Research Analyst 1

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-06-19
Req: JR05457
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department12734 Consortium On Chgo School Res.

About the UnitFor over 25 years, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) has informed solutions to the most difficult problems facing urban schools. The UChicago Consortium is committed to better understanding the fundamental practices and conditions that advance student learning, promote attainment, and foster more equitable outcomes. We conduct research of high technical quality that informs policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools, and schools nationwide. A central component of our work is engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and stimulating evidence-driven discourse about the vital issues facing schools. The Consortium has a long-standing data agreement with CPS and maintains a data archive with detailed records dating back to 1991, allowing for rigorous, detailed studies of policies and practices. The UChicago Consortium has been described as the ’gold standard‘ for education research-practice partnerships and has been replicated nationally. Our research has been an essential factor in improving outcomes for students and school staff in Chicago, and in school districts across the country. For more information about the UChicago Consortium, see

Job FamilyResearch

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job LevelResearch

Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

P1: Performs routine assignments in the entry level to a professional job progression. Typically requires a college or university degree or the equivalent work experience that provides knowledge and exposure to fundamental theories, principles and concepts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. Receives instruction, guidance and direction from others.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field, 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Contribute to conceptualizing, designing, and planning research projects, framing research questions, and identifying appropriate data and methods. 

2) Collect qualitative data including: interviews and focus groups 

3) Code and analyze qualitative data

4) Conduct data quality control procedures and update and create internal processes and data documentation. 

5) Help develop survey questions for a district-wide survey of students and teachers.

6) Review pertinent literature and write literature summaries.

7) Create effective displays of findings.

8) Contribute to the writing of Consortium reports, academic journal articles, and grant proposals.

9) Actively participate in organization-wide activities, including serving on committees, attending weekly Consortium-wide meetings, and providing feedback on others’ work.

10) Participate and present findings in weekly meetings of researchers.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Knowledge and demonstrated use of multivariate statistics.

2) Familiarity with Nvivo or other qualitative data coding program

3) Ability to take initiative and a proactive approach to tasks and projects.

4) Passion for improving educational outcomes and supporting actionable uses of research evidence.

5) Commitment to understanding and improving outcomes for students of all backgrounds and experiences.

6) Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, with supervision, and in collaboration as a team member.

7) Excellent written and oral communication skills.

8) Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s degree in education, policy studies, psychology, or other relevant social science or mathematical discipline; Bachelor’s degree obtained by June 2019


1) Experience in urban education, education research, policy, and practice.

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

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

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Pay FrequencyBiweekly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-06-19-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-12-19-08:00

Posting StatementThe University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 6/20/2019
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