Research Assistant

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

23304 Anthropology

About the Unit
Consistently ranked among the top ten social science research universities in the world, the Division of Social Sciences is at the vanguard of inquiry and impact. Whether through the field-defining scholarship of the Chicago Schools in Sociology and Economics, the path-breaking impact of the first graduate international affairs program in the U.S., the creation of interdisciplinary programs in the Department of Comparative Human Development and the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, or many other pivotal milestones, the Division has repeatedly transformed the social sciences since its founding in 1930. The Division offers PhD degrees in nine disciplines and Master of Arts degrees in five interdisciplinary fields. The Division also offers a number of joint degrees, and these collaborative initiatives uniquely position the Division to pioneer creative modes of thinking about society's most complex issues.

Job Information

Job Summary:

  • The Research Assistant develops, maintains and manages a complex relational database, interfaces with coders responsible for developing Application Programming Interfaces, conducts bibliographic research, organizes, digitizes and annotates a large-scale archive of texts and photographic images, develops web sites using open-source and proprietary software, and conducts general clerical work to support the efficient organization and operation of the relevant office.

  • Input text and graphical data into a relational database system
  • Coordinate with IT professionals to develop, maintain and manage a web-based database
  • Develop web sites for dissemination of research results to scholarly and public audiences
  • Conduct bibliographic research and write annotations of the most relevant sources
  • Scan and digitize texts and images and organizes these data into a systematic archive
  • Assists faculty member in conducting fieldwork by maintaining, organizing and editing documents, field notes and transcribed interviews

  • Demonstrate Strategic Ability
  • Possess Analytical Capacity
  • Exhibit Resilience and Flexible Thinking
  • Project Management Skills
  • Communicative Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration Skills

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science preferred)

  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative social science research
  • Experience writing, editing and formatting research reports
  • Experience developing websites
  • Experience with developing, inputting data into and archiving digital databases

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software, including MS projects, Excel, Word, Access, Power Point
  • Knowledge of HTML
  • Knowledge of Google Apps sufficient to interface with developers of APIs
  • Knowledge of relational databases, including Excel, Access, IBM DB2 and Oracle RDBMS

Required Documents:
  • Resume,
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample

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


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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/6/2018
Application Due: 5/1/2018
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