Mobile Research Logistics Driver
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info


BSD IPP - Mobile Units

About the Department

The newly created Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH), located in the Biological Sciences Division, will integrate a wide spectrum of factors such as human health behaviors, environmental factors, social and economic factors, policies and genetic determinants of health, into studies focused on the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the maintenance of wellness. Leveraging and integrating the University of Chicago's considerable institutional strength in population science with research spanning diverse fields such as genetic medicine, cancer epidemiology, microbiome, and epigenomics, the Institute will have the common goal of improving human health outcomes. Another major goal of the Institute will be to develop a new multidisciplinary training program to equip researchers with emerging tools and methods to conduct precision health research within a population health framework. Our faculty lead research projects in biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

The job provides operations support within established procedures related to the University parking lots and facilities. Using proficiency learned from on-the-job experience, operates, inspects, maintains, and repairs vehicles, including trucks, buses, and vans. Under a moderate degree of supervision, delivers and transports people, supplies, records, and materials. The Mobile Research Logistics Driver serves as an essential member of the Mobile Research team, responsible as a resource for ensuring potential research participants for various Institute for Population and Precision Health (IPPH) studies are enrolled into projects in a seamless manner. The job role is dynamic and requires a variety of participant engagement, research activities, and physical functioning throughout the entire shift. The Mobile Research Logistics Driver will be responsible for various research activities including full set up which involves stocking supplies, preparation for the actual deployment and driving the vehicle to the site of the mobile research clinic. Additionally full take down of the clinic at the end of the day and returning the mobile clinic to Hyde Park. The Mobile Research Logistics Driver will engage potential participants, greet them and check them in/out, and possibly support research activities. They will have the responsibilities and functions of a research assistant in addition to organization the mobile clinic, mobile unit safety, and will be responsible for the driving and logistics of the mobile unit including inspecting the mobile unit for routine maintenance and service. The mobile unit includes two full functioning exam rooms, a restroom, blood draw station, and a check in area.


  • Prepare mobile unit for deployment, ensure supplies are stocked and sets up at each location insuring proper positioning and safe access for research participants.
  • Take down of the same set up at the end of the shift and return mobile unit and supplies back to the Hyde Park Campus.
  • Ensure routine mobile unit maintenance for mechanical and safety issues are kept up to date according to service schedule.
  • Complete and maintain mobile unit inspection checklists, which includes a pre-trip inspection checklist, and an exterior/interior inspection checklist of the mobile unit before leaving any site.
  • Participates in IPPH projects as assigned, including participant engagement, participant experience and process improvement projects from inception through planning and implementation.
  • Conduct performance improvement initiatives, such as participating in interdisciplinary improvement teams.
  • Insure that exam rooms are fully equipped and setup prior to research participant rooming and rooms the patients in coordination with the IPPH research team.
  • Engage participants, check them in/out, and provide research support once vehicle is parked in the community.
  • Assist with planning and scheduling of community event logistics with community engagement coordinator as well as helps promote a safe experience for staff and participants.
  • Adhere to established standard work and utilize identified communication tools to ensure a consistent and exceptional research participation experience.
  • Under a moderate degree of supervision, provides transportation services to University executives and dignitaries.
  • Operates, inspects, maintains, and repairs vehicles, including trucks, buses, and vans.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Two-year degree or equivalent education and experience.
  • Valid commercial driver's license (CDL A or B) from a US state.
  • Valid CDL.
  • Passenger endorsements with knowledge of routine maintenance/service experience a plus.

  • Previous customer service experience; especially in transportation services.
  • Pre-trip inspection, demonstrate parking skills, and performing a road test.

Preferred Competencies
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Working Conditions
  • On-campus, office and clinic locations.
  • Frequent mobile units events in community.

Application Documents
  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Police & Security

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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