative and quantitative data, as necessary.

  • Present research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences.

  • Plan, facilitate and lead team meetings and webinars.

  • Work independently and within teams on special non-recurring and ongoing projects.

  • Provide technical assistance to collaborators in executing research procedures and in data collection.

  • Maintain working relationships with collaborative community and research partners.

  • Maintain secure shared files for off-site and on-site management of research instruments and study documents.

  • Manage project equipment and supplies.

  • Oversee budget and purchase of study related materials.

  • Assist with the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports.

  • Assess timeline and advance planning for project related tasks.

  • Coordinate and provide reports to Data Safety Monitoring Board.

  • Strategize and anticipate next steps for projects and address challenges in meeting timeline.

  • Compete reports required by NIH and funders.

  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandate.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in health or research related field.


  • Experience working in health care, social service, or low-income community setting.

  • Working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis software.

  • Working knowledge of REDCap.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Highly self-motivated.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Creativity and adaptability.

  • Ability to make short- and long-term project plans.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and demands.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with stakeholders at partner organizations.

  • Ability to train and supervise others, including students, volunteers, and other support staff.

  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality.

  • Ability to exercise discretion regarding confidential project matters.

  • Demonstrated computer literacy and computing skills sufficient for effective use of diverse managerial and administrative computer applications, technical writing, word processing, and spreadsheets.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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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