Research Assistant at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Job Description:


BSD PSY - Executive Administrator: Keenan Lab

About the Department

To honor our promise to always put our patients first and to be ever mindful of each patients dignity and individuality, we must also be at the forefront of transformative discovery and innovation in psychiatric care.

Job Summary

The Nutrition and Pregnancy Study is currently seeking a Research Assistant to support a new sub-study designed to test the association among prenatal DHA levels, pregnancy stress reactivity, and early childhood asthma and atopy among African American women and their children living in low-income, urban environments. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kate Keenan, the Research Assistant will help with recruitment, collecting and processing biospecimens (including pediatric blood and saliva samples, and nasal swabs), performing pediatric spirometry assessments, conducting assessments of pediatric atopic dermatitis, administering surveys, and extracting medical record data. There will also be opportunities to support other studies and to participate in data analysis and dissemination.


  • Recruits and screens research volunteers by screening medical records, sending letters, making calls, sending emails, and conducting home visits.

  • Schedules and conducts research sessions with mothers and children, performs asthma and atopic physical assessments, obtains saliva samples for cortisol assays, collects and processes blood samples and nasal swabs, administers computerized questionnaires, oversees safety and well-being of participants, responds appropriately in case of medical or psychiatric emergencies.

  • Enters, manages, and analyzes computerized data, prepares protocols for Institutional Review Board and conducts preliminary data analysis. Manages electronic records of research volunteers.

  • Schedules and coordinates orientation sessions to explain procedures and practice tests; coordinates activities of other laboratory members, maintains office and laboratory supplies and records of expenses.

  • Resolves problems with computers.

  • This job provides technical and administrative support in a laboratory environment performing basic laboratory techniques, research and analysis under direction.

  • Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through ---


Preferred Qualifications


  • One year relevant research experience, including experience collecting biometric data, performing diagnostic assessments of nursery school aged populations, and outreach efforts, specifically study recruitment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Knowledge of a statistical analysis package (i.e., SPSS, STATA, R).

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge in relevant field.

  • Basic computer proficiency.

Working Conditions

  • Work independently.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The 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.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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