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Research Assistant - Center for Bionic Medicine Full-time

Company name
Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago

Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type

Research, Education

Posted on
Dec 19,2018

Valid Through
Apr 03,2019

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General Summary

The Research Assistant is responsible for conducting literature searches, data management, recruiting participants, obtaining consents, maintaining files, scheduling and conducting interviews of patients and family members, maintaining data collection files, assisting with data analysis and generating correspondence, reports and graphics.

The Research Assistant (RA) will work effectively in a team structure to assure efficiency of workflow, consistently demonstrating support of the SRAlab statement of Mission and Philosophy 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.

Demonstrates SRAlab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRAlab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Principal Responsibilities

Responsibilities will vary according to the project in which the RA is assigned, but could include any or all of the following:

Subject Recruitment

Contacts hospital-site staff to identify potential participants; reviews medical records to determine appropriateness of patients for study.

Explains study to patients and family members, requests participation and obtains informed consent

Schedules and confirms participants for hospital and/or home interviews

Data Collection

Conducts on and off site interviews using a variety of structured and non-structured questionnaires

Retrieves and records data from medical records and records data from interviews on appropriate forms

Uses clinical judgment to alert supervisor in a timely manner that participant responses may indicate need for professional intervention

Maintains interim contact with study participants to maintain current address and telephone information


Assists in development of data tables, graphs and charts and preparation of material for presentation

Data Management

Assists in the collection of new data; codes, cleans, transcribes, records, enters and stores all data collected; coordinates data collection with other research staff as appropriate

Generates reports detailing data collected

Conducts literature searches, copying and distributing articles as appropriate

Transcribes and codes taped interviews

Maintains an inventory of data collection forms to ensure ease of data retrieval

Assists in analysis of qualitative and quantitative data by coding verbatim interviews

Performs various record-keeping tasks such as filing consent forms and other data collection forms on all eligible participants to ensure ease of data retrieval and tracking of participants


Supports Scholarly Activities

Attends meetings; takes minutes as assigned

Reporting Relationships

Reports to Lab Manager, Research Scientist, or Project Director

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

Work requires communication and mathematics skills normally acquired in four years of college, plus three to six months of related work experience. Prefer graduate of or student in graduate program in neurosciences, nursing, psychology, engineering, social work, public health or related field.

Knowledge of basic computer hardware in addition to software such as Microsoft Office, statistical programs such as Stata or SPSS, and/or relevant engineering or mathematical programs such as Matlab, as appropriate.

Familiarity with medical, engineering or health services research terminology and basic research/statistical methodology is required, as appropriate to the position.

Ability to accurately review and enter project data and to concentrate and pay close attention to detail for up to 75% of work time is required.

Analytical ability is required to prepare reports, maintain data inventory, code, transcribe interviews, develop graphs, perform literature searches, negotiate systems in several hospitals and/or human service organizations, and identify concerns/responses of participants that require termination of interview or possible intervention.

Strong interpersonal skills are needed to interact effectively with patients/family member dyads, physicians, other human service professionals and a variety of supervisors for various research projects.

Flexibility to coordinate scheduling with other project staff is needed.

Proficient typing and administrative skills to transcribe data, prepare correspondence, and maintain files.

Exercises independent judgment in assigned area of responsibility. May be expected to take leadership on certain project tasks.

Working Conditions

Normal office/research laboratory environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.

May involve travel to other hospital/research sites and possibly to participants’ homes. Interviews/experiments may require flexible day, evening and/or weekend hours.

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. For the purposes of the ADA, “Principle Responsibilities” are essential job functions.

SRAlab 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.

Job Location

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Company info

Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago
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Company Profile
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has been recognized as the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" since 1991 by U.S. News & World Report. No other specialty hospital has been consecutively ranked the "#1" by U.S. News & World Report for so long.

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