BIP Lab Research Specialist Data Management & Survey Design

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Hyde Park Campus

35390 Harris Sch Pub Policy

About the Unit
The Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy studies the parental investments that promote children's success and how behavioral tools can leverage these investments to increase their return. Research shows that a variety of low-cost, light-touch “behavioral tools” can successfully change behavior in a number of key arenas of life, including health and financial savings behavior. Part of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at Harris, the BIP Lab is dedicated to experimental research to investigate whether these approaches can make a difference in parenting strategies to promote children's development in low-income families. The BIP Lab was founded in 2014 by Harris Professor Ariel Kalil and Susan E. Mayer, Harris Professor and Dean Emeritus.

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Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Operations & Research Initiatives of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, the Research Specialist at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab) serves as the lead for survey design and data management for the progress of research. Primary responsibilities include survey development, managing data entry and cleaning, internal quality assurance, development of research protocol, maintaining databases, responding to data requests and development/execution of BIP Lab policies associated with data collection, entry, cleaning, security and storage.


Responsible for BIP Lab survey design and development

  • Apply survey methodology principles and knowledge in developing data collection instruments
  • Manage survey development process
  • Solicit and integrate group direction and input in preparing data collection instruments
  • Manage any relevant language translation processes

Responsible for BIP Lab data management, ensuring that data entry, cleaning and analysis activities are executed with fidelity
  • Build and maintain BIP Lab databases
  • Create and administer policies for effective data management
  • Devise and implement efficient and secure procedures for data handling and sharing
  • Respond to data requests
  • Manage data entry and data cleaning processes
  • Train and oversee the work of research support personnel for tasks such as data entry and cleaning
  • Co-develop data collection research protocol
  • Serve as lead data specialist/advisor for the BIP Lab

Responsible for obtaining approval of the Internal Review Board (IRB) and managing operations according to the IRB's rules and regulations
  • Manage IRB protocol submission and amendment process
  • Draft, prepare and maintain research protocol
  • Determine participant eligibility based on IRB guidelines and regulations
  • Responsible for ensuring amendments are up-to-date and continuing reviews are completed in a timely manner
  • Manage data files according to IRB confidentiality guidelines in the service of protecting the security of participant data

  • Organized, strong analytical skills, exhibits strong attention to detail, effective time management
  • Ability to take initiative, problem solve with minimal supervision, exercise good judgment, prioritize, make decisions, and to work under pressure during high volume times
  • Excellent team player – collaborative, reliable, ability to receive and give constructive feedback, flexible, supportive
  • Familiarity with research design and implementation, data management, and procedures of a university IRB strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort with both the English and Spanish languages a plus
  • Driver's license and willingness to travel to research sites required (ownership of a vehicle is not a requirement)

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study required (psychology, public policy, sociology, education, or related social science discipline)
  • Master's degree strongly preferred

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience and preference for at least 5 years of research and/or data management experience required
  • Knowledge of survey methodology. Application of the principles and techniques of survey design preferred
  • Experience with Excel required
  • Experience with software packages for data management, cleaning and/or analysis such as SPSS or Stata required

Required Documents:
  • Cover
  • Letter
  • Resume
  • References

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 7/14/2018
Application Due: 7/29/2018
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