Clinical Research Assistant

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD OCR - Clinical Research Incubation

About the Department

The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) was created to further the research missions of the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and the University of Chicago Medical Center. The office’s mission is to catalyze clinical research by providing expertise, resources, infrastructure, and systems that facilitate clinical research operations and enable collaboration across the enterprise while promoting compliance and human subject protection. To do this, the work of the OCR is supported by five service units: Human Subject Protection (IRB); Research Compliance; Clinical Research Operational Excellence; Clinical Research Incubation; and Clinical Trial Finance.
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 Clinical Research Assistant is a specialized research professional working with and under the direction of the clinical Principal Investigator (PI). While the Principal Investigator is primarily responsible for the overall design, conduct, and management of clinical research projects, the RA oversees, facilitates and coordinates the daily activities of clinical research and plays a critical role in the conduct of the studies to ensure compliance with federal and institutional regulations. This position is housed within a central core but will work specifically with investigators in the Orthopaedic Surgery Department. By performing these duties, the RA works with the PI, department, sponsor, and institution to support and provide guidance on the administration of the compliance, financial, personnel and other related aspects of the clinical studies.
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.


  • Research tasks include: recruitment, screening for eligibility, consenting participants, conducting research assessments, data entry, and subject follow-up and scheduling.

  • Research staff will be trained to administer quantitative sensory testing.

  • Perform 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.

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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree.


  • <2 years of work or volunteer experience in a health care related setting.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Excellent skills interacting with members of the public in a health care setting.

Working Conditions

  • Office, out-patient clinic, and sample processing lab.

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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