Research Professional

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


Booth CDR: Operations

About the Department

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Job Summary

The Research Professional is primarily responsible for facilitating the conduct of research for Professor Nicholas Epley’s Self and Social Judgment Laboratory. Research projects are in the domain of behavioral science, with an emphasis on social psychology, judgment, and decision-making. The research professional is expected to conduct and manage research experiments with human participants, coordinate activities of approximately 10 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, assist in maintenance of lab website and budget, and assist Professor Epley with course preparation.


  • Responsible for the oversight of data collection for human behavioral research projects conducted by Professor Nick Epley, the broader Self and Social Judgment Lab, and any of Professor Epley’s collaborators, including Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral principal researchers, University of Chicago faculty, and faculty across other academic institutions.
  • Partners with researchers and lab management to implement, monitor, launch, and sustain human behavioral research projects. 
  • Assists researchers with data storage and management as a trusted and conscientious research aide.
  • Works proactively on Epley’s behalf to help researchers develop projects, including providing feedback and proofreading services for in-development studies.
  • Oversees remote data collection through the Center for Decision Research Virtual Lab, Prolific, and other data collection services.
  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
  • 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


  • Master’s degree.


  • Research experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with methods of experimentation.
  • Skills around reading, understanding, and synthesizing research in the behavioral and social sciences, including a familiarity with peer-reviewed academic research.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills.
  • Work independently with little supervision; possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes. 
  • Handle multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines with frequent interruptions. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty, and corporate contacts in a multitude of communication methods i.e., in person, email, phone.
  • Professional demeanor, including conscientiousness, tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach.

Working Conditions

  • This position is expected to work in the office.

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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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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