Research Specialist 3

Jun 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: We seek a Research Specialist 3 to conduct policy research, with additional cross-cutting research on programs that collectively address the arc of sexual and reproductive health from the biomedical, to the behavioral, to the sociopolitical. The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) is a University-wide center established to advance sexual and reproductive health through innovative interventions and frameworks. Grounding core issues of sexual and reproductive health in the broader social, political, and economic contexts that fuel disparities in health outcomes, Ci3 creates an intellectual hub for an interdisciplinary network of faculty (e.g., economics, medicine, history, English, social services), staff, and students to work collaboratively with partners from outside of the University to address critical problems with a particular focus on youth, disadvantaged populations, and communities of color. Ci3 is home to three Labs (the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, The Transmedia Story Lab, The Design Thinking Lab) that form the foundation of our work.

Unit Job Summary: The Research Specialist 3 will work closely with our policy team, affiliated faculty members, the directors of our three labs, research team, and campus partners to assist in the direction of our policy research portfolio. Responsibilities include research development and grant writing for federal and private foundation grants. More specifically, the Research Specialist 3 will lead and contribute to ongoing and new policy research projects, participate in study design and implementation, manage data collection and analysis, and prepare manuscripts and policy briefs for publication and conference presentations. Areas of policy research include: quantitative and qualitative research evaluating the impact of state and federal policy on sexual and reproductive health outcomes of young people; analyzing population-level data and large data-sets to identify trends and to better understand underlying socioeconomic causes of health disparities; and additional Lab-based research projects evaluating adolescent health interventions. The Research Specialist 3 will participate in the development of policy research areas of focus and collaborate on long-range plans for research projects. This the is ideal position for a self-starter who can identify opportunities for inquiry, conceptualize research questions and execute policy-relevant analyses using large data-sets, including but not limited to YRBSS, NSFG, PRAMS, Ad Health, Medicaid, etc.

Unit Education: Required: Masters in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Work, Sociology, or related field. Doctoral degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant research experience required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Required: Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field. Advanced knowledge of quantitative research methods. Analytical skills. Problem-solving skills. Attention to detail. Organizational skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, SPSS, STATA, SAS or other quantitative analytic software. Preferred: A strong commitment to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and asset-based approaches to adolescent development. Interest in interdisciplinary research. Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods, with demonstrated expertise in the following: evaluation, epidemiology, statistics, study design, and/or survey design. Experience in regulatory policy compliance and procedures, including data security. Demonstrated competence in preparing academic manuscripts and grant proposals. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse setting. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

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