Research Professional I (Ci3)

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20123 Ob & Gynecology

About the Unit
Established at the University of Chicago in 2012, 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 wellbeing. The Center is home to three labs—Game Change 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 disseminate in conjunction with Ci3's communications and policy teams.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Ci3 is seeking a Research Professional to work closely with its three labs (the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, the Transmedia Story Lab, and the Design Thinking Lab), research team, communications and policy personnel, and affiliated faculty to direct existing and new research programs. The research professional may also develop their own research projects.


  • Principal contributions of the Research Professional include providing research leadership/oversight, methodological knowledge, and research experience to the overall Ci3 research portfolio
  • The Research Professional will have a strong interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health intervention design and assessment, socio-ecological approaches to understanding and examining adolescent sexual and reproductive health, behavioral and social science research, LGBT health, public health, health policy, and/or patient-centered research
  • The Research Professional should be experienced in health behavior, theories of behavior change, community-based research, and public health
  • The Research Professional will support ongoing and new research projects; participate in study design and implementation; contribute expertise in grant development; and prepare manuscripts for publication and conference presentations
  • This person should be creative, curious, open to new research methods, and willing to collaborate with faculty, adolescents, and community members
  • The position performs senior level research-related duties and tasks
  • The position will serve a lead role in research projects; assist with project design; oversee implementation of projects including: planning new procedures; adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project; and making significant contributions to methodology and analytic planning
  • The position oversees data collection, evaluation, and analysis; designs and manages databases; writes reports, articles, and manuscripts; and presents research findings at meetings and conferences, as well as to funding agencies
  • The Research Professional will manage other administrative aspects of the research program, including supervising research support personnel, tracking project expenditures, participating in funding negotiations, and assisting with grant and manuscript preparation

  • Organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaboration and Independence
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Doctoral level degree (PhD, EdD) in Health Psychology, Public Health Sciences, Sociology, Health Education and Behavior, or closely related field.
  • A minimum of four to seven years of related research experience preferred
  • A minimum of one-year postdoctoral training preferred
  • A strong commitment to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and asset-based approaches to adolescent development preferred
  • Commitment to working with youth of color and sexual minority youth preferred
  • Behavioral intervention research and prevention programming preferred
  • Proven track record of manuscript publication preferred
  • Proven success in the preparation of grant proposals preferred
  • Supervisory skills required
  • A minimum of two years of relevant research experience required
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods, with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: evaluation, epidemiology, statistics, study design, and/or survey design required
  • Expertise in regulatory policy compliance and procedures, including data security required
  • Analytical skills required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Demonstrated competence in preparing academic manuscripts and grant proposals required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with and lead a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse setting required
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment required
  • Demonstrated experience serving as the research leader on interdisciplinary research teams required
  • Experience in preparation of foundation and federal grant proposals required

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Ability to train others required
  • Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required
  • Knowledge of a statistical analysis package (i.e., SPSS, STATA)
  • Lab management skills

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Info

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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