Mobile Research Logistics Driver

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

2013902 Public Health Sciences-Cep

About the Unit
The newly created Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH), located in the Biological Sciences Division, will integrate a wide spectrum of factors such as human health behaviors, environmental factors, social and economic factors, policies and genetic 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 epidemiology, microbiome, and epigenomics, the Institute will have the common goal of improving human health outcomes. Another major goal of the Institute will be to develop a new multidisciplinary training program to equip researchers with emerging tools and methods to conduct precision health research within a population health framework. 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 Logistics Driver serves as an essential member of the Mobile Research team, responsible as a resource for ensuring potential research participants for various Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH) studies are enrolled into projects in a seamless manner. The job role is dynamic and requires a variety of participant engagement, research activities, and physical functioning throughout the entire shift. The Mobile Research Logistics Driver will be responsible for various research activities including full set up which involves stocking supplies, preparation for the actual deployment and driving the vehicle to the site of the mobile research clinic. Additionally full take down of the clinic at the end of the day and returning the mobile clinic to Hyde Park. The Mobile Research Logistics Driver will engage potential participants, greet them and check them in/out, and possibly support research activities. They will have the responsibilities and functions of a research assistant in addition to organization the mobile clinic, mobile unit safety, and will be responsible for the driving and logistics of the mobile unit including inspecting the mobile unit for routine maintenance and service. The mobile unit includes two full functioning exam rooms, a restroom, blood draw station, and a check in area.

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by extramural funds (e.g., grant, gift, endowment) which are 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 (2 weeks), or pay in-lieu of notice.


  • Prepare van for deployment, ensure supplies are stocked and sets up at each location insuring proper positioning and safe access for research participants.
  • Take down of the same set up at the end of the shift and return van and supplies back to the Hyde Park Campus.
  • Ensure routine mobile unit maintenance for mechanical and safety issues are kept up to date according to service schedule.
  • Complete and maintain mobile unit inspection checklists, which includes a pre-trip inspection checklist, and an exterior/interior inspection checklist of the mobile unit before leaving any site.
  • Participates in IPPH projects as assigned, including participant engagement, participant experience and process improvement projects from inception through planning and implementation.
  • Conduct performance improvement initiatives, such as participating in interdisciplinary improvement teams.
  • Insure that exam rooms are fully equipped and setup prior to research participant rooming and rooms the patients in coordination with the IPPH research team.
  • Engage participants, check them in/out, and provide research support once vehicle is parked in the community.
  • Assist with planning and scheduling of community event logistics with community engagement coordinator as well as helps promote a safe experience for staff and participants.
  • Adhere to established standard work and utilize identified communication tools to ensure a consistent and exceptional research participation experience.
  • Perform other duties assigned.


  • Exhibit strong customer service, sophisticated communication and critical thinking skills in response to participants and research team inquiries and requests.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and continually monitor research activities throughout the day ensuring participants are being enrolled in an organized, safe, and thoughtful manner.
  • Ability to work with diverse staff and management groups in a complex organization.
  • Excellent communication both verbal and written skills for the purpose of communicating sensitive information.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:


  • High School diploma or GED Required
  • Two-year degree or equivalent education and experience preferred
  • Valid commercial driver's license (CDL) from a US state for a minimum of three years.


  • Driving record that is free of accidents and moving violations verifiable by a motor vehicle background check.
  • Previous customer service experience; especially in transportation services.

  • Valid CDL and five years' experience
  • Passenger endorsements.
  • Knowledge of routine maintenance/service experience a plus.

  • Valid commercial driver's license (CDL) from a US state for a minimum of three years required.
  • Two-year degree or equivalent education and experience preferred.
  • Valid commercial driver's license (CDL A or B) from a US state preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume

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


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: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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