Job Information

University of Utah Data Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/31/2023

Requisition Number PRN36769B

Job Title Data Scientist

Working Title

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Computer Employee

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01323 - Utah Education Policy Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 75,900 to 148,100

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Apply your technology and analytic skills to impact today’s critical education issues as a Data Scientist for the Utah Education Policy Center ( UEPC ). At the UEPC you will work with experienced Education Evaluators and Researchers, as well as clients, to design and explain insights from your data analysis . Help us provide timely, high-quality, data-driven analyses to put valuable information in the hands of policy makers.

The Utah Education Policy Center is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit University of Utah research center administered within the College of Education. The UEPC bridges research, policy, and practice in public schools and higher education, and is committed to increasing educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults.

The UEPC informs, influences, and improves the quality of educational policies, practices, and leadership through research, evaluation, and technical assistance. We are committed to supporting the understanding of whether educational policies, programs, and practices are being implemented as intended, whether they are effective and impactful, and how they may be improved, scaled-up, and made sustainable.


  • Design empirical research projects to answer education policy questions using a variety of data sources including surveys, school records, and participation data.
  • Meet with UEPC team members and clients to discuss the advantages and limitations of different research methodologies (e.g., surveys, quasi-experimental designs, randomized experiments).
  • Estimate the time and resources required for projects.
  • Pull data from and push new data to SQL databases.
  • Wrangle data, including matching student identifiers to school records and joining data from multiple sources.
  • Identify problems with data, especially bias introduced by missing data.
  • Design and conduct appropriate statistical analyses using a statistical programming language such as R or python. Conduct t -tests, Chi Squared tests, repeated-measures and mixed ANOVAs, regression with both continuous and binary outcomes, and multi-level modeling. Report the methods and results of analyses in language understandable to a lay audience.
  • Create high quality data visualizations using a statistical programming language.
  • Document code for continuity of operations.
  • Maintain version control of code using Git.
  • Understand and adhere to federal and state data privacy laws and University of Utah Institutional Review Board data privacy policies. Advise UEPC team members on data privacy and data security issues.
  • Meet deadlines for multiple independent projects while maintaining communication with team members and clients.
  • Support UEPC team members and ensure established goals and deadlines are met.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 6-8 years of related experience in the field or related area or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) required.

This position has no responsibility for providing care to patients.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Proficiency with the R statistical programming language, especially the R tidyverse and packages dbplyr, purrr, and lme4.
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in a research-related field.
  • Experience or familiarity with research in education settings and school record data.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

A cover letter is required to apply for this position. Please use the cover letter as an opportunity to showcase how you would approach projects at UEPC , an analytic project you have worked on from conception to completion, and your written communication skills to tell us things your resume cannot.

A resume/CV listing three references, including an immediate supervisor. Notification will be given prior to reference contact.

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


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To inquire about this posting, email: ( 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.

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