Research Study Assistant - 34779

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS

Job Summary:

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology seeks a Research Assistant to support a faculty member with the development, implementation, and testing of a mobile health program designed to support pregnant women with diabetes. The position will require coordinating the development of the intervention; recruiting, consenting, and retaining research subjects; performing research surveys and in-depth interviews; using the mobile health program to enroll women and deliver the health intervention; entering study data and managing study administrative tasks; and working with clinical and research personnel to oversee study procedures. Additional desirable skills include ability to analyze and present data, critical thinking skills regarding health promotion interventions, and scientific writing interest and skills. The position also includes performing biomedical and social-behavioral research by administering questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; and assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. The individual must complete all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).    

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Recruits study participants.
  • Reviews & obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Conducts interviews.
  • Scores test results.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Reviews medical records. 
  • Consults with nurses & physicians to determine pretreatment & eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow. 


  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs. 
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.


  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Monitors & distribute petty cash. 
  • Processes invoices &/or purchase requisitions.


  • May train other research staff to interview/test participants.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.   
  • Must complete Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent communication skills with patients, including women of diverse backgrounds
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage a complex project plan with multiple steps, team members, and project components.
  • Team science skills – ability to communicate with multiple team members, clinic staff, and participants.
  • Computer skills – must be able to use web- and mobile-based tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Public Health or related field with clinical research familiarity is desired.
  • Familiarity with both Android and iPhone mobile technologies are preferred, in order to be able to support tasks related to deployment of a mobile health intervention.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Bilingual Spanish skills would be beneficial for the position.
  • Experience with public health, health communication, social science research, or other clinical research skills.
  • Interest in health equity, women’s health, perinatal health, mobile health/health technology, and/or health behavior.
  • Familiarity with clinical research regulatory and ethical practices.
  • Interest in scientific writing (manuscript and grant preparation) is desired.


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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