Research Associate

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024


BSD OBG - Generalists - PCORI Research

About the Department

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has 140 clinical providers, providing care at the main hospital in Hyde Park and seven off site locations. We have more than 68,000 outpatient visits, 28,000 ultrasound visits, 2,800 deliveries, and 3,300 surgeries per year. Teaching, research, and the highest quality clinical care are top priorities for the Department. The residency and fellowship programs are highly ranked and have a history of training leaders in healthcare. The Department also has a significant research enterprise, engaging in population health studies, as well as research conducted in wet laboratories on tumor biology, fibroid research, and hypertensive diseases in pregnancy. Additionally, the Section of Family Planning has established a unique research center, CI3, which focuses on reproductive policy and innovations in sexual and reproductive health. The department was ranked #16 on the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report.

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.

Job Summary

The Research Associate supports a PCORI funded research project examining clinical and patient benefits of breastfeeding peer counseling integrated into a clinical setting. The goal of the study is to reduce breastfeeding health disparities among Black and Latine women. Under general supervision, the Research Associate will work directly with the PIs, Research Assistants, Research Coordinators, and the Project Manager of an inter-institutional team to support patient recruitment and assessment for an inter-institutional multisite randomized control trial of the breastfeeding peer counselor intervention. The Research Associate will identify, recruit and enroll patients for a PCORI study in the department of Ob/Gyn. The research associate will obtain consent, administer exams and questionnaires, enter computer data into files, abstract charts, assist in preparation of materials for presentation and publication. The Research Associate will be responsible and accountable for assessing, implementing and evaluating the delivery of subject/patient care while fulfilling the daily requirements of medical research protocols. The position maintains a collaborative relationship with Investigators, inter-departmental staff and other research staff. The position is based at the University of Chicago medical campus and is fully in-person.


  • Actively participate in staff meetings and other department meetings.

  • Ongoing growth and development from participation in events such as workshops, in-service programs and departmental meetings.

  • Provision of care based on physical, psychological, educational, and related criteria, appropriate to the age and type of the patients/customers served.

  • Compliance with Endeavor Health Research Institute Guidelines: Knowledge and demonstration of Endeavor Health, Local, State, and Federal research regulations, Protocol initiation with IRB, Principal Investigators, and Sponsors, and Timely submission of research applications, revisions, periodic progress reports, budgets, and adverse events.

  • Protection of the Rights of Human Subjects including but not limited to informed consent regulations, completion of required NIH training and Endeavor Health RI research training, consent form preparation, processing and revisions, adherence to consent throughout study, adherence to protocol, and correct communication of protocol and research procedures to subject and significant others.

  • Conduct literature research for the development of study protocols and analyses.

  • Maintain and file appropriate documentation with IRB and grant making agencies.

  • Assist in the development of all study forms, necessary database programs and data collection/entry strategies with senior staff.

  • Read and understand the protocol and any other pertinent information for each scheduled study. Accountable for understanding and completing all protocol requirements.

  • Support PIs in initiating research studies.

  • Coordinate study requirements with other research personnel and adjust work schedule accordingly.

  • Communicate with other departments as needed to coordinate and conduct elements of research protocol.

  • Accurately answer questions presented by participants or refer them to proper person/resource.

  • Identify, recruit and enroll patients in clinical studies.

  • Administer questionnaires.

  • Maintain regular communication with study participants.

  • Abstract charts with attention to detail.

  • Responsible for accurate study treatment administration per protocols and drug accountability.

  • Monitor and evaluate clinical parameters and document appropriately for safety and protocol completion.

  • Communicate all study/protocol deviations and adverse events to the PI or MD in a timely and efficient manner to ensure subject care and safety.

  • Document adverse events, subject care, subject behavior, and other appropriate information in required detail.

  • Monitor subject accrual and quality assurance.

  • Maintain subject and sponsor confidentiality at all times.

  • Maintain accurate and organized documentation for each project.

  • Database creating and management including safekeeping files, entering data gathered during study, and ensuring data integrity.

  • Assist with analysis of collected data and creation of resulting manuscripts and posters.

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Maintains 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. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.

  • 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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Social Science or related field.


  • Research experience.

  • Data management experience.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Research Certification preferred after 2 years in position.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge and demonstration of Endeavor Health customer service standards.

  • Knowledge of Endeavor Health policies and procedures that apply to job's area of responsibility.

  • Knowledge of the federal, state and local laws that apply to job's area of responsibility.

  • Exceptional Customer Service (Focus on Empathy, Communication and Compassion).

  • Support Workplace Interactions (Focus on Teamwork and Positive Outlook).

  • Professional Work Ethic (Focus on Integrity, Initiative and Results).

  • Basic computer skills required, experience with Excel strongly preferred.

  • Excellent organization, time management, problem solving and communication (both written and verbal) skills.

  • Ability to interact in a professional and sensitive manner with medical personnel, research subjects, and other research staff.

  • Must be able to work independently or with minimal supervision, and show initiative.

  • Strong people skills.

  • Bilingual Spanish-English speaking strongly preferred.

Working Conditions

  • Work requires use of computer.

Application Documents

  • Resume (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.

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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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