Clinical Research Assistant

Updated: 30 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD MED - Section Administrator: Endocrinology-Brady/Hanlon

About the Department

The Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is a national leader in research leading to the development of new insights in the treatment of endocrine diseases and disorders. Work in the areas of diabetes, thyroid and sleep disorders has been greatly advanced by The University of Chicago endocrinology faculty. Our research activities are supported by a number of different sources including the National Institute of Health (NIH) and non-federal granting agencies. The Section is home to one of 16 NIH funded Diabetes Research and Training Centers. Over the years, several members of the Endocrine faculty have led investigations that resulted in significant discoveries in the areas of diabetes, thyroid and sleep disorders.

Job Summary

The Clinical Research Assistant will be responsible for helping in recruitment and retention of research participants. They will aid in setting up lab sessions including initializing equipment, tube labeling, ensuring flowsheets are accurate.


  • Monitor subjects and protocol activities to assure compliance with research protocols, administering tests to subjects at specified times, collecting samples, and documenting notes during in-lab stays.

  • Review submitted questionnaires to determine potential eligibility for study.

  • Send scheduling information to subjects.

  • Communicate with subjects to facilitate retainment during long protocol.

  • Ensure flowsheets (sample, nurses, Aswin) are accurate.

  • Label tubes for sample collection.

  • Monitor subjects while in laboratory to assure compliance with research protocols.

  • Administer computerized questionnaires at designated times.

  • Collect/transport biological samples.

  • Document notes during in lab stays of subjects.

  • Data input, organization, and verification.

  • Transport study supplies on campus.

  • Photocopying, filing, organizing.

  • Performs specific protocol procedures (specimens and data management, survey/questionnaire administration and the like) required to conduct the study and retain research subjects.

  • 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 Competencies


  • Bachelor's degree.


  • Experience in interacting with study participants.

  • Experience in handling biological samples.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to interact and communicate with clarity, tact, and courtesy with patrons, patients, staff, faculty, students, and others.

  • Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Strong data management skills and attention to detail.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Ability to read and understand complex documents (e.g., clinical trials).

  • Ability to handle competing demands with diplomacy and enthusiasm.

  • Ability to absorb large amounts of information quickly.

  • Adaptability to changing working situations and work assignments.

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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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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