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Research Scientist - Carle Illinois College of Medicine (146779)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Research Scientist

Carle Illinois College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


As part of a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative the Carle Illinois College of Medicine is launching a new Health Maker lab node, Designing Resiliency and Well-being (DRAW). The goal of DRAW is to expand the existing culture of innovation in the university and the community by designing and disseminating well-being tools (podcasts, technology, art, etc.) on a large scale.

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine is seeking a Research Scientist to create, publish and share new knowledge around structural and systemic discrimination, and the impact of social determinants of health and wellbeing in marginalized communities. The Research Scientists member will work closely with the Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Carle Foundation Hospital and multiple campus colleges and units including: Siebel Center for Design, Humanities Research Institute, Center for Social and Behavioral Science, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, College of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Department of Public Health, Extension, College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Engineering, College of Business, and the School of Social Work Community Learning Lab, Discovery Partner Institute, and the Illinois Innovation Network, among others.

This is a full-time, 12-month service basis, benefits eligible, academic professional position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search. The individual selected for this role may also qualify and be considered for a zero percent faculty appointment within the college.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities:

Scholarly Publication and Dissemination

  • Synthesize, analyze and summarize research data, including:
    • Collaborate with faculty, staff, students and community members to collect data for research projects and other events such as townhalls
    • Collaborate with faculty, staff, students and community members to publish and/or co-publish scholarly articles, abstracts, papers, books, op-eds, webcasts and documentaries including submissions to academic peer-reviewed journals, community publications/newsletters, community exhibits and media outlets
    • Prepare and present research as part of invited talks, conferences, poster sessions, and related activities including community-based outreach
    • Translate data output into text, bullet points, infographics, policy briefs or tables/graphs/charts for use with and by faculty, staff, students and in the community.
  • Facilitate collaboration between middle and high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, medical students and citizen/community scientists and faculty in support of scholarly publications.

Research Data and Analysis

  • Develop, implement and evaluate innovative methods, tools and systems to collect, store and manage data.
  • Create and analyze data sets for various research and project designs.
  • Recommend, review, and assist in the development of appropriate statistical analyses, data analysis plans, and research questions based on project needs.
    • Use SPSS, SAS, and/or qualitative software for data files, to run automated analysis and reporting systems, design/write/test/maintain programs and for advanced statistical models.
    • Design, build, test and maintain basic spreadsheet applications in MS Excel and use MS Excel to import data from text files, html, or other outside sources.
    • Perform basic descriptive statistics including means, medians, frequencies, chi-square, correlations, and others.
    • Perform and/or coordinate with others to conduct regression analysis and other analysis
    • Independently and/or in coordination with others, analyze data using qualitative or mixed methods
  • Effectively communicate data and analytic procedures and results to other researchers and community partners.
  • Perform and/or coordinate with others to conduct big data analysis (topic models, etc.)

Research Design and Implementation

  • Work closely with the Associate Dean, faculty, students, leaders in the college and across the campus, and with community members to ideate, propose, design and implement cross-collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and programs in support of the DRAW initiative.
  • With college leadership, including the Associate Dean of Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation and the Associate Dean of Research, create and engage a cohort of citizen/community scientists to support discovery and translation of university research into applied information and education to solve local or statewide identified problems that can be addressed through interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Identify funding sources (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson, etc.), coordinate teams of collaborators, identify components of grants and ensure deadlines are met, and write grants.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Other duties and special assignments as outlined by the Associate Dean.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships; work cooperatively and collegially with others in a manner consistent with a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Foster a culture of diversity and inclusion within the Carle Illinois College of Medicine; support and engage in equal employment opportunity principles, rules, and regulations.
  • Champion positive inter-professional relationships bridging the college’s private/public organization and missions.
  • Participate in appropriate professional, scholarly and community-based organizations to anticipate and respond to new developments and concepts
  • Partial remote work flexibility may be possible. Approximately 50% of the duties and responsibilities of this position include campus based meetings/activities and/or local engagement.
  • Regular travel within east central Illinois and Chicago (including collar counties) is expected.



  • Master’s degree required in social sciences or a related field.


  • PhD preferred in social sciences or a related field.



  • Demonstrated ability to write for scholarly and general audiences


  • Track record of publication and/or public engagement strongly preferred
  • Minimum of two years of research experience including excellent writing skills to convey findings in the data strongly preferred
  • Background in behavioral health preferred.
  • Experience in survey building and report creation in Qualtrics and survey monkey strongly preferred.
  • Skills in qualitative and mixed methods preferred.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills preferred. Skills in advanced statistical techniques preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to articulate steps in a process (logic in thinking).
  • Excellent and demonstrated interpersonal, time management, organizational, and solution-focused skills.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively follow through on multiple priorities under deadline pressure.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate collaborative relationships

Procedure for Candidacy:

For more information on the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, please visit

For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by no later than August 2, 2021.

Interested candidates must create a candidate profile through If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

  1. Submit the Staff Vacancy Application
  2. Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms
  3. Upload your cover letter and resume (months and years of employment must be included), and contact information of three professional references.

For more information regarding the application procedures, please contact Carle Illinois College of Medicine Human Resources at [email protected]

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law in order to apply, you may request an accommodation by contacting the ADA Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Carle IL COM Category:6-Research Title:Research Scientist - Carle Illinois College of Medicine (146779) Open Date:06/25/2021 Organization Name:Carle IL COM Administration


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

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Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

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Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

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A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

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The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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