Research Assistant

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD MED - General Internal Medicine - Volerman Research Staff

About the Department

This position is situated within the Section of General Internal Medicine within the Department of Medicine at University of Chicago. Faculty within General Internal are recognized as national leaders in the areas of medical ethics, health economics and policy, health services and outcomes research.

Job Summary

The Research Assistant will work closely with the physician investigator (Dr. Anna Volerman, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics) and research team staff to carry out grant-funded projects focused on issues at the intersection of health, education, and equity. They will be involved in several research and advocacy projects that focus on improving systems and reducing inequities in clinical, community, and professional settings. Specific topics may include pediatric asthma, mental health, violence reduction, schools, community health workers, and workforce. This individual will be supervised by the principal investigator and the senior research coordinator.


  • Supports projects and carries out activities to advance goals and objectives.

  • Performs literature reviews and summarizes findings.

  • Supports recruitment, screening for eligibility, and consenting of participants.

  • Supports data collection, data entry, and data cleaning.

  • Helps prepare abstracts, reports, presentations, and papers.

  • Works independently and within teams, including both in the University and with partners.

  • Maintains and helps foster relationships with collaborative community and research partners.

  • 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.


  • Relevant research experience, particularly health services and/or community oriented.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated computer literacy and computing skills sufficient for effective use of diverse managerial and administrative computer applications, technical writing, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint.

  • Preferred experience using database software (e.g. REDCap), quantitative data analysis software (e.g. SAS, STATA, R), and/or qualitative data analysis software (e.g. Dedoose, NViVo, ATLAS.ti).

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and analytical skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written).

  • Work independently and as part of a team.

  • Highly self-motivated.

  • Prioritize multiple competing priorities.

  • Maintain patient/participant confidentiality and exercise discretion regarding confidential project matters.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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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