Research Specialist 3

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20123 Obstetrics & Gynecology

About the Unit
The Department of OB/GYN seeks to hire a Research Specialist 3 who will work across two entities: The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) and the Section of Family Planning (The Section). About Ci3: The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) is an academic research center established to advance adolescent sexual and reproductive health and well-being. Our work seeks to empower young people that have been marginalized due to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, or other dimensions and address the larger social determinants that affect their sexual and reproductive health and well-being. Ci3 uses an asset-building approach, identifying young people's strengths rather than focusing on their deficits. Ci3 works with youth and faculty from diverse disciplines to design interventions such as games, apps, and digital stories that are then examined through rigorous qualitative and quantitative research in clinical, community, and educational settings. Our work is conducted in conjunction with our communications and policy teams. About the Section of Family Planning: The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential by bringing a life-course perspective to our understanding of family planning and reproductive health. The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential by bringing a life-course perspective to our understanding of family planning and reproductive health. We have thriving programs for patient care, research, education, and policy. Our Section conducts clinical and social science research using a wide range of methods.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Section of Family Planning and Ci3 are searching for an RS3 with expertise in sexual and reproductive health research relating to issues such as health disparities, contraception, abortion, adolescent health, and communities of color. This person will focus on supporting Family Planning Fellows who are training to become researchers, faculty affiliated with the Section of Family Planning, and Ci3 within its international and domestic portfolios. The selected individual will work closely with Ci3 and the Section of Family Planning affiliated faculty to direct and support existing and new projects. The individual will be interested in working across a wide range of projects and will be dynamic, collaborative, and comfortable working in a start-up work environment.


  • Principal contribution is providing leadership in applying principles and knowledge relevant to research projects
  • Oversees data collection, evaluation and analysis
  • Designs and manages databases
  • Performs senior-level lab and/or research-related duties and tasks
  • Performs lead role in research projects
  • Assists with project design
  • Oversees implementation of project, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making significant contributions to methodology
  • Writes reports, articles and manuscripts
  • Presents research findings at meetings and conferences, as well as to funding agencies
  • Conducts literature reviews
  • May train and oversee the work of research support personnel
  • May manage other administrative aspects of the research project, including supervising research support personnel, tracking project expenditures, participating in funding negotiations, and assisting with grant and manuscript preparation
  • Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: independently performing complex technical duties; recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; monitoring and troubleshooting equipment; overseeing the ordering of supplies and maintenance of laboratory inventory; and ensuring laboratory compliance with all safety requirements

  • Analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Advanced degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) degree preferred
  • Master of Health Science degree preferred

  • A strong commitment to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive justice, asset-based approaches to adolescent development required
  • Analytical skills (both quantitative and qualitative) required
  • Demonstrated competence in preparing academic manuscripts and grant proposals required
  • Experience in writing and academic scholarship required
  • A minimum of three years of related research experience required
  • Supervisory skills strongly preferred
  • Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with and lead a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse setting required
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment required
  • Experience in management strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience serving as the research leader on interdisciplinary research teams required
  • Experience in preparation of foundation and federal grant proposals required
  • Previous experience presenting at conferences required

  • N/A

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint required
  • Basic computer proficiency required
  • Quantitative data analysis required
  • Writing academic papers and other forms of research and communications required
  • Assembling teams to conduct workshops and overseeing and participating in workshops required
  • Assisting in the development of novel research methods using narrative, games, and designs and other methods emerging from Ci3 required
  • Writing research proposals required
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required
  • Analytical skills required
  • Ability to run statistical analysis software required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Supervisory skills preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Info Upon Request

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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