Visiting Research Associate II - UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development, Chicago, IL

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2020


Visiting Research Associate II

The Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Applied Health Sciences is seeking candidates a full time Visiting Research Associate II for the We Walk 4 Health Project.

The We Walk 4 Health Project is a community-based intervention project that will be carried out in partnership with community agencies serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is funded through the Administration for Community Living and the National Institute on Disability, Independent living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The study will include social support and networking by using information and communication technology, and physical activity monitors to promote walking for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD). Over 60% of the sample will comprise African American and Latino participants reflecting the population in the 2018 Chicago census. The project aims to enable the adults with IDD to improve physical activity and thus, health and function through use of technology, peer support, and person-centered motivational practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform surveys, interviews, observations or use other methods according to established research protocols.
  • Prepare and contribute statistical data and pertinent information for papers, grants and other documents.
  • Collaborate with the principal investigator, research team members and the community agencies to develop research intervention protocols.
  • Communicate with community agencies and coordinate participant recruitment, intervention implementation and follow-up activities.
  • Facilitate Spanish-speaking focus groups and assist with other focus groups (bilingual Spanish speaking is required).
  • Help formulate and conduct project-related interventions and assessments including monitoring Fitbit data, Fitbit community networking, texting messages and providing technical support for use of Fitbit and ActiGraph.
  • Contribute to design and implementation of the research participant interviews, focus groups, and assessment and data collection protocol including data tracking system and data management.
  • Perform data collection activities for the project; coordinate and perform pre and post data analysis; conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis; analyze and evaluate research results.
  • Prepare materials for IRB, presentation and publications pertaining to our research findings and best practices.
  • Write advanced, comprehensive reports; assist in writing manuscripts, grant proposals, and abstracts to share research findings; contribute content, prepare results, and assist in the write-up of research findings for publication (papers, presentations, grants, etc.)
  • Maintain detailed records of results and prepare online annual performance report for NIDILRR.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in social science or related field required.
  • A minimum of one-year related research experience.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish)
  • Knowledge of research concepts, practices and procedures.

Interested applicants for the full-time position must apply by October 30, 2020 online here:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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