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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Research Assistant - Think + Speak Core, full-time in Chicago, Illinois

class="cssDspJobTitle">Research Assistant - Think + Speak Core, full-time

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Job Description

The Research Associate will conduct research projects/studies by developing project objectives, determining appropriate procedures, selecting statistical analyses to be employed, interviewing research subjects, overseeing project progress, producing reports detailing the results, and functioning as project manager on an as-needed basis.

The Research Associate will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Research Associate will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, and Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Required Skills

Principal Responsibilities

The Research Associate:

  • Interviews research subjects and collects clinical data and medical record information.

  • Plans execution of the study, determining appropriate research methodology and statistical procedures to be utilized.

  • Develops research objectives and writes research proposals.

  • Prepares technical reports and articles detailing research results. Co-authors publications explaining research projects.

  • Performs and interprets complex statistical analysis of resulting data in order to solve technical problems.

  • Programs computer software and hardware to meet the specifications necessary for statistical analysis, providing technical assistance in solving computer function and operation problems.

  • Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports directly to Lab Manager, Research Scientist, or Project Director

Required Experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

  • Work requires a professional level of knowledge in a behavioral or social science equivalent to that which is acquired through the completion of a Master’s Program.

  • Three to six months experience in a clinical setting which requires patient contact as an interviewer and/or therapist.

  • A good working knowledge of research methodology and statistical analysis and procedures is required.

  • A relatively high level of analytical ability to solve complex technical problems.

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills to participate as a member of a research team, exchange ideas, work closely with numerous professional organizations and facilities, and to plan and coordinate project completions.

  • Communication skills required for writing and presenting detailed explanatory results.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Job Location

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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