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University of Utah Senior Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/09/2023

Requisition Number PRN36568B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Senior Research Associate

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8am-5pm, some nights and weekends. Remote and on-site. Some travel may be required.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00019 - Undergraduate Studies

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $70,000/yr. - $80,000/yr. depending on experience and qualifications

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

As part of the development of a national center on higher education in prison research, the Senior Research Associate ( SRA ) will provide leadership and support for a national mixed methods longitudinal study on prison higher education. In partnership with institutional and program leaders, the SRA will support the development and planning of the study, including the development of new data collection tools, methods, and protocols for tracking the participation and outcomes of incarcerated students.

The Senior Research Associate will work under the supervision of Principal Investigators Dr.’s Erin L. Castro and Jason Taylor at the University of Utah. We strongly encourage applications from individuals directly impacted by incarceration and punishment systems.


· Provide leadership for all phases of research design and planning of qualitative and quantitative research projects. This includes reviewing literature and existing research designs, developing data collection instruments and tools, piloting and validating data collection mechanisms, and grant report writing.

· Facilitate data collection instrument development, including assessing the feasibility of using existing data institutional and state data collection mechanisms, and survey development.

· Facilitate research-practice partnerships with campus administrators in institutional research, admissions, registrar units, and prison education program leadership among a group of higher education institutions.

· Support and provide leadership for project management activities, including developing and maintaining research procedures and timelines, supporting data management, communicating with stakeholders, supporting technology needs, ensuring IRB compliance and supporting technical assistance throughout the project.

· Identify high-impact practices and key student engagement metrics for the field of higher education in prison.

Minimum Qualifications

· Knowledge of postsecondary education research and data infrastructure;

· Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about educational equity and justice;

· Experience working on and/or managing a multi-site research project;

· Experience conducting applied social science and/or educational research, including research methodology, research design, survey techniques, program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis;

· Terminal degree in education, social sciences, or related field or comparable professional experience;

· Proficiency with NVivo software and experience with at least one other quantitative analysis program (e.g., STATA , SPSS );

· Expertise with Microsoft Excel;

· Strong written communication, verbal communication, and organizational skills;

· Experience coordinating communications and associated logistics on a multi-site research project.


● Experience managing data and evaluation tools and developing data management tools;

● Advanced experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis;

● Advanced knowledge of the field of higher education.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

One sample research paper where you are either the lead author or substantially contributed to analysis

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112



Online reports may be submitted at oeo.utah.edu

For more information: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/

To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu (%20employment@utah.edu) or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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