University of Utah Research Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Research Assistant Professor


City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Non Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 2/1/19


The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) at the University of Utah is accepting applications for a Research Assistant Professor. The Center forHOPE, headed by Dr. David Wetter, conducts community-based and clinical research that focuses on health inequities, behavioral risk factors, cancer screening and vaccination, and use of state of the science mobile health technologies for both assessment and intervention. Special populations of interest include Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, African Americans, LGBTQ+, low socioeconomic status individuals, and rural/frontier. The Research Assistant Professor will have the opportunity to participate inNIH- andPCORI-funded intervention, mechanism, and dissemination/implementation studies. Treatment approaches include smartphone apps, motivational enhancement therapies, mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral interventions, and health care system changes. Assessment approaches include on-body human sensing technologies and ecological momentary assessments. Study designs include Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART), Micro-Randomized Trials (MRT), and longitudinal cohorts.

The successful candidate will join an established research team with a large portfolio of federally-funded intervention, mechanism, and dissemination/implementation studies. The Research Assistant Professor will work effectively in a multidisciplinary group setting in areas of design of data collection instruments, study design, statistical programming, management and analysis of data, graphical presentation of data and writing of reports which include explanations of the statistical methods used and interpretation of results. The duties require skills in data analysis, interest in new statistical methods, and mastery of at least one statistical programming language. The Research Assistant Professor will have publication and grant-writing opportunities, and will share in authorship and investigator status in a manner commensurate with their effort and responsibilities. For interested candidates, there are outstanding opportunities for further developing quantitative analysis and statistical expertise via workshops, courses, and with our collaborators across campus. Salary is extremely competitive with excellent fringe benefits.


1.Incumbent must be a self-motivated academic investigator who interacts and communicates well with others at the professional, technical, and administrative levels by means of telephone, oral, written, and electronic communication.

2.Work well in a team science environment.

3.Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to document work through statistical analysis plans and reports

4.Demonstrated expertise in either theSAS, MPlus, or R statistical programming languages

5.Interest in learning new statistical methods

6.Develop and maintain research projects with evidence of high quality, and productivity, and obtain extramural funding to support this research, either independently or in collaboration.

7.Collaborate with other investigators within the Department, other institutional departments, as well as other institutions, on new and ongoing research projects.

8.Identify and solve problems relating to job responsibilities utilizing knowledge and experience.

9.Interview, train and supervise research assistants, quantitative and biostatistics personnel, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to accomplish research projects.

10.Mentor postdoctoral fellows.

11.Present lectures using visual aids to faculty, fellows, graduate students, and at other institutions in a clear and understandable manner.

12.Submit research for publication in peer-reviewed journals as primary author and as co-author.

13.Commute (walk or drive) between campus buildings and collaborative institutions on a frequent basis.

Inquiries may be sent to:

Sandy Drollinger, 801-587-0742

If interested in this position please apply on line by going to the following quicklink:

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

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.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif 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 fromURSare 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 and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Minimum Qualifications

A doctoral degree in statistics, biostatistics, psychology or another social science, or related field (epidemiology, applied mathematics, public health). Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Must meet the qualifications for Research Assistant Professor as set by the Department of Population Health Sciences.


Knowledge and experience in social science theory, methodology and research are required. The position requires a successful publication record commensurate with experience. Success in obtaining peer-reviewed research funding highly desired, either as principal investigator or co-investigator.

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Requisition Number PRN02182F

Type Faculty