Clinical Research Assistant II

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD OBG - Lindau Lab - Special Projects

About the Department

The Lindau Laboratory at The University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary, team-based laboratory performing human-level observational, interventional, and health services research motivated by a fundamental concern for the principle of justice in health and health care. The lab, funded predominantly by agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for more than 15 years, employs about 20 full and part-time researchers and staff across disciplines including epidemiology, gerontology, anthropology, neurobiology, cancer biology, public health, and data science. The lab routinely collaborates across disciplines, departments, and with investigators at other institutions including experts in the fields of computer science, geriatrics, oncology, public health, social services administration, psychology, neuroscience, materials science, engineering and other medical and social science fields. The work of the lab focuses in two main areas: 1) preservation and treatment of female sexual function in the context of aging, cancer and other common diseases and 2) social determinants of health, with a particular concern for women and older adults living in socioeconomically marginalized communities. Our research and programmatic activities include Bionic Breast, WomanLab, Feed1st and CommunityRx. The Lab has spun out two companies: Now Pow, LLC (acquired by Unite Us, LLC in 2021) and MAPS Corps, 501c3, both based in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL.
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 job 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.
The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings. The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects including planning, monitoring, and execution of investigator-initiated research and educational efforts to ensure timely progress toward scientific and educational milestones and deliverables. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings. Interacts regularly and as needed with research trainees in the lab to support their scholarly activities and performs data collection, entry, processing and analysis with other researchers within the area.


  • Project support supports all scientific elements of planning, monitoring, and execution of investigator-initiated research and educational efforts to ensure timely progress toward scientific and educational milestones and deliverables.

  • Assists in the design, development and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research studies, scientific and educational presentations and publications, and community-oriented  presentations and other knowledge dissemination products.

  • Supports and contributes substantially to developing, writing and submitting research grant applications.

  • Conducts rigorous literature search and synthesis to support all aspects of research.

  • Supports and contributes to developing, writing and managing IRB protocols and collaborates with senior researchers to iterate protocols to comply with new IRB and HIPAA regulations or other guidance.

  • Supports all aspects of community engaged research processes, including development and support of research advisory boards.

  • Supports lab donor engagement and stewardship, including communication activities and ensuring contributions are properly routed and acknowledged.

  • Contributes original written content and performs editorial functions for WomanLab and other knowledge dissemination activities.

  • Supports all operational and community engagement and related aspects of the Feed1st Food Pantry system.

  • Data collection, entry, processing and analysis with supervision from senior researchers. Participates in primary data collection, including building surveys and administering face-to-face, phone and other surveys or modes of interacting with study participants.

  • Coordinates data collection activities for clinical trials, observational studies, and community-based data collection efforts.

  • Conducts basic statistical analyses, including duplicate analyses as part of the lab’s quality assurance protocol.

  • Creates and manages databases and prepares datasets for analysis.

  • Supports development of presentations, manuscripts, and other knowledge dissemination materials for the purposes of presentation at scientific meetings, educational convenings and publication in peer-reviewed literature.

  • Trains, supports and mentors research trainees; interacts regularly and as needed with research trainees in the lab to support their scholarly activities.

  • Contributes to recruitment and evaluation of trainees.

  • Supports trainees to meet project milestones, including research and other learning objectives.

  • Supports trainee orientation, advises trainees on laboratory procedures and protocols.

  • Shares in or leads responsibility for all administrative, operations, regulatory, compliance and logistics functions related to the Lab’s research, teaching, service and clinical missions and to foster a supportive, high functioning Lab work environment.

  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Assists with the installation, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.

  • 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.

  • Perform specific protocol procedures such as interviewing subjects, taking vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms.

  • Prepares for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially 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 field relevant to the research being conducted.


  • 2 years of experience in a field relevant to the research being conducted.


Preferred Competencies  

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with preference for bilingual communication skills.

  • Knowledgeable about and capable of maintaining the highest standards of scientific integrity in all aspects of work.

  • Track record of successful team and collaborative work.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and complete work on established timeline.

  • Ability to produce high quality work product with a high degree of independence.

  • Direct communicator.

  • High energy compatible with high volume work environment.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking/problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

  • Experience and demonstrated interest in medicine, women’s health, aging, epidemiology, health-related social sciences, populations health, health information technology and/or community health and interest to work across these disciplines.

  • Proven expert level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, scientific search engines, reference/citation management systems.

  • Experience with statistical data analysis tools such as STATA, SPSS or similar, GIS and some programming knowledge is a plus.

  • Demonstrated leadership, interpersonal and relationship building skills.

  • Ability to work with sensitive subject matter and maintain strict confidentiality.


Working Conditions  

  • Office environment.

  • Lab/Clinic.

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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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