Associate Director, RFCDR Labs

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2023


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Job Summary

The Associate Director will supervise operations of the Roman Family Center for Decision Research (RFCDR) Labs, including managing and training research professionals and research assistants who conduct research in the labs, and providing oversight of the operations, systems, and facilities that support RFCDR research, specifically focusing on our Campus, Pop-up and Virtual Lab operations. The Associate Director will direct project management procedures for all research to be conducted in the labs by affiliated faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. In this capacity, the Associate Director will ensure all research projects are carried out successfully by RFCDR research professionals and research assistants, from the initial project request through the conclusion of the study.


  • Oversees, schedules, time-approves, hires, and trains research assistants and research professionals who will conduct research with participants in the labs. Serves as the primary managerial point of contact for RFCDR lab staff in the Campus, Virtual, and Pop-Up Labs.
  • Directs daily lab operations, including oversight of participant intake/consent procedures, organization and scheduling of daily studies conducted in the labs, maintenance of proper record-keeping of participant data and research management, as well as payment and incentives provided for participation.
  • Directs the project management procedures for studies conducted in the RFCDR labs by affiliated faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers, ensuring the full scope of work for each managed study is carried out appropriately by research professionals and research assistants.
  • Provides reporting to RFCDR Leadership about research operations as required. Leads and contributes to weekly RFCDR Lab staff meetings to report, review, and discuss operational procedures and outcomes.
  • Provides consulting for researchers on their study designs, on issues including technical requirements, recruitment considerations, and ethics-related issues, to help optimize and troubleshoot research studies to be carried out in the RFCDR Labs.
  • Contributes to the design and management of recruitment methods for the RFCDR labs for specific demographic and population needs, engineering creative solutions to recruit participants across lab locations as necessary, in coordination with the RFCDR Communications team and RFCDR lab managers.
  • Keeps up-to-date with Institutional Review Board policy and ethical guidelines in human subjects research, as well as state-of-the art methods and tools in behavioral science research. Provides support and best-practice recommendations to RFCDR researchers related to these guidelines and policies.
  • Reconciles research expenses using UChicago ePayment and GEMS online systems as necessary.
  • Develops and maintains productive relationships with organizational partners in support of the labs. Maintains communications with partners, including all necessary reporting to partner organizations.
  • Maintains excellent, timely communication regarding research operations with RFCDR faculty, students, postdocs, and staff. Assists with overarching communications, outreach, and events sponsored by the RFCDR (Think Better lecture series, etc.) as needed.
  • Uses subject matter and best practices knowledge to perform lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Works independently to assist with project design.
  • Solves complex problems relating to the administration of projects, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making significant contributions to methodology.
  • 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 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in the area of psychology, organizational behavior, or marketing.
  • Master’s or PhD.


  • At least two years of experience in conducting computer, web-based, and interpersonal interaction-based experiments.

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with behavioral science research methods.
  • Previous experience in managing research teams and research projects.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, presentation and organizational skills.
  • Handle multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Work independently with little supervision; possessing a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty, organizational partners, and members of the public, in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, email, phone.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach.

Working Conditions

  • This position is expected to work in the 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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