Mobile Research Coordinator

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

2013902 Public Health Sciences-Cep

About the Unit
The newly created Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH) will integrate a wide spectrum of individual human differences such as health behaviors and lifestyle, environmental factors, social and economic factors, policies, biology and genetic as well as other determinants of health, into studies focused on the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the maintenance of wellness. Leveraging and integrating the University of Chicago's considerable institutional strength in population science with research spanning diverse fields such as genetic medicine, cancer and environmental epidemiology, microbiome, and epigenomics, the Institute will have the common goal of improving human health outcomes locally and globally. Part of the mission of the IPPH is to mitigate health disparities, particularly in the UChicago catchment area. Within the IPPH, multiple research and educational projects are being implemented with a focus on population and precision health. The Mobile Research Coordinator will work with IPPH Leadership on the engagement of Chicago communities in IPPH research and will supervise and train field staff. The administration and human resources for the IPPH is managed by the Department of Public Health Sciences. The Department of Public Health Sciences is the home in the Biological Sciences Division for the core quantitative research fields in public health: biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research. Our faculty both lead research projects in these fields and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe. We provide training in these fields through two degree programs: a flexible doctoral program that may focus on any of our core areas and a MS degree for clinical professionals, designed to provide physicians and other doctoral-level providers with the methods to carry out rigorous research in clinical epidemiology and health services. Through our Biostatistics Laboratory we provide a collaborative service to investigators throughout the Biological Sciences Division to design studies, oversee data collection and analyze and interpret data.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Mobile Research Coordinator will work in the IPPH study management on campus and out in the community in the implementation of the various protocol components and study criteria in the context of community-based research on the mobile units (two) and community engagement. This will include coordinating the logistics of the deployment of the mobile unit in various communities, management of the mobile unit research team, communication with community leaders, and the development and management of community engagement teams.

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 this position is eliminated due to the discontinuation of extramural funding, a minimum of one pay period's written notice will be given (1 month), or pay in-lieu of notice.


  • Coordination and management of quality assurance and control for community research initiatives for Population Research studies within the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) and the Institute for Population and Precision Health. This may include multi-institutional and some international studies, many of which are federally funded.
  • Preparation of project plans and community event timelines, presentations, media, and curricular materials relating to research and community engagement.
  • Presentation to and coordination with community leaders and community groups.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with various organizations on community outreach and engagement events for participant recruitment and follow-up.
  • Assist with building and maintaining databases and spreadsheets for tracking and monitoring; subject recruitment, screening, data collection and centralized data entry.
  • Monitor study participants, schedule, and conduct study-related procedures (e.g. interviews, phlebotomies, and follow-ups). This work will involve both in-house and Mobile Clinic recruitment, as well as engaging community participants through outreach efforts and various events in the catchment area.
  • Work with the Scientific Directors and Research Managers in the planning, development, and evaluation of research activities.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of new study tools, resources, and other materials to assist with community research engagement and workflow.
  • Coordinates planning and scheduling of community event logistics with research clinic deployment coordinator.


  • Knowledge of research methods and retention techniques
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and analytic skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to effectively communicate the studies to potential participants
  • Ability to effectively work independently with minimal direction and as part of a team
  • Ability to train community ambassadors and community team members
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Required: Bachelor's degree in relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology.
  • Preferred: Master's degree in public health, epidemiology or related field with relevant experience.


  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience (e.g., study coordination or recruitment).
  • Experience working in the community (engagement/outreach) in a research context.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures in relevant scientific field, including an understanding of research studies involving human subjects including the process of obtaining informed consent and the ethical considerations of study participation.

  • Supervisory Experience

Required Documents
  • Resume

Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section f the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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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Job No:
Posted: 11/29/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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