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Tomoko Kawanaka

Visiting Research Associate

The Innovation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a full-time Visiting Research Associate to provide innovation and solutions through human-centered research projects in the externally funded Project Lab as well as research for the Innovation Center and UIC to begin on 12/1/2020. It may be required to take targeted trainings and/or sign non-disclosure documents before working on a project. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Labs and Educational Programs.

Key Responsibilities

• Perform surveys, interviews, observations or other methods according to established research protocols.

• Prepare data for analysis and execute details of studies. Perform analysis and document results.

• Contribute to meetings and presentations of research findings with partner company.

• Provide reports, analyses, data and information for administrative and evaluation purposes.

• Work on research within project timelines, budgets, and client requirements.

• Ensure the security of intellectual property.

• Provide professional expertise and keep current with developments in a relevant field (i.e., design, marketing, or engineering).

• Other special projects and duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required, though specific areas of interest are in design, marketing or engineering. Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and methods. Previous experience in the UIC Innovation Center’s IPD class or lab or in an interdisciplinary team setting is highly preferred.

The Visiting Research Associate is a full-time staff position with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UIC is a Carnegie Research 1 university that enrolls over 31,000 students on a 240-acre site one mile west of Chicago’s Loop. The UIC Innovation Center (IC) is a facility where faculty, students, and corporate and internal partners generate novel solutions, analyze and commercialize new discoveries, and work to bring actual products, services, systems, and experiences to the market. The IC is at the intersection of innovation and education, developing and applying design thinking methods within corporate and internally funded classes and labs to generate actionable innovation. Its unique interdisciplinary setting brings together the appropriate mix of student and faculty disciplines, concentrating on applying deep research to needs-based problems, or discovering unmet needs through human-centered research. In addition to offering experiential learning opportunities to students, the IC is planning to expand into corporate educational services such as design thinking workshops and a corporate MBA. The IC partners with the Colleges of Medicine; Architecture, Design, and the Arts; Engineering; and Business Administration. For more information on the Innovation Center, go to

For fullest consideration, applications must be received by September 7, 2020. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (phone and email) for three references to the UIC job board at

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois will conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Info:
Innovation Center
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, Illinois