Research Assistant, Nutrition for Precision Health
University of Chicago
The newly created Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH), located in the Biological Sciences Division, will integrate a wide spectrum of factors such as human health behaviors, environmental factors, social and economic factors, policies and genetic determinants of health, into studies focused on the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the maintenance of wellness.
About the Department
Leveraging and integrating the University of Chicago’s considerable institutional strength in population science with research spanning diverse fields such as genetic medicine, cancer epidemiology, microbiome, and epigenomics, the Institute will have the common goal of improving human health outcomes. Another major goal of the Institute will be to develop a new multidisciplinary training program to equip researchers with emerging tools and methods to conduct precision health research within a population health framework. Our faculty lead research projects in biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe.
This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by extramural funds (e.g., grant, gift, endowment) which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor. Your employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these extramural funds and your satisfactory job performance. If this position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of extramural funding, you will be given a minimum of one pay period’s written notice (If exempt: 30 days, If non-exempt: 2 weeks), or pay in-lieu of notice.
This position provides technical support activities related to documents, analyzes, and reports on clinical research data. Provides input to support the strategic, administrative, operational, and financial decisions that impact clinical research conducted across the University.
This at-will position is wholly or partially 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.
- Collects and maintains biometric data and biospecimens.
- Introduces patients at the UCMC and in the communities in the Community Mobile Clinic Van to the research study, answers questions pertaining to participation and consent, and may assist in administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols.
- Performs blood draws and processing of blood and urine samples.
- Packages and ships biological samples to an outside lab.
- Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the UChicago Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
- Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
- Responsible for other duties such as preparing charts for the participant visits, setting up and cleaning the exam rooms before and after the visits, entering data as needed, performing data and equipment quality control checks, etc.
- Performs specific protocol procedures (specimens and data management, survey/questionnaire administration and the like) required to conduct the study and retain research subjects.
- Understands protocols and may collect information about adverse events (AEs), identified in the protocol or investigator brochure.
- Prepares for or participate in quality assurance audits under supervision or following specific protocol procedures.
- 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.
Education:Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).
- Bachelor's degree in epidemiology, public health or closely related field.
- One year of relevant research experience including experience with outreach efforts, study recruitment, and collecting biometric data.
- Phlebotomy experience.
- Wet lab sample processing experience.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Microsoft Office.
- Knowledge in relevant scientific field.
- Research techniques or methods.
- Regulatory policies and procedures.
- Analytical skills.
- Problem-solving skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Organizational skills.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Work independently and as part of a team.
- On-campus, office and clinic locations.
- Occasional weekend/evening hours for recruiting events.
- Occasional events, mobile units in community.
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover Letter (preferred)
- References Contact Information (3)(preferred)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
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