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Research Associate
Salt Lake City
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Job Title
Research Associate
Working Title
Research Associate
Job Grade
Patient Sensitive Job Code?
Standard Hours per Week
Full Time or Part Time?
Full Time
Work Schedule Summary
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
VP Area
U of U Health - Academics
Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment
External Posting
Pay Rate Range
50000 to 75000
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Job Summary
Family Planning Elevated (FPE) is an externally funded project that is operated by the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Family Planning Division.FPEis a three-year program designed to expand contraceptive access across the state of Utah through clinic-level capacity building (training, education, technical support) and patient-centered care (contraceptive education, counseling, and services).
The Research Associate will serve as the data manager and senior analyst onFPE-related research projects. Responsibilities include: developing and applying monitoring and evaluation frameworks across the project, overseeing data collection from the project, developing data-to-decision-making processes to improve project quality and outputs, conducting advanced statistical analyses of both qualitative and quantitative data, providing accurate data reporting to inform grant reporting, proposals, and manuscripts, developing policy briefs relating to outputs ofFPEand other family planning issues, and working to broaden research within the Family Planning Division and the OB/GYNDepartment.
The Research Associate will work closely withFPEpartner health centers and organizations to collect clinic and patient-level data and assist in monitoring and evaluating the activities ofFPE. The Research Associate will be expected to work on-site in the Family Planning Division’s offices at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Research Associate will work closely with Dr. Kyl Myers, the Director of Family Planning Elevated, and Dr. Rebecca Simmons, FPE’s senior evaluation faculty member, as well as the other members of theFPEteam and broader Family Planning Division.
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.Manages data statistical packages (Stata preferred, experience withSAS, 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 family planning programs in Utah.
7.Assists with research proposals, grants, and manuscripts and presentation materials.
8.Reviews and stays current on project-related literature (contraception, unintended pregnancy, abortion, sexual and reproductive health disparities, Medicaid, Title X, patient assistance programs, 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: unintended pregnancy, contraception, abortion, sex education, publicly funded family planning services (Medicaid expansion, State Plan Amendments, Title X), federally qualified health centers, provision and costs of reproductive health services, health care systems and sexual and reproductive health disparities.
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 sociology, public health, bioinformatics, 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 sexual and reproductive 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
•Stata statistical software knowledge
•Prior research, monitoring or evaluation specifically related to sexual and reproductive health
•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
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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 ****. 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/
), 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
retirement plan and other employees with prior
service, may elect to enroll in the
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
must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please **** 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.
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