Research Assistant

Job description

Albert Merrit Billings Hospital

2010010 BSD Comprehensive Cancer Center

About the Unit
Within the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center is the Illinois Precision Medicine Consortium, a collaborative multi-PI, multi-site project serving healthcare provider organization (HPO) Enrollment Centers throughout Illinois as part of the NIH's All of Us Research Program, The Precision Medicine Initiative. The program will set the foundation for new ways of engaging research participants, sharing health data and information, and employing technology advances to mine the information for comprehensive results, specifically developing ways to measure risk for a range of diseases based on environmental exposures, genetic factors and interactions between the two; identifying the causes of individual differences in response to commonly used drugs (commonly referred to as pharmacogenomics); discovering biological markers that signal increased or decreased risk of developing common diseases; using mobile health (mHealth) technologies to correlate activity, physiological measures and environmental exposures with health outcomes; developing new disease classifications and relationships; empowering study participants with data and information to improve their own health; and creating a platform to enable trials of targeted therapies.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Principal contribution is providing technical and administrative support for a research project. Under general supervision, performs research-related duties and tasks.


  • Collects and maintains biometric data and biospecimens.
  • Introduces patients at the UCMC to the research study, answers questions pertaining to participation and consent, and may assist in administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
  • Performs blood draws and processing of blood and urine samples.
  • Will be responsible to package and ship biological samples to an outside lab.
  • Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the UChicago Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
  • Responsible for other duties such as preparing charts for the participant visits, setting up and cleaning the exam rooms before and after the visits, entering data as needed, performing data and equipment quality control checks, etc.

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by extramural funds (e.g., grant, gift, endowment) which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these extramural funds and satisfactory job performance. If the position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of extramural funding, a minimum of one pay period's written notice (2 weeks) will be given or pay in-lieu of notice.


  • 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.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Required: Bachelor's degree or related education and experience.
  • Preferred: Bachelor's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field.

  • Required: n/a
  • Preferred: 1 years relevant research experience, including previous phlebotomy experience and/or experience collecting biometric data and outreach efforts, specifically study recruitment.

Required Document:
  • Resume

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

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

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Full time

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Job No:
Posted: 3/16/2018
Application Due: 5/11/2018
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