Job Information

University of Utah Science Research Initiative (SRI) Fellow in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/10/2022

Requisition Number PRN28886B

Job Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

Working Title Science Research Initiative (SRI) Fellow

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00113 - College of Science-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 40000 to 60000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The College of Science at the University of Utah invites applications for a scientist or mathematician with a Ph.D. in astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, or related fields to help support teaching and research in the Science Research Initiative ( SRI ). The SRI is a unique program that focuses on providing undergraduate students with authentic research experiences during their first and second year of college. For more information on the SRI please clickhere ( .

The SRI Fellow position will provide three (3) years of funded training in mentorship and teaching, as well as the opportunity to develop high-impact undergraduate research experiences at an institution with a world-class research infrastructure and community.


Unlike traditional postdocs, SRI Fellows will be responsible for developing an independent research program that will be implemented into research streams (seehere ( for details on current research streams) that are designed exclusively for first year undergraduate students. Fellows will also be responsible for teaching and supporting undergraduate courses associated with the SRI . SRI fellows will be provided with: research space; access to shared equipment; research funds; and discipline- and pedagogy-specific mentorship. In addition, fellows will liaise with faculty PIs to manage and oversee other research streams related to their area of interest, train teaching assistants, help manage student placement into streams, and help evaluate overall program outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications


An ideal candidate will have undergraduate teaching/mentoring experience; a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate mentorship; a demonstrated ability to collaborate constructively with faculty, students, and staff with diverse scientific interests; and experience conceiving and executing complex projects. Researchers interested in pursuing academic positions at primarily undergraduate institutions may be especially drawn to this position, as SRI fellows will have the opportunity to develop a robust plan for undergraduate teaching and research. The position is for three years, subject to review after one year, and can begin as early as July 1, 2022. SRI fellows will receive a competitive salary and funding for research.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a short description of research accomplishments/experience (1 page), (4) a short description of 2-3 proposed research streams including any specialized equipment needed to complete the research (2-3 pages), (5) a teaching/mentorship statement (1-2 pages), (6) a brief statement identifying 2-3 potential mentors (2-3 sentences for each) who you believe would be appropriate to advise on the proposed research streams and/or support your development, and (7) contact information for three references who will be contacted following initial review of applications.

All documents should be submitted in PDF format. For full consideration, applications must be received by February 20, 2022. E-mail questions to .

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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For more information:

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.