Research Specialist 1

Chicago, IL
Jun 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hyde Park Campus

2013006 Pediatrics-General Peds

About the Unit
The Section of Academic Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to managing the unique primary care needs of newborns, children and adolescents. The scope of its clinical service covers both the outpatient and inpatient areas located in Comer Children's Hospital and community sites. Its clinical programs include Comer and community hospital medicine, general care nursery, pediatric primary care, Sports Medicine, Child Advocacy and Protective Services and the Comer Mobile Unit.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The research specialist 1 will work in transplantation ethics and disparities research and will help with contacting kidney transplant programs all over the country to locate living donors who then developed kidney disease. She/he will need to help the transplant centers collect data on these former living donors and coordinate the procurement of blood for analysis that will be sent to the NIH (no blood will be analyzed at the University of Chicago).She/he will also help create and maintain databases and perform some med-line searches and background research for analytical research in medical ethics.She/he will ensure proper documentation and maintain records in an organized manner as well as assist with design of efficient process flows for implementation of study. She/he will perform statistical evaluation of UNOS/OPTN data to study trends in pediatric kidney transplantation.Need for strictest confidentiality given the sensitive nature of this study.

  • Contact transplant programs and former living donors to recruit and enroll individuals with ESRD who were former living donors
  • Work with providers to enroll participants to complete a survey, to collect health data from medical records, and to collect blood that will be analyzed at the National Institutes of Health
  • Work with physicians at NIH and U of C to coordinate data collection
  • Develop systems to assure data quality
  • Ensure proper documentation and maintain records in an organized manner
  • Assist with design of efficient process flows for implementation of study
  • Perform statistical evaluation of UNOS/OPTN data to study trends in pediatric kidney transplantation.

  • Knowledge of computerized systems and various software packages used in research and research administration, including Microsoft Excel, Access and other database software programs required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Ability to keep all information strictly confidential given the sensitive nature of the data being collected required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • One year research experience preferred

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
  • Office setting

Required Documents:

The following documents are required to be considered for this position:
  • Resume
  • List of three references

NOTE: When applying, all required documents, including cover letters, 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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Part time

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