Temporary Research Specialist

Apr 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale. Among the Department's numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists aggressively pursue a diverse range of basic, translational and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer and immunotolerance. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond. Patients who come to the University of Chicago Medicine with head and neck diseases can rest assured that our experts are fully prepared to treat them with some of the most advanced treatments available today. Subspecialists are equipped to treat allergies, inner ear and hearing disorders, head and neck cancers, speech and voice disorders and much more. Our diverse programs ensure every patient utilizes their senses as best as possible in order to lead healthy and productive lives. Through the section's comprehensive research efforts, faculty members and researchers hope to find new and better ways of treating a broad range of diseases. One such research project, which has received widespread national attention and support, is Project Aspire and its sister project the Thirty Million Words Initiative, which aim to use family-centered curriculum and parent language to bridge the achievement gap between groups of children. The Thirty Million Words (TMW) team at the University of Chicago conceptualizes, translates, builds, and delivers evidence-based programs that support parents, teachers, and other caregivers to effectively use Thirty Million Words curricula to enrich children's early language environments. TMW is currently conducting multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs), including an RCT to evaluate the efficacy of a short video-based curriculum disseminated in birthing hospitals to increase parent knowledge of child development, a longitudinal RCT to test the efficacy of a parent-directed multimedia curriculum aimed at improving school readiness for children, an RCT to assess the efficacy of a pediatrics clinic-based curriculum designed to increase parent knowledge of child development, and an RCT to evaluate the efficacy of a Spanish-language adaptation of the TMW-Home Visiting curriculum in improving parents' knowledge of child development and their verbal interaction with their children.

Unit Job Summary: The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago seeks a part-time Research Specialist to assist with statistical analyses of TMW studies. At the direction of the Research Director for the lab, the individual will manage and clean data sets, conduct statistical analysis, write up study findings, and perform other data-related tasks as assigned. The candidate must be a team player who is highly organized, analytic, detail-oriented, and possesses a strong ability to problem-solve. Responsibilities Include: - Manage and maintain organized data sets for active and complete studies - Prepare data sets for statistical analysis - Conduct statistical analyses on data sets at the direction of the Research Director - Clearly communicate analytic findings with Research Director and research team - Prepare written reports of statistical analyses and findings in clear, concise, and timely manner - Other duties as assigned

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required. Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Experience with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, or STATA) required. Demonstrated ability to conduct analyses to examine the effectiveness of longitudinal RCT studies, for example but not limited to, multiple regressions (mediations/moderations), linear mixed model, required. A minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines required. Ability to manage data from multiple projects required. High attention to detail required. Ability to work independently and take initiative required. Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

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