1+ months

Visiting Senior Research Specialist - Research Project Manager

Chicago, Illinois 60608
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Population Health Sciences Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a Research Project Manager to lead the coordination and launch of pivotal clinical research studies of international significance. This role will be primarily responsible for administration and execution of goals, tasks, and milestones for assigned research projects. This will require intricate planning to ensure the appropriate sequencing and timing of tasks, complex coordination of diverse teams, resource management, and effective problem solving to ensure timely completion of projects. The position also requires the ability to deftly assess a situation and develop plans or solutions to address the need. This may include development of materials to guide challenging conversations, workflow mapping for process improvement, analysis of technical system requirements, application of research knowledge for study design, coaching team members, re-delegation of tasks and the general ability to change directions quickly and effectively.

The project manager must operate well in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment, be an excellent communicator, be able to effectively guide study teams, be well organized, and able to prioritize time across multiple immediate and long-term projects. The project manager must also be mission-driven, intellectually curious, and flexible.

About the Population Health Sciences Program/Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

The UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs provides oversight of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which delivers comprehensive care, education, and research to communities locally and globally. UI Health is comprised of UIC’s seven health science colleges, including campuses across the state, as well as UIC’s hospital and affiliated clinics. Dedicated to the pursuit of health equity, UI Health provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train health care leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond.

The Population Health Sciences Program (PHSP), founded in 2011, is one of the seven units within the OVCHA. PHSP engages clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders in developing innovative interprofessional models of care that improve health in communities served by UI Health. PHSP supports the mission of UI Health by providing strategic, technical, and operational support for developing, testing, and implementing population-specific programs designed to achieve health equity.

Within the PHSP reside the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design (IHDD) and the Breathe Chicago Center (BCC), two complimentary components that serve to expand and integrate UI Health’s capacity for cutting edge research and innovative healthcare service delivery design.

The IHDD was approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in October 2018 as a resource at UI Health to accelerate the integration and application of human-centered design methods to assist UI Health and other delivery systems during the transformation from fee-for-service to value-based models of care that link payments to patient experience, quality of care, and health outcomes The IHDD strengthens UIC’ ability to employ a human-centered population sciences framework in healthcare delivery design to identify, understand, and address the complex and diverse needs of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other decision makers in healthcare contexts.

The BCC is a clinical research hub within PHSP that conducts studies in collaboration with academic health centers in Chicago and across the U.S. that are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other foundations and organizations. The BCC consists of a multi-disciplinary team of research coordinators, informaticians, regulatory specialists, designers, physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, and statisticians. The BCC develops, tests, and implements innovative, data-driven strategies to investigate and improve health outcomes in the community served by UI Health as well as the broader population.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide coordination and project management for assigned research projects.
    • Develop project plans to manage project activities.
    • Secure needed resources.
    • Monitor and facilitate completion of goals and tasks as outlined in the project plan.
    • Track progress against milestones and project plans.
    • Update and revise plans as required to meet the goals of the project.
    • Facilitate meetings with appropriate parties
    • Monitor and report progress and outcomes for the project to management.
    • Resolve or escalate issues in a timely manner
  • Encourage communication of information and opportunities for team discussion and problem-solving by running regular study team meeting and other meetings as needed.
  • Engage stakeholders, including research collaborators, and study team, to collect and communicate business and research requirements, and set expectations for research-related work.
  • Facilitate partnerships across various research resources, including investigators, sponsors, study teams, designers, vendors, and external collaborators.
  • Utilize research expertise and problem-solving skills to support the study, the team and research operations.
  • Oversee the research project management life cycle
  • Verify and manages changes in project scope, schedule, and cost.
  • Provide ongoing assistance to the study team in prioritizing study related tasks. Delegate and prioritize and assist others with prioritizing study tasks
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Master's degree in a related field (e.g., MPH, MBA) preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of professional level research experience, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Previous management-level experience in directing complex clinical research project is desirable.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in project management, including planning, execution, delivery, quality assurance, and reporting.
  • Skilled in identifying opportunities to improve efficiency of research operations and subsequently execute improvements.
  • Problem-solving ability, including the ability to analyze complex situations, identify resources, and imagine alternatives.
  • Time management skills with the capability to prioritize among multiple requests from multiple individuals and the ability to change direction in response to a fluctuating work environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • High personal work standards and sense of urgency about results.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and build relationships across multiple stakeholder groups and various levels of the organization.
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions and effectively lead a team through change.

For fullest consideration, please submit cover letter and resume to Cindy Leman, Director of Administrative Operations, at crleman@uic.edu.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

Salary Details

UIC offers an exciting place to work. Our excellent benefits package is inclusive of health benefits including vision coverage, dental and life insurance and participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). Benefits also include paid holidays, generous vacation and sick time, as well as many optional benefits. UIC offers competitive salaries.


Posted: 2021-03-08 Expires: 2021-04-22

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