Visiting Research Associate II - Social Sciences

$60,000 - $70,000 yearly
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Aug 10, 2021
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Social & Behavioral Sciences Grants, Sponsored Programs, Research

Job Description


The School of Public Health Division of Health Policy and Administration is seeking a Visiting Research Associate II - Social Sciences employee to coordinate project activities and collect, manage, and support data analysis according to established protocols for a CDC funded study examining and addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, as well as other related projects. The Visiting Research Associate II / Project Coordinator will work directly with PIs/research teams to coordinate and manage daily project tasks as described below and will create and maintain professional relationships through effective communication with the project team, funding agencies, community stakeholders, and other external partners.



  • Contribute to design, execution, analysis of the evaluation of a multi-level outreach intervention designed to increase vaccine confidence in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (and similar work across related projects)
  • Formulate and assist in the conduct of all project activities.
  • Support data management, plan for outreach worker training, and preparation for interviews and assist with program evaluation.
  • Monitor project development and participate in decision making about methods and protocols.
  • Develop (and maintain) protocols and process related documents (e.g., Data collection and entry protocol, documentation of decision rules, templates for evaluation plan).
  • Work with community based organizations and community citizen scientists to conduct and complete research.
  • Develop and review/edit project products (e.g., outreach worker training documents, briefs, evaluation plans, manuscripts).
  • Lead/manage IRB/OPRS submissions and monitoring.

Coordination and Communication

  • Manage overall timeline for project activities and ensure deliverable quality and timeliness.
  • Manage/coordinate training sessions.
  • Prepare sponsor updates and progress reports.
  • Assist in writing and preparing manuscripts for publication.
  • Lead coordination and planning of internal team meetings and community partner meetings. Includes drafting meeting documents such as PowerPoint presentations, agendas, etc.
  • Assist PIs/team in developing presentations for professional meetings/conferences.
  • Initiate, respond to, and track internal team communications.
  • Initiate, respond to, and track community partner and other stakeholder communications directly and through various media formats.

Staff Management

  • Manage and oversee graduate assistants and hourly research personnel.
  • Guide, train, and advise staff and students on techniques, methods, and procedures related to project tasks.
  • Coordinate tasks across project team and provide resources to those who need assistance.

Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required, Master’s preferred
  • A minimum of one year related research experience.
  • Knowledge of public health concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Understanding and experience engaging in qualitative inquiry and quantitative research.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with internal and external partners in a complex team.

Application Details

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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