University of Utah Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/14/2018

Requisition Number PRN18405B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Research Associate

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40.00

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00958 - DFPM-Administration

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $40,000-$70,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is looking for a full-time Research Associate. This position provides an excellent opportunity to expand research skills and work with an investigator studying substance use policy, health disparities, health behaviors, and other related research.


1. Oversees and conducts statistical analyses, including: descriptive statistics, sample comparisons, regression analyses, longitudinal analyses, survival analyses, mixed-effect models and multivariable analyses.

2. Assists with study design development and other research as needed within the program or department.

3. Cleans and formats data for statistical analyses.

4. Use data statistical packages (Stata,SAS, S-Plus, SEERstat,SPSSacceptable) and writes procedures in applicable program

5. Makes recommendations to respective Principal Investigator (P.I.) as to preferable methods of analyses and research formats for proposed projects.

6. Writes policy briefs regarding publicly-funded projects

7. Assists with research proposals, grants, and manuscripts and presentation materials.

8. Reviews and stays current on project-related literature (Substance use policy, health disparities, health behaviors, and related topics)

9. May devise methods and procedures for collecting data.

10. May travel to a variety of sites within and outside the University to coordinate research projects; and, acts as the University’s representative for a specialty area when contacting other departments and outside organizations.

11. Prepares and maintains regulatory documents associated with studies.

12. Knowledge and/or interest in the following areas with a United States focus: Substance use policy, health disparities, health behaviors, and related topics.

Problem Solving: The Research Associate is responsible for coordinating research while working with all levels and variety of staff internally and externally to the University. They must employ expertise to determine the most favorable research formats and methods of analysis necessary to attain research objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or PhD in Statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology or a related field or equivalency; plus, two years related research experience


• Excellent interpersonal relationship and effective communication skills

• Advanced statistical knowledge and experience

• Commitment to policy-relevant research

• Experience in program monitoring and evaluation

• Knowledge of health behaviors and services and an understanding of their determinants, consequences and policy implications

• Outstanding academic writing skills

• Strong project management and organizational skills

• Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously

• Ability to work as a member of a research team and communicate with supervisors, faculty and other research staff

• Statistical software knowledge (e.g., Stata,SASor R)

• Prior research, monitoring or evaluation

• Prior first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals

• Experience developing and disseminating policy briefs or other policy-making content

• Spanish-speaking ability

• Prior experience developing and applying data-to-decision-making strategies in program implementation

• Experience with grant writing

• Experience with creating publication quality graphs, figures, and infographics

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

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.