University of Utah Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/12/2018

Requisition Number PRN16573B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Research Associate

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

days (with evening/weekend duties, as needed)

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00143 - Psychology Department

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 33000 to 37000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Dr. Bruce Ellis in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah ( invites applications for a full-time Research Associate. The successful candidate will oversee an ongoing research project examining skill development among youth. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. The acquired skills will be beneficial for those intending to apply to graduate school in psychology or human development. Preferred start date is April 1, 2018.


The research associate will oversee all aspects of a research project examining how growing up under challenging or adverse circumstances (including poverty and unpredictability) may relate to the development of cognitive skills among youth. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating data collection efforts at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake and other afterschool locations. Related responsibilities include:

1.Recruiting and managing a team of undergraduate research assistants responsible for interviewing teenage participants at afterschool locations (e.g., Boys and Girls Clubs); the project coordinator will also conduct interviews as needed.

2.Scheduling the research team members, training research assistants in the study procedures, and monitoring their progress.

3.Serving as a liaison between the research staff and Boys and Girls Club directors.

4.Organizing and attending weekly meetings with project staff.

5.Monitoring progress of data collection efforts and consent procedures (i.e., “study data and documentation monitoring” as required byIRB).

6.Programming study questionnaires in Qualtrics.

7.Cleaning and screening data inSPSS.

8.Maintaining a repository with updated project materials andIRBsubmission documents.

9.Identifying, discussing, and solving problems related to the project.

10.Performing project-relevant administrative tasks, such as maintenance of budgets, lab web page updates, and purchasing lab equipment and supplies.

11.Assisting in the preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, grant proposals, research materials, and outreach materials.

12.The ability to work closely and collaboratively with other project members, including students (undergraduate and graduate) and principal investigators.

13.Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule (including some evening/weekend hours, as needed) to accommodate data collection.

Minimum Qualifications


MINIMUMQUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field is required prior to the start date. Research and/or related professional experience (for example, working with low-income families and/or teenagers) is also required. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills (both oral and written), organizational skills, computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and the willingness to learn and develop additional computer skills related to data management and preparation of data for analysis. Experience using relevant software programs (e.g.,SPSS, Qualtrics) is also highly desired.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Inquiries related to this position should be addressed to Dr. Bruce Ellis ( or Dr. Danielle DelPriore ( Applicants should attach a cover letter describing their training, interests, and experience (including how they relate to the responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job description). Applicants should also submit an updated curriculum vitae (not more than 3 pages), including names and contact information for three professional references, and a copy of any college transcripts. Please submit these documents as a single pdf file.

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 qualified applicants, upon request and 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”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, 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 for information.

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