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Research Data Manager - University of Illinois at Chicago

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Location: Chicago, IL
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11088
Posted: February 7, 2017

Research Data Manager

Revised 2016.11.29

The University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health), Population Health Sciences Program (PHSP) is hiring a Research Data Manager.  The PHSP engages clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders in developing, testing, and implementing models of care that improve health in the communities served by UI Health.  The Research Data Manager will be responsible for all data management activities, including clinical research database development, maintenance, quality control, and reporting to support clinical and population health research activities in the PHSP.  The Research Data Manager will also provide support to clinical trials run out of the Breathe Chicago Center© (BCC), a clinical research entity of the Department of Medicine. The PHSP and BCC primarily conduct research studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Data Manager is responsible for meticulous data management for multiple ongoing research studies, including: database development and maintenance, initiating processes for regular database updates and quality control functions, data abstraction, interpretation and organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Database management

Provide expertise and support for the development, maintenance, and functionality of large-scale research databases.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the design and development of databases, developing data management plans and procedures, and study maintenance activities.  This includes but is not limited to modifying study databases, developing data queries, producing and reviewing data reports, performing data reviews, resolving data discrepancies, reconciling data from different sources, importing/merging data from various sources, communicating with study staff, receiving external data files, transferring data sets, and conducting study close-out activities such as locking and archiving study databases.  The candidate should be able to train colleagues to perform routine functions so operations can continue in their absence.

  1. Data reporting

Prepare for and attend weekly project meetings with current and relevant data.  This includes defining study report specifications, establishing protocols to verify data accuracy, dashboard development, automated processes, and documentation.  Supplement presentations, manuscripts, grants, and publication materials with data and visual depictions of data – charts, tables, graphs, and figures – which involves using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, R and/or Tableau (Microsoft Excel is not considered a statistical program).  Must be able to effectively communicate and present data in a technical and non-technical manner for a wide range of audiences.  

  1. Coding

Develop, write, and execute code to query data for analysis, discrepancies, and quality control.  Use code to automate pre-set reports and dashboards.

  1. Other duties as appropriate for a Research Data Manager.


Master’s degree and at least 2 years of work experience creating and/or managing database(s) preferred. Proficiency developing and managing electronic data capture systems or other databases to support research operations required (Excel does not qualify).  REDCap experience is a plus.  Must be proficient in the use of statistical packages (Excel does not qualify) for managing data and conducting quality control checks.  R expertise is preferred.

Additional information:

Please send resumes and cover letter to Christian Gossett at, and apply at

To learn more about the Population Health Sciences Program, please visit; for the Breathe Chicago Center, visit



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