Research Specialist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2023


BSD MED - Infectious Diseases - Chicago Center HIV Elimination - Implementation Research

About the Department

The Chicago Center of HIV Elimination (CCHE), embedded within the University of Chicago's main campus in Hyde Park, is located in Chicago's HIV epicenter. Of the 20 neighborhoods in the city with high annual HIV diagnosis rates (greater than 40 per 100,000), 13 of them are no more than eight miles from the University of Chicago. This area includes 4 of the 6 communities with the highest annual diagnosis rates in the city (Washington Park, West Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing and South Shore). Our position within the hardest hit neighborhoods in Chicago provides unique opportunities to advance HIV testing and prevention interventions locally, providing tangible results to those most affected and to improve the lives of those living with and without HIV infection. The mission of CCHE is to eliminate new HIV transmission events over the next 30 years (from 2011 to 2041) by using network science to target and integrate prevention as well as address structural inequalities among target populations and create community-specific interventions.

Job Summary

The Research Specialist will be involved in recruitment/retention efforts, community member enrollment, data collection and project coordination/administration. The candidate will assist with the development of study implementation protocols, literature reviews, development of grant proposals and research papers, and depending on skill set, may engage in data management and analysis.

This position is grant funded.


  • Supports recruitment by screening for eligibility and consenting community members.
  • Delivers assessments, interventions, and controls.
  • Supports data entry and analysis.
  • Offers referrals to service programming when appropriate.
  • Conducts literature reviews and supports manuscript and grant writing.
  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
  • May assist recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Is developing skills in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
  • 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 related field.


  • Research experience focused in an academic, or equivalent environment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, Word.

Preferred Competencies

  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and prioritize multiple, competing demands.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexible and creative problem solving skills.
  • Maintain participant confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills.
  • Work on multiple projects and take direction from Research Coordinators, Director of Research and/or PI.
  • Take direction and prioritize multiple, competing administrative tasks.
  • Strong note-taking skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficient electronic communication skills.

Working Conditions

  • Occasionally work non-traditional hours.

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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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