Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago



Position Announcement

Senior Researcher

(Requisition 0117)

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced researcher trained in mixed methods to lead a team and collaborate with strategic partners on an implementation evaluation. The context for the work is a multi-site examination of practices designed to prevent or minimize the impact of exposure to toxic stress on young children. The team is studying the implementation of this multi- component program (e.g., universal screening within a medical home model, home visiting, and parent engagement) across multiple pediatric primary care clinics nationally and documenting the impacts on the well-being of families engaged in the project. The evaluation will also assess the outcome of

a collaborative effort to align pediatric other community interventions and resources to better address toxic stress and enhance infants’ healthy development at the local and national levels.

In close collaboration with colleagues, the Senior Researcher will lead the development of the research study design and methodology (process and outcomes evaluation) and assist and coordinate the development and selection of measures and data collection instruments. The individual will also collect and manage quantitative and qualitative data, conduct data analyses, and contribute to writing study results. The successful applicant will be a researcher with a proven track record of collaboration and substantive experience with and/or capacity to autonomously lead, conduct, and coordinate statistical analyses, site visits, in-person and telephone interviews, on-site observations of meetings, literature reviews and review of documents, and data systems. This Senior Researcher will both demonstrate the capacity for independent scholarship and benefit from the collaboration and input of senior scholars advising the project. The position is available either as part-time (50%) or full-time at the outset and there is likely a full time opportunity following the transition from planning to implementation. Residing in Chicago is not a requirement for the position.

Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, one of the world’s premier research universities. Chapin Hall provides public and private decision-makers with rigorous data analysis and achievable solutions to support them in improving the lives of our most vulnerable children, youth and families. Chapin Hall’s impact derives largely from the distinctive marriage of the most rigorous academic research with innovative partnerships with the public systems, institutions, organizations, and programs that are in a position to best deploy that research. For more information about Chapin Hall, please visit our website:]


Contributes to the intellectual and scientific development of research studies including the development of proposals, study design, and methods. Takes a lead role in research design, development of research questions (mixed methods approach integrating continuous quality improvement) and objectives, sampling, and data collection procedures to achieve study objectives.

  • Converts, merges and/or assembles data for analysis. Develops and maintains programs that convert data into analyzable formats and/or that can be utilized for data analysis.

  • Serves as the primary liaison for stakeholders participating in studies, including leading site visits.

  • Conducts analyses of qualitative and quantitative data, and may direct research staff in various

    elements of data collection, analysis, and writing.

  • Writes research results.

  • Develops Institutional Review Board submissions.

  • Collaborates on proposal development and periodic reporting to funders.

  • Represents Chapin Hall and its research agenda with key stakeholders.



A doctoral degree in public policy, education, public health, sociology or another relevant field plus a minimum of two years of experience leading the design and implementation of research studies OR a master’s degree plus a minimum of seven years of relevant, post-degree experience required.


  • A minimum of five years experience with program evaluation, early childhood policy, multi- component interventions, and/or related research and evaluation work that cuts across or is at the intersection of multiple social service systems required.

  • Experience conducting analyses of qualitative and quantitative data required.

  • Experience writing research reports required.

    Other Qualifications

    • Strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the ability to develop data collection protocols required

    • Evidence of an emerging portfolio of (translational) research in a closely related area required.

    • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively manage key stakeholder relationships


    • Strong communications skills with the ability to translate and convey complex concepts and study

      findings in oral and written communications required

    • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks required.

    • Problem-solving and analytic skills required.

    • Demonstrated capacity for working in a collaborative research environment required.

    • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.

    • Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information required.

    • Ability to travel locally and nationally required.

    • Proficiency using analytic software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, Atlas.ti, and/or NVIVO strongly



      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.

  • Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.

  • Must be able to travel locally and nationally.


A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.

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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.