Research Specialist 2

Location
Chicago
Posted
Jun 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Established at the University of Chicago in 2012, the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) is a university-wide center that aims to empower young people and change the policies and systems that impair their well-being. Focused on sexual and reproductive health and the social determinants of health both domestically and globally, Ci3 uses a positive youth development approach drawing on young people's assets to improve adolescent health and well-being. The Center is home to three labs, Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, the Transmedia Story Lab, and the Design Thinking Lab, that collaborate with youth to develop creative interventions such as games, apps, digital stories and new socio-ecological service systems, informed by rigorous research. Interventions are disseminated in conjunction with Ci3's communications and policy teams. The Ci3 Design Thinking Lab was founded to develop innovative community and clinic-based interventions to advance the health and assets of young people. Activities in the Lab are driven by major research questions and policy problems affecting youth locally, nationally, and globally. The Lab's research is pragmatic and applied, enabling us to design, build and act with intent, while advancing research, theory and practice in sexual and reproductive health and participatory design. Approaches developed in the Lab will be based in sound evidence, rigorous research and will be replicable and sustainable.

Unit Job Summary: The Research Specialist 2 will work collaboratively with the Design Thinking Lab team and the Center's research staff to design and execute research focused on understanding adolescents' experiences of sexual and reproductive healthcare and improvements thereon. The Research Associate will assist in designing and implementing studies using qualitative and quantitative methods, including the development of new research protocols. In addition, the Research Associate will aid in recruitment of participants, data collection, and data analysis. Potential tasks include, but are not limited to: analyzing, managing, and interpreting data; drafting study instruments and protocols; assisting in training; collecting data using interviews, focus groups, surveys, and other techniques; ensuring compliance with institutional and regulatory guidelines; researching study opportunities; preparing narrative and statistical reports; assisting with grant and manuscript writing and editing for publication; and leading other staff in research support activities.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in public health, social work, social sciences, or a relevant field required. Advanced degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

Unit Experience: Minimum of two years research experience in reproductive health preferred. Minimum of one year coordinating research studies or programs preferred. Experience collecting qualitative data (e.g., interviews, focus groups) preferred. Experience analyzing qualitative data using software (e.g., Atlas.ti, NVivo) preferred. Experience supporting research funded by federal sources (e.g., NIH, NSF). Experience contributing to research manuscripts, reports, or publications preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong interest in reproductive health and research required. Demonstrated interest in design research preferred. Strong qualitative analysis skills and familiarity with qualitative data analysis software (e.g., Atlas.ti, NVivo) preferred. Strong quantitative analysis skills and familiarity with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Stata) preferred. Ability to be flexible with changing priorities required. Willingness to travel locally and nationally for study activities required. Knowledge of research methods or techniques required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Knowledge of contraceptive and STI testing methods preferred. Analytical and problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail and organizational skills required. Strong verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to interface with a wide variety of stakeholders required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.