Research Specialist II

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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 looking for a Research Specialist 2 to join its research team. The Research Specialist 2 will work collaboratively with Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and Transmedia Story Lab to design and execute research focused on understanding and improving adolescents' sexual and reproductive health. Under limited direction, the incumbent performs complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks.

  • Assists with planning, development and execution of research connected to storytelling and games related to adolescent health and wellbeing
  • Assists in conceptualizing the scope of each project and co-develops solutions with lab directors and principal investigators, including integration of behavioral change models
  • Approaches the work with curiosity about the power and limitations of transmedia – games, storytelling, interactive experiences across multiple platforms, to promote sustainable and adaptable systems and structures of health
  • May assist with planning and executing recruitment across diverse communities in collaboration with organizational partners.
  • Tests strategies and expands general knowledge of games, audio- and visual-based narrative as tools to engage youth and address health and wellbeing of adolescents as they emerge into adulthood
  • May assist in the development of interventions for healthcare, community-based, and educational settings with related personnel
  • Works collaboratively with the team to support partner organizations locally, nationally and globally, advancing novel methods and outcomes of the research studies
  • Conducts periodic training for fellow staff to ensure that all staff understands how research fits in with the labs' current and potential project(s)
  • Contributes to, and sometimes leads, the writing of academic papers, reports and final summaries
  • Collects, records, and analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts
  • Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates
  • Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences; assisting with building databases; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects
  • Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments

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

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in field relevant to the research (e.g., public health, health communication, communication studies)
  • Advanced degree in field relevant to the research preferred
  • At least one year of relevant research experience

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures
  • Strong interest in and commitment to sexual and reproductive health and research required
  • 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
  • Required a minimum of one year of experience in research, metrics, or evaluation experience of multimedia, interactive design, narrative design, documentary films, storytelling, or another closely related area of media arts
  • Comfort working with youth and an interdisciplinary team required
  • Ability to be flexible with changing priorities required
  • Experience contributing to research manuscripts, reports, or publications preferred

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

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