ITM Clinical and Translational Research Local Navigator

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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


BSD ITM - Hub Research Capacity

About the Department

The University of Chicago (UC) Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) was created in 2007 to assemble, integrate, and create the intellectual, administrative, and physical resources required to catalyze research and research training in Clinical and Translational Science. Its ultimate goals are to train scientists and health care providers at UC and in our community to determine the molecular, genetic, pathophysiologic, and social determinants of disease and disease predisposition in individuals; to test interventions directed toward those mechanisms; and to achieve these goals in a way that is rigorous, efficient, ethical, respectful of, and responsive to our community’s needs and values.

Over its fifteen years, the ITM has capitalized on the outstanding intellectual and physical resources throughout the University and at ITM affiliate Institutions, Rush University, Argonne National Laboratory, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Loyola University Medicine, Illinois Institute of Technology, Advocate Aurora Health System and Access Community Health Network, and on substantial institutional and CTSA financial investments, to build the infrastructure for a transformative, energized, and self-improving home for clinical and translational research, ensuring the continued progress of clinical and translational science at the University of Chicago, its affiliates, on the South Side of Chicago, and beyond.

Job Summary

The ITM Navigator will provide high-level assistance, counsel, and problem-solving resources to faculty and staff who seek the support and resources of the institute. Navigators will rely on broad clinical and translational knowledge and experience to quickly and accurately respond to questions and requests for help from anyone at an ITM-related institution and then provide expert guidance and connection to any necessary tools and resources.

Navigators will serve as a single point of contact for investigators and research staff at all ITM institutions who need information and resources to initiate or execute their clinical or translational research studies. Resources include but are not limited to resources within the ITM proper, existing at the local organization, available through another ITM institution, within the community, or from the CTSA consortium as a whole. All Navigators will work independently to provide high-level assistance, counsel, and problem-solving advice to faculty and staff who seek the support or resources of the ITM.

The UChicago Clinical and Translational Research Navigator is part of a multi-institutional team of Clinical and Translational Research Navigators and Community Research Navigators reporting to the Principal Navigator. Navigators must be an experienced research professional with broad and deep knowledge of the key domains of clinical and transitional research: start-up, regulatory, operational, compliance, and community engagement/participation matters.


  • Provides a single point of contact for investigators and research staff.
  • Partners with clinical and translational leaders at local institution to disseminate information about the ITM and identify opportunities to help. Attends relevant meetings.
  • Develops study-startup and implementation tools and resources both for use by all investigators but also those specifically needed at local institution.
  • Trains local staff on use of various tools and resources, as needed.
  • Develops an understanding of all ITM programs and services and how to access them, and connects investigators and staff to these as applicable.
  • Collaborates with ITM communications staff to development messaging/materials.
  • In collaboration with the Principal Navigator and ITM Evaluator, designs quality initiatives aligned with navigator program as a whole and ITM.
  • Maintains metrics and data needed to assess impact of program.
  • Analyzes, facilitates and participates in the daily activities of multiple moderately complex clinical trials and performs all aspects of clinical data management, including patient data retrieval, referring MD office records, preparing clinical research charts, and participation in program audits.
  • Solves a range of straightforward problems relating to the administration of the compliance, financial and other related aspects of a clinical study.
  • 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


  • Experience in a breadth of study types, data collection, interventional, observational, repository, community based, investigator initiated, FDA regulations, and federal grant funding strongly preferred.
  • Clinical research experience in a range of areas such as study start-up, regulatory, conduct, data management, finance, operations and compliance, strongly preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • ACRP/SoCRA certification, desired.

Preferred Competencies

  • Advocate for high-quality, ethical, safe, and feasible research projects, and to foster an atmosphere of accountability, all while maintaining the amicable, energetic engagement of the entire research team.
  • Outgoing, collegial individual who can positively interact with a broad range of inquirers and collaborators, communicating with tact and precision.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family


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Individual Contributor

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Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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