Research Support Assistant, Transcription

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Hyde Park Campus

2012780 Surgery-Ohns

About the Unit
Patients who come to UChicago Medicine with head and neck diseases can rest assured that our experts' internationally recognized expertise enables them to offer the most advanced and innovative approaches to the management of otolaryngology (ENT) disorders. Subspecialists are equipped to treat allergies, inner ear and hearing disorders, head and neck cancers, speech and voice disorders, and much more. Our diverse programs ensure every patient utilizes their senses as best as possible in order to lead healthy and productive lives. Through the section's comprehensive research efforts, faculty members and researchers hope to find new and better ways of treating a broad range of diseases. One such research project that has received widespread national attention and support is Project Aspire and its sister project the Thirty Million Words Initiative—they aim to use family-centered curriculum and parent language to bridge the achievement gap between groups of children.

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Job Summary:

The primary goal of a Research Support Assistant is to transcribe videotaped parent-child play sessions recorded in a longitudinal randomized controlled trial (RCT). The transcripts prepared from these sessions serve as the basis for multiple analyses through which we will evaluate the effectiveness of our Thirty Million Words-Home Visiting curriculum. The position involves meticulous attention to detail, fluid use of multiple computer programs, and ability to maintain high accuracy of transcription of aural files over extended periods of time. This goal is in alignment with the Biological Science division's mission is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars.


  • Prepare saved video files for transcription using Datavyu software for CLAN software analysis.
  • Prepare verbatim transcriptions of conversations between parents and young children using CHAT procedure.
  • Maintain high reliability with transcription team.
  • Save videos and transcripts according to TMW lab data organization methods.
  • Prepare transcripts for analysis using MOR, POST, POSTMORTEM, and MEGRASP programs.
  • Code transcripts according to TMW coding schemes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Proficiency with computer programs required.
  • Ability to understand and process aural information with high accuracy required.
  • High attention to detail required.
  • Problem solving skills required.
  • Proven ability to function as a cooperative and supportive team member required.
  • Proven ability to work within prescribed timelines required.
  • Ability to learn and master technology and software programs required.
  • Ability to process, protect, and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials required.
  • Background in Linguistics preferred.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.

  • Experience with transcription and/or coding preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for at least two supervisory references

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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 11/11/2018
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