Research Professional

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  • Job Number:521240
  • Classification:Research Professional 2
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA College of Health
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage has an opening for a research associate to be involved in research at the intersection of climate change and human health in Alaska.


100Conduct research activities under the general direction of the PI/Project Director. This position is responsible for conducting research on assigned projects including instrument development, developing data collection processes, data management, and conducting analysis for multiple research projects, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Create research summaries for use in presentations and publications. This position is responsible for drafting research summaries, including introduction, methods, results, and discussion about assigned research projects. This position is responsible for assisting in the presentation of research findings Coordinate project activities with other project staff and community liaisons. This position is responsible for serving as the lead coordinator for project activities including developing IRB protocols, planning travel, ordering field supplies, and planning data collection activities such as survey implementation, field equipment set-up, or community workshops. Assist in writing grant proposals to secure additional funding. This position is responsible to assist the research team in writing grant proposals.Essential


• Ability to solve complex research questions/problems using analytical skills;
• Ability to create reports and research summaries for use in publications;
• Experience with project management;
• Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple activities and projects;
• Ability to work at an efficient pace, organize work, and problem-solve;
• Knowledge of data collection and data entry procedures;
• Ability to manage data (e.g. using Excel, Access, GoogleSheets, Qualtrics, REDCap);
• Ability to analyze data and working knowledge of biostatistical methods (e.g., using Excel, SAS, R, SPSS) is a plus;
• GIS experience is a plus;
• Ability to manipulate data to produce charts, graphs, and tables;
• Ability to conduct literature reviews;
• Strong writing and documentation skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive and collaborative relationships with various partners and colleagues from different disciplines;
• Ability to seek additional help/support when needed; and,
• Ability to work both independently and as an active, engaged team member.


  • Ability to analyze data and working knowledge of biostatistical methods (e.g., using Excel, SAS, R, SPSS).
  • GIS experience. 


One year experience working on research projects related to public health or environmental health (project management and data management).


Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, or related field, or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field(s) combined with two or more years of related experience, including personal experience.


About the University of Alaska and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies:
Located in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city (current population, ~289,000) and in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the State’s largest post-secondary institution. UAA is considered the “Health Campus” for the University of Alaska’s multi-campus system, with undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, nursing, allied health professional programs and social work. UAA also has a Master of Public Health program and participates in WWAMI, a decentralized medical school program among universities in five northwestern states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) ( is a collaborative, multidisciplinary applied health research center within the UAA Division of Population Health Sciences. The mission of ICHS is to improve the health of peoples of Alaska and other circumpolar areas through instruction, information services, and basic and applied research in health and medicine. ICHS connects faculty with local, state, tribal, federal, and international partners to find solutions for pressing health concerns in Alaska and the Circumpolar North. Our applied research focus supports public health planning and provides opportunities for students to gain research experience. Our faculty and staff have expertise in epidemiologic study design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and community engagement.

Position Summary:
This position will work independently and as a part of a team undertaking all components of the research cycle including grant development, research study design, data collection protocols, data collection, management, and analysis, development of research publications, and presentation of research results. Projects topics are varied and include studies on the physical and mental health impacts of wildfires, wild food consumption and food security, water and sanitation interventions in rural Alaska, and creating tools for climate adaptation planning.  This position will be under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Micah Hahn. 



Assignment Information:
This is a full-time or part-time, term-funded, Grade 79, (actual salary will be DOE), 12 month appointment with the possibility of extension contingent on performance and availability of funds. Full-time but part-time may be considered, complete with competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. 
Competitive salary will be based upon level of academic preparation and experience.

Conditions of Employment:

  • To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.
  • Preferred in Anchorage, AK, although remote work requests may be considered.

Application Procedure:

Applicants will need to upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter that describes your qualifications and research experience, professional goals, and specific interest in this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references

Review Date:
Review of applications will begin on August 4, 2022.  Recruitment will remain open until filled.


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.

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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