Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/06/2024

Requisition Number PRN37639B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

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 00129 - Social & Behav Science-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 62000 - 70000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

TheCollege of Social and Behavioral Science ( at theUniversity of Utah ( is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with an interest in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to US Census data. AI is having far-reaching effects as it moves into everyday systems, such as healthcare, education, policy, immigration, and criminal justice, often with a focus on individualized outcomes. Interdisciplinary research is critical for developing “responsible” technologies that forward the public interest, recognizing AI as both a technological approach and a social practice (e.g. how humans are classified, how we identify technological problems, how we understand our society). Federal Statistical Research Data Centers, such as theWasatch Front Research Data Center ( WFRDC ) ( , located in the Interdisciplinary Exchange for Utah Science ( NEXUS ), offer a unique resource of census microdata, allowing the exploration of socio-demographic dynamics at an individual level, and there is a significant opportunity to apply AI methodologies to these data. We seek a researcher interested in developing research that integrates AI methods with the type of microdata held in the WFRDC . The successful candidate for this position will have a record of working with socio-demographic data and AI methods, and a commitment to responsible AI applications.

Applicants should articulate a research plan that encompasses their own agenda and work with AI in ways that explicitly consider ethical implications. The research plan should involve analysis of census microdata at the WRFDC and the integration of other datasets (e.g. on redlining, mortgage lending, environmental exposures or health outcomes), and should reflect the specific research interests of the applicant. The selected applicant will join a collaborative team of geographers, sociologists, and other researchers using the WFRDC . Ideally, applicants will demonstrate interest in collaborations within the college and across campus. They will also have the opportunity to provide training for students interested in linking AI with, for example, research methods and ethics, policy applications, and social justice.


  • Carry out independent research
  • Engage in research collaborations with University of Utah faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students
  • Utilize resources associated with the Wasatch Front Regional Data Center
  • Document research activities and follow applicable data management protocols
  • Share research skills and findings with faculty, postdocs, and grad students through research group meetings, seminars, and/or classes

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in data science, computer science, demography, geography, GIS , sociology, or other closely-related field with experience related to machine/deep learning algorithms, by the anticipated start date.
  • Enthusiasm about applying AI methods to social-environmental problems.
  • Extensive experience with data science methods and approaches, including the use of scientific computer programming in languages such as R and Python.
  • Familiarity working with large, complex datasets.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities.
  • Ability to work independently, lead project deliverables and meet deadlines.
  • Due to data access restrictions in Federal Statistical Data Centers, candidates should be either a U.S. resident or a foreign national who has been in the U.S. 3 of the last 5 years. Some data access requires U.S. citizenship.


  • Experience and interest in critical AI perspectives and ethical considerations in the application of AI to human-data research
  • Prior practical, coursework, and/or research experience with the proliferation of bias and stereotypes, societal implications of data-driven technologies and/or the role of predictive practices in politics, society, and economics

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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.

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

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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