Job Information

University of Utah Research Assistant/Analyst in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/29/2024

Requisition Number PRN14522N

Job Title Research Assistant/Analyst

Working Title Research Assistant/Analyst

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week up to 20 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Temporary position until Fall 2024.

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00196 - Health & Kinesiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

Job Summary

The Sayu Lab for Biomechanics & Locomotion at the University of Utah is seeking highly motivated candidates for a research assist to assist in ongoing studies involving biomechanics and clinical gait analysis. The candidate will work with Dr. Kota Takahashi to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that bridge biomechanics, physiology, engineering and rehabilitation medicine. The candidate will assist in data collection and analyses in ongoing clinical studies involving: 1) biomechanics and physiology of individuals with leg amputation and diabetes, 2) foot-ankle muscle function and energetics in older adults, and 3) foot-ankle robotics/prosthetics and gait biomechanics in individuals with a leg amputation.


· Perform rigorous scientific experiments and work within an interdisciplinary team consisting of biomechanists, physiologists, clinicians, and statisticians.

· Conduct biomechanics and physiology testing with a variety of instruments and tools (3D motion capture, force plates, electromyography, ultrasound, metabolic energy analysis).

· Ensure data quality of biomechanics-related testing.

· Perform data analyses and write computer code (Visual3D, Matlab).

· Manage human subjects’ data and oversee IRB protocols.

· Assist with patient recruitment and scheduling.

· Prepare standardized operating procedures for lab equipment.

· Troubleshoot lab equipment

· Train undergraduate and graduate students in lab equipment and analyses

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a Social or Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts, or a field related to the area of research, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education); one year of experience in research and analytical techniques; demonstrated statistical and quantitative analysis experience; and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills required.

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


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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