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University of Utah RA-Systematic Reviewer-Trial Search Expert in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/28/2018

Requisition Number PRN08224N

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title RA-Systematic Reviewer-Trial Search Expert

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 4

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

This position is a part-time position (4-6 hours per week) in the College of Social Work. This position’s continuation is dependent on continuation of funding.

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area Academic Affairs


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $7,215 annually

Close Date

Job Summary

The College of Social Work at the University of Utah invites applications for a Part-time Research Associate to work on a funded project related to systematic reviews of Eyewitness Identification Research. The grant for this project is provisionally funded until December 2019 and is subcontracted to the University of Utah through The University of Virginia.

College, University, and Environment:

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation and is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. The University is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. This location offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with ten world-class ski resorts and five national parks within hours of the city. Salt Lake City is the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately one million residents, has extensive arts and cultural activities, and has a major international airport with a Delta Airlines hub and direct flights to most U.S. cities and direct international flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Mexico City. The area has received international recognition for its new light rail system, foodie culture, downtown renewal, and increasing diversity. In 2017, U.S News and World report ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th best place to live in the nation.

The College of Social Work (CSW), established in 1937, is the only institution in the Intermountain West that offers all three degrees in social work:BSW,MSW, and PhD. TheCSWhouses a number of research entities providing faculty and students research opportunities and support for locating and managing external funding including: the Social Research Institute; the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development; the Utah Criminal Justice Center; the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration; and the Goodwill Initiative on Aging. Currently,CSWfaculty are conducting a number of federally-funded, translational social research projects to advance social work research and innovate evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations in need. Funding sources include the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Department of Defense (DOD); the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI); the National Institute of Justice (NIJ); the National Science Foundation (NSF); the Veterans Administration (VA); the Children’s Bureau; and the Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).CSWresearch funding also comes from state, county, and foundation sources. The College’s Goodwill Humanitarian Building features state-of-the-art clinical training suites equipped with one-way mirrors and audio-visual technology for real-time clinical supervision and feedback, as well as a sophisticated psychophysiology lab for cutting-edge social work neuroscience.


The Research Associate reports to the Principal Investigator of the University of Utah subcontract site. The Research Associate acts as a key member of the University of Utah team responsible for conducting an overview of existing systematic reviews of eyewitness identification studies, a scoping review of available evidence, and a small series of systematic reviews in areas to be determined. The Research Associate collaborates to provide an effective and superior quality systematic review service, including working with the team to develop workable protocols, creating and documenting expert literature searches, validating and peer reviewing information retrieval strategies, advising on systematic review standards and methods, supporting citation management throughout the process, and co-authoring manuscripts based upon completed systematic reviews.

Minimum Qualifications

•MLSorMLISdegree from anALA-accredited library school or other relevant accredited graduate degree; Library/Information Science graduate students will be considered if they meet other requirements (OR) minimum 2 years professional experience as a systematic review information retrieval expert

•Expert literature searching experience, particularly using social science and other key scientific databases

•Familiarity with systematic review search methodology, guidelines, and standards, including theIOMStandards,PRISMA, Cochrane and the Campbell Collaboration

•Flexibility and adaptability for work in a fast-paced, changing environment

•Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

•Ability to work as a team member and independently

•Distance employment will be considered


•Demonstrated experience working on systematic review teams across disciplines

•In-depth knowledge of information resources and databases, includingMEDLINE, CochraneCENTRAL, social sciences databases, and grey literature resources

•Demonstrated ability in project management

•Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills

•Expert knowledge of bibliographic management tools, including EndNote

Special Instructions Summary

Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above; a curriculum vitae; names of three references; and a sample of an expert search you have completed (a completed systematic review search strategy you have designed and executed is preferred).

Review of application begins July 1, 2018 and continues until the position is filled. If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Joanne Yaffe, Professor

University of Utah College of Social Work

395 S 1500 E. Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to applicants, consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801) 581-7447.

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

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