Job Information

University of Utah Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/11/2023

Requisition Number PRN36038B

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

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00952 - Division of Epidemiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 65,000 to 95,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah seeks a highly motivated Research Associate to join its staff. This individual will work both independently and assist researchers in the fields of social science, mental health, and anthropology using mixed-method research, policy and program evaluation, and leadership in multiple environments across the nation. This work includes developing technologies and existing alternatives. This position will work closely with the Trajectories of Resilience, Communities, and Health ( TORCH ) Lab, located on the University of Utah campus and at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs campus.


A PhD in Public Health or relevant education and/or equivalent training in health service research, epidemiology, or a related field highly preferred. Post-graduate or post-doctoral training or relevant real-world experience in conducting health service research with experience in biostatistics, epidemiology, or data science is preferred.

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship for employment visa status.

This position has no responsibility for providing care to patients.


The specific job responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Participates in study design development, and other research as needed within the program or department.
  2. Collects and analyzes qualitative and or survey data and conducts mixed methods analyses and uses applicable programs such as Excel, NVivo, Atlas ti, Stata, SPSS , SAS , ARC GIS , R, etc.
  3. Construct methods and procedures for collecting data:
  • Collects data using multiple methods, including primary sources such as interviews focus groups, and surveys.
  • Examines large-scale secondary datasets (such as from survey collections, or other medical data), as relevant. In addition, may review patient charts, death certificates, other health information documents to obtain and verify data.
  • Formats data for qualitative and/or statistical analysis.
  1. Oversees and conducts qualitative and/or quantitative statistical analyses:
  • Employs methods to identify a priori and emergent themes in data, develops code books, conducts inter-rater reliability and other qualitative methods as necessary.
  • Employs methods of descriptive statistics, including sample comparisons, regression analysis, survival analysis, mixed effects models, multivariate analysis, and interprets results.
  • Makes recommendations to respective Principal Investigator (PI) as to preferable methods of analysis and research formats for proposed projects, may act as PI in some departments.
  • Conducts mixed methods analysis.
  • Conducts spatial analysis.
  • Manages research projects from start to finish, including overseeing regulatory responsibilities such as IRBs.

  • Writes project reports, research proposals, grant, and manuscripts.

  • Directs preparation of manuscripts and presentation materials.
  • Trains and mentors other staff in data collection and analytic methods.
  • Travels to a variety of sites within and outside the University to coordinate research projects, and acts as a University representative for a specialty area when contacting other departments and outside organizations.

Minimum Qualifications


Demonstrates excellent verbal communication skills and personal sensitivity, including the ability to talk with people from various backgrounds.

Expertise in theory, and research related to public health and/or policy.

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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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