Research Professional 2

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Classification:Research Professional 2
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood, Palmer, Talkeetna, Wasilla
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

This is a Research Professional (RP) position at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, specifically for work with the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) and the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS). This position is full-time for work on grant-funded projects. The RP works in collaboration with faculty principal investigators and senior research staff to accomplish project goals and may provide direction to research assistants. Likely to work on multiple projects simultaneously and may have multiple reporting relationships.


10Coordinate and liaison with community and agency collaborators, advisory councils, and funding agencies.Essential
15Use advanced education, training, and experience to design project materials and implementation protocols, assure fidelity of project implementation including Federal, State, and IRB compliance, and assist with IRB and grant renewal applications.Essential
20Contribute significantly to dissemination efforts, including via project reports, publications, and presentations. Respond to public requests for information.Essential
25Lead collection of qualitative and quantitative data, including developing instruments and protocols and supervising research assistants in data collection.Essential
30Serve as primary quantitative data analyst for education and/or health studies. Design, build, and maintain datasets. Compile, analyze, and display data. Use analytic skills to contribute to defining research questions and selecting appropriate research methods. Analyze data using a variety of quantitative methods; describe results in various formats, including visualizations, tables, and texts.Essential

The RP works in collaboration with faculty principal investigators and senior research staff to accomplish project goals. Likely to work on multiple projects simultaneously and may have multiple reporting relationships. Duties are completed with minimal direction.

Duties include quantitative and qualitative analysis; working with partners; designing data collection protocols, recruiting participants; collecting, entering, cleaning and analyzing data; and drafting sections of reports and presentations.

Must have good written and oral communication skills, ability to work well with a diverse set of colleagues, partners, and program participants.  Must have research skills including quantitative and qualitative data collection, statistical analysis, and data management.

Must be able to work independently, balance multiple priorities with conflicting deadlines, and analyze and solve complex research questions and day-to-day implementation problems.

The RP2 is responsible for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and University rules governing human subject research, confidential information, and project-specific protocols.


• Communication skills: Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences. Comfortable presenting to large groups including the public, other scientists or researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Report writing skills including technical writing, developing effective charts or figures to convey research findings, editing, and literature reviews.
• Research management and planning skills: Able to develop and follow project protocols to collect both qualitative and quantitative data, assuring all data collection, data entry, and data coding/analyses are conducted with rigor. May be required to recruit research subjects, administer informed consent per regulations, answer questions about projects, develop and maintain a database for tracking project progress, record and clean data for analysis, create reports, and/or perform literature searches related to project needs. Ability to conceptualize a research project and manage multiple deadlines and research activities. Ability to contribute to research proposal writing.
• Statistical analysis: Knowledge of basic statistical principles and statistics as demonstrated by: 1) ability to conduct basic descriptive and univariate analyses; 2) ability to understand and interpret statistical output for univariate and multivariate analyses; 3) ability to present statistical output in written format or verbal presentations.
• Qualitative data collection and analysis skills: Experience with interview and observational data collection techniques, document review, and qualitative analysis methods.
• Data Management: Ability to forecast data analysis needs and structure and maintain datasets accordingly. Experience managing both qualitative and quantitative datasets.
• Independent skills: Able to organize work and schedules on multiple projects and complete all assignments independently and on time; proactively communicate with project teams to identify and resolve any scheduling conflicts
• Problem solving skills: Able to analyze and solve complex research questions and day-to-day implementation problems. Uses appropriate professional judgment to involve others in more complex problems but offers ideas and potential solutions.
• Knowledge of research and human subjects compliance

Knowledge of SPSS.
Knowledge of NVivo or other qualitative software
Prior/current CITI Certification.


At least two years of related experience in research and/or evaluation.

Experience using data analysis software.


Bachelor's degree required; Bachelor's degree field in social science, public health, or related discipline is strongly preferred.
Master’s degree is preferred.
Unrestricted Alaska driver's license is required.
Some in-state and domestic travel may be required

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $25.82/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on March 5, 2020. This position will be recruited as a RP level II (Grade 79) or level III (Grade 80) depending on the individual’s education and years of experience.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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