Job Announcement: Research Coordinator

University of Chicago

TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health

Director: Dr. Dana Suskind


To apply, please follow this link:


We are seeking a Research Coordinator to work on a project that aims to create the next iteration of a tool, the Scale of Parent/Provider Expectations And Knowledge (SPEAK), that has been developed and validated at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health. The SPEAK is a clinical and research tool that fills a critical, previously unmet need in the early childhood field. Given the pivotal role that parents and caregivers play in shaping young children’s cognitive and language development, it is necessary to assess what they know and believe about that process. As part of the TMW Center’s commitment to investing in cutting-edge R&D to develop scalable, evidence-based interventions and tools, the TMW Center is developing a version of the SPEAK that uses computer-adaptive testing, called the SPEAK CAT. This version will streamline assessment by adapting to the individual responding to the questions and issuing new questions based on the level of knowledge they’ve displayed. The results of the SPEAK CAT will provide a more complete and useful picture of respondents’ knowledge and beliefs about child language and cognitive development, which can be used to more precisely target information and interventions for maximal individual and population-level impact.



Cognitive Interviewing

  • Recruit participants and coordinate schedules for testing survey items.
  • Create and manage REDCap surveys.
  • Perform cognitive testing of survey items.
  • Summarize statements from interviews relevant to item interpretation.
  • Draft revisions of survey items based on cognitive testing.
  • Maintain organization, formatting, and backup of documents including literature reviews and survey item trackers in Google Drive, Zotero, and TMW Server.
  • Prepare monthly progress reports.
  • Manage consultant contracts.
  • Monitor project work plan and schedule.

Other Responsibilities

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Analyzes and maintains data.
  • Conducts literature reviews, assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents
  • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Prior experience in a research lab or setting conducting qualitative interviews


Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with survey research methods
  • Has general awareness in research techniques or methods and relevant scientific knowledge
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible availability for data collection


Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)


To apply, please follow this link:



Share This