The Joint Commission

Research Scientist - Health Services Research

Job Locations US-IL-Oakbrook Terrace
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Designs and executes research projects while adhering to budget, scope, and schedule requirements. Coordinates activities of project team members to ensure compliance with protocols and overall study objectives. Applies best practices to maintain research integrity in the development, initiation, planning, execution, control, and closing of projects. Responsible for the written and oral presentation of research results, and is expected to tailor presentations to match the scientific literacy of diverse audiences. Note: This role has project management responsibility and no direct reports. People and other resources are managed indirectly as part of cross-functional team delegation required to complete the project.


The Research Scientist I implements research studies of limited to moderate complexity and works independently with limited supervision. The Research Scientist I manages and implements the day-to-day activities for meeting project objectives or goals.  This role is typically seen as independently leading small to moderately sized research projects and delegating/reviewing project work completed by lower-level professionals, as well as directing the work of colleagues who are contributing to the project.




  1. Manages the day-to-day operations of research projects. Manages multiple small to moderately sized projects of moderate complexity and/or independently manages components of complex projects. (75%)
  2. Assists with the search for new research project opportunities, generates ideas for new research projects, defines and refines research questions. (5%)
  3. Assists with the development of moderately complex research study proposals. Has experience with the research methods most commonly employed by the organization. Serves as a principal investigator (or internal project lead) for small to moderately sized projects or as a co-investigator on larger and more complex projects. (5%)
  4. Summarizes research findings in reports. Responsible for the development of internal reports and/or peer-reviewed publications. May serve as a lead author on manuscripts. May serve as a peer reviewer for journals. (5%)
  5. Disseminates research findings and ensures that results are presented at the appropriate level of stakeholders. Develops abstracts, presentations (for national conferences and large audiences) and other materials as a lead author or co-author. Engages Dept. of Communications to promote results. Independently presents findings to organizational leadership. (5%)
  6. Complies with corporate and research policies and ensures that requirements are implemented (e.g., Research Integrity, IRB, Corporate Sponsorship Committee). (5%)


  1. The level of knowledge equivalent to that ordinarily acquired through the completion of a master’s degree involving coursework in research methods, or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Five to six years of prior relevant experience with scientific/research methods and research activities.
  3. Practical knowledge of project and program management required.
  4. Experience with data analysis and research reporting required.
  5. Technical proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Access), Adobe Pro, survey development software (e.g., Qualtrics, Survey Monkey), data visualization tools (e.g., Power BI), reference management software (e.g., EndNote), and multiple web browsers. Demonstrates the ability to quickly learn and master new applications.
  6. Ability to identify, define, and address problems that pose threats to project deliverables or timelines. Makes changes to protocols or study designs, including recommendations for redirecting resources or budget, in order to resolve problems and ensure successful completion of project deliverables.
  7. Ability to effectively communicate with parties within and outside of own area to ensure that tasks and activities are understood and implemented. Ability to shift mindset and communication style to adapt to the project role (i.e., lead versus team member). Capable of explaining study objectives and helping research stakeholders form actionable research questions. Can alter communication style to present the results of research projects to audiences at various levels of sophistication.
  8. Ability to independently write proposals, manuscripts, and research reports. Can guide and direct the contributions of others to written work. Willingness to seek and respond positively to editorial input.
  9. Ability to provide guidance, coaching, and training to lower-level or new employees. Responsible for the delegation of project work and the review of others' work product. Can guide and direct the contributions of others to written work. 


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