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University of Utah Utah NASDC Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/25/2023

Requisition Number PRN13662N

Job Title Graduate Research Assistant

Working Title Utah NASDC Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 20

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Is this a work study job? No

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 20000 to 500000

Close Date

Job Summary

The Graduate Research Assistant for the NCI -Funded Utah “National Awardees Skills Development Consortia” ( NASDC ) Program will assist project leadership in managing and running a successful training program, including recruiting and hosting annual conferences in Salt Lake City for eligible early-career cancer researchers.

TheUtah NASDC ( training course is seeking a motivated and skilled graduate research assistant to join our team and support the program goal to train early-career researchers in “Cancer-Related Health Disparities Research, Leadership, and Mentoring” skills. Each autumn, the Utah NASDC program hosts an annual week-long conference where 25 eligible cancer researchers from across the country join us in Salt Lake City. The purpose of the conference is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of current NCI grantees, especially those who are junior faculty, in order to improve their skills in areas that are critical for establishing and maintaining successful independent academic cancer research careers and to develop the next generation of research leaders to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical cancer research needs.

The graduate research assistant’s duties will include preparing for, supporting, and evaluating the annual autumn conference. This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, and is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Start date : May 15, 2023 End date: December 7, 2023



  • Utilize advanced research skills and fine attention to detail to understand and represent the program goals as outlined in the research strategy
  • Assist in facilitating evaluations and data analysis procedures by supporting the needs of the program manager and evaluations officer. Note – this responsibility will include training opportunities for the graduate research assistant to learn evaluations methodologies and programs, as well as survey implementation and data analysis skills.
  • Attend and participate in weekly Utah NASDC leadership meetings to discuss program updates and action items
  • Facilitate Utah NASDC interests in collaborative meetings with stakeholders, including other institutions involved in the NASDC consortia, annual External Advisory Board meetings, meetings with the program’s evaluations officer, and monthly post-course webinars facilitated by Utah NASDC leadership for the participants
  • Identify and reach out to eligible researchers as a part of annual recruitment efforts
  • Serve alongside the program manager as a primary point of contact with the researchers, ensuring that their travel and participation in the annual Salt Lake City conference and that their needs and concerns are addressed to promote a positive and productive experience. This includes providing travel information, updating participant and leader contact information, supporting effective collaboration among researchers by grouping participants together according to research interests, coordinating with the venue to assure that all lodging and conference details align with participant needs, relaying dietary restrictions from participants for the catering groups, and working with course leaders to plan optional networking events outside of the main conference.
  • Foster an engaged and effective conference for participants, program leaders, course experts, and stakeholders
  • Provide end-of-program feedback to the program manager and other Utah NASDC leadership
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in a relevant field (e.g., public health, health services research, sociology)
  • Strong administration skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with data management system REDCap or willingness to learn REDCap (training will be provided)
  • Interest in working with early-career researchers focused on cancer health disparities research
  • Demonstrated commitment to making the University of Utah an inclusive, diverse community

Minimum Qualifications


Special Instructions Summary

This position offers a competitive compensation rate of $26,667 for 0.50 FTE ($53,334 for 1.0 FTE ) as well as the potential for tuition coverage toward eligible University of Utah graduate degree programs for the duration of the NIH -funded NASDC program. In addition to this compensation, the position also offers valuable experience in research and program administration, as well as opportunities to engage with rising stars and current leaders in cancer research from institutions across the country – including Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ), the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine ( DFPM ), and more.

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your program management experience that includes a diversity statement; resume/CV; and a list of three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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.

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.

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Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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