Open Positions:
Research Assistant (JR09140): The Research Assistant will specialize in LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) and TGNC (transgender and gender non-conforming) affirming practices as it relates to research delivery at CCHE.
Research Coordinator (JR09140): The Research Coordinator will work to implement testing, linkage to care, and retention programs for CCHE. The candidate will engage individuals at increased vulnerability in HIV/STI testing, HIV and PrEP care, resource counseling, and other engagement activities at the community space. Works with CCHE research team, Manager of Testing, Manager of Community Engagement and Outreach, the network services team, supportive services team, and Principal Investigator.

Research Assistant (JR09199) (Marion, IL): The Research Assistant will be embedded at the Community Action Place, a community-based harm reduction organization based in Marion, Illinois. This position will be trained to complete their portion of the Center’s Mental Health Rapid Response protocol which initiates the Supportive Services team to triage clients in imminent danger of harming themselves or someone else. Travel to Chicago will not be expected.The Research Assistant will be a part of the Research team and will engage with clients over the phone and in person.

This position is grant funded.

Supportive Services Coordinator (JR09210, JR10298): The Supportive Services Coordinator will be a part of the Supportive Services team and will work with a variety of clients who are referred to Supportive Services for additional assistance. They will be involved in working with clients over the phone or in person. This candidate will also assist with day to day Supportive Services tasks, such as rapid response support for those who are seeking same-day treatment and will conduct assessments and safety plans for clients in distress.
HIV & STI Tester (JR09981): The HIV & STI Tester will specialize in LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) and TGNC (transgender and gender non-conforming) services as it relates to STI and HIV testing and network services. These include: drop in and outreach-based STI and HIV testing services such as phlebotomy, HIV notification, linkage to care services for treatment and PrEP services, and STI treatment notification and linkage to care. Proper documentation must also be completed for all testing encounters; this includes: consent for testing, releases of information, screening for “risk factors,” HIV pre and post-test counseling.
Postdoctoral Scholar in Integrated Research (HIV, Hepatitis C, COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorder) at the University of Chicago

The Department of Medicine and the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE) announces a Postdoctoral Scholar position at the University of Chicago, for a mixed methods working in the following areas: epidemiology; network science; predictive analytics and/or computational modeling/simulation, implementation science and qualitative research. The substantive focus will be on substance use disorder and related infectious diseases including HIV, hepatitis C and COVID-19 that disproportionately impact vulnerable and systemically marginalized communities. The specific research portfolio for each candidate will comprise focused areas that match their specific skills and strategic CCHE research goals. Depending upon candidate focus, opportunities for involvement in the University of Chicago NIDA T32 training grant are encouraged.

The position is under the direct supervision of Mai Pho MD, MPH and in collaboration with other Center faculty  to support a candidate in developing a career in epidemiology, social science, or public health research. The position includes opportunities for didactic course work, leadership roles on ongoing projects, grant writing and developing an independent area of research. The selected candidate will also conduct primary data collection, data analyses and/or computational modeling and publish papers from ongoing studies in the United States.

A central characteristic of the program of research is its integration of advanced methods that bear on the most vulnerable populations impacted by HIV, Hepatitis C, COVID-19 and substance use disorder and related structural factors. This includes individuals in racial minority communities, people with criminal legal involvement and those living in under-resourced, rural areas. The goal of analyses and modeling is to directly impact people, networks and systems to improve health and well-being. The successful candidate will be situated within a dynamic research environment that has published epidemiological and sociological studies, innovative community-based interventions and novel computational models addressing the themes described above, and will benefit from a unique shared space with direct service and other front- line program staff. This administrative structure allows for study analytic findings to directly translate to community-level interventions and to inform policy changes. The candidate will benefit from a rich research environment including multiple UChicago-affiliated research centers and programs (i.e., the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, Advanced Opioid Methodology Center, University of Chicago Urban Labs, Center for Health And Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences, NIDA T32 and National Opinion Research Council [NORC]). The computational methodological development will be supported by research partners at Argonne National Laboratory and the UChicago Center for Spatial Data Sciences, Center for Data and Computing. Ongoing data is available from clinical trials, cross-sectional surveys, large longitudinal cohort studies, venue-based surveys, Department of Public Health interventions, and multi-city multisite network-based interventions funded by multiple institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIMH, NICHD, NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Innovation is at the core of the research program and includes novel approaches along with novel implementation of biomedical prevention strategies.


Requirements for this position include having completed a doctoral degree, demonstrated strong analytic skills, evidence of scientific articles published in collaboration with multidisciplinary research teams, and a strong interest in publishing in the area of infectious diseases and/or substance use disorder. This position offers a competitive stipend/salary, benefits, office space, access to internal sources of pilot project support, travel support to research conferences and access to internationally-based University of Chicago Academic Centers.

Candidates should email a current CV, two representative papers/publications, and names of at least two references to Jessi Dehlin, Associate Director of Administration, at Candidates should also clearly identify the specific methodological areas that they are interested in developing.