Job Information

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


Open Date 06/30/2022

Requisition Number PRN31249B

Job Title PS Research Assistant/Analyst

Working Title Research Assistant/Analyst

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 01852 - HCI David Wetter Research Prog

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity ( HOPE ) at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute is accepting applications for a full-time Research Assistant. The Center for HOPE , headed by Dr. David Wetter, conducts community-engaged, clinical, and implementation science research that focuses on health inequities, behavioral risk factors, chronic and infectious disease prevention, screening and vaccination, healthcare systems, and the use of state of the science digital health technologies for both assessment and intervention. Health conditions currently targeted by these projects include tobacco cessation, HPV vaccination, COVID tests and vaccinations, and colorectal screening. Special populations of interest include low socioeconomic status, rural/frontier, and diverse populations (e.g., Latinx, American Indians/Alaska Natives, LGBTQ+).

The Research Assistant will work across multiple studies in mobile health (mHealth) but may have the opportunity to assist with other research projects at the Center for HOPE .

The ideal candidate should at a minimum demonstrate interest and the ability to perform the essential tasks relevant to the conduction and coordination of mHealth research activities. Training in study-specific areas and regulatory protocols will be provided.

Required Qualifications:

The applicant should have excellent interpersonal skills and should demonstrate the ability to work with multiple, diverse constituencies, and demonstrate a willingness to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion within the clinical and research setting. Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Word, and Excel, and be willing to learn how to use other data capture systems and procedures. Qualified applicants will demonstrate the ability to be self-starters, manage multiple aspects of ongoing research studies, work cooperatively with others in a research team; ability treat community members and study participants with respect and courtesy. Some evenings, weekends, and local travel may be required to accommodate patients as needed, or possibly attend community events. Applicants should have reliable transportation and safe driving history.

Experience working with diverse communities is ideal, and experience speaking with the public to educate and inform about research studies is a plus. After joining the team, familiarity with IRB principles, regulations, and processes, knowledge of Good Clinical Practices, and HIPAA requirements will be required.

The Research Assistant will perform a variety of research tasks and is expected to work collaboratively with multiple project teams, community partners, and other stakeholders. They will work with senior staff to coordinate technical and administrative details involved in research studies, as well as assist the Principal Investigator (PI) and senior staff in achieving study integrity and objectives through the successful implementation and completion of protocols and procedures. They may also assist with the Center for HOPE’s community engagement and recruitment efforts, and support additional partnership development..

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


Participant interaction and data management

● Work directly with research participants to complete screening, enrollment, informed consent, and explain study procedures

● Assist with data collection, entry, and compliance, and maintain participant databases

● May ensure proper collection, processing, and shipment of saliva samples

● Maintain study source documents and historical data, status reports, progress notes, and subject log to help ensure participant safety

● Track and report enrollment, and execute strategies to promote enrollment and compliance

Technical assistance and support

● Assesses study protocol for clarity and participant safety, reviews inclusion/exclusion criteria; clarifies concerns and questions

● Work with study team members to develop, refine, and proof study protocols, reports, and presentations to funding agencies and community partners

● Assist with regulatory compliance, including development and tracking of IRB applications, amendments, and continuing reviews after completing required training

● Assist with the development and execution of data use agreements

● Report and track adverse events; document all protocol deviations

● Complete audits and quality control assessments on clinic documents


● Coordinate communications between team members as appropriate

● Assist with the development of meeting agendas, documentation of meeting minutes, distribution of action items

● Attend and participate in Investigator and staff meetings. Advise team regarding specific study assignments and timelines as appropriate

● Assist with project coordination by organizing and maintaining file storage in secure cloud storage (e.g., Box) and through updating project tasks/timelines in project management software

● Assist with training new team members

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a Social or Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts, or a field related to the area of research, or equivalency; one year of experience in research and analytical techniques; demonstrated statistical and quantitative analysis experience; and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills required.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.


Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Learn more about HCI’s commitments at and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

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)

135 Park Building

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.

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