Research Coordinator

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2023


BSD PED - Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation - Pediatric Cancer Data Commons: Contracts Management

About the Department

The Biological Sciences Division’s ‘Data for the Common Good’ (D4CG), is a rapidly growing team of experts in medicine, clinical research, public health, data standards, data infrastructure and programming, data governance and international data sharing. Headquartered in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Data for the Common Good works to connect and share disparate data sets in order to alter long standing research paradigms and enable the study of new research questions that drive cures. Its signature flagship project, the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC), houses the world’s largest set of clinical data for pediatric cancer, uniting clinical data from across five continents for almost all types of pediatric cancer. Leveraging its expertise in establishing data commons, Data for the Common Good is expanding to create similar infrastructure across other rare diseases, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and adult cancers, as well as a university-wide initiative called the Sociome, a scalable and extensible infrastructure and architecture that will ultimately assemble, quantify and organize the entirety of social context experienced by every individual.

Job Summary

The Research Coordinator provides support to the project management team within D4CG. The research coordinator will be involved in multiple research projects including international data consortium progression and sustainment, with special emphasis on the early stage development of a widely available ecosystem for patients, providers and researchers to access a broad range of data and recommendations for cancer survivor’s care. The research coordinator works under the general direction of the D4CG Senior Project Manager.

This at-will position is wholly 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.

Our department follows a hybrid work structure that fosters productivity, collaboration, and employee well-being. Working from the office is encouraged for tasks that require a high degree of collaboration.


  • Conducts all aspects of recruitment and participation in qualitative research study including outreach, screening, consent, enrollment, participant follow up, recording and analysis of focus groups and individual interviews.

  • Recruit potential study participants with guidance from PI and other clinical research staff.

  • Review scientific literature for relevant web-based applications and designs for cancer survivors.

  • Assist with the design and submission of recruitment materials, protocol and oral consent documents, final interview and focus groups instruments for IRB review.

  • Participate in regular meetings and prepare meeting materials, including notes, summaries, action items and tracking progress of project clearly and timely.

  • Coordinate participant interviews and lead all confirmation communication Train in the coding of interview transcripts, code transcripts, organize coded excerpts.

  • Support and contribute to manuscript development and submission.

  • Plans and coordinates participant schedule for study procedures and follow up.

  • Assist with preparation and attend focus groups and individual interviews.

  • Educates participants about study procedures to be performed, visit schedule and follow up.

  • Coordinate the conduct of the study from startup through closeout including recruitment and screening of study subjects, obtaining informed consent, collecting research data, and ensuring protocol adherence.

  • Prepares for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specifically 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.

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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in a health related field.


  • Two years of experience working in an academic setting.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to communicate in writing.

  • Ability to communicate orally.

  • Ability to develop and manage interpersonal relationships.

  • Ability to exercise absolute discretion regarding confidential matters.

  • Ability to follow written and/or verbal instructions.

  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion.

  • Ability to handle stressful situations.

  • Ability to learn and develop skills.

  • Ability to pay attention to detail.

  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as member of a team.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Strong data management skills and attention to detail.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Ability to read and understand complex documents.

  • Ability to handle competing demands with diplomacy and enthusiasm.

  • Ability to Absorb large amounts of information quickly.

Working Conditions

  • Eligible for hybrid work based on business needs and the demands of specific tasks. Working from the office is encouraged for tasks that require a high degree of collaboration.

Application Documents

  • Resume (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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