Research Professional 3

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Classification:Research Professional 3
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking two strong applicants for full-time Research Professional 3 (RP3) positions, to work on grant-funded projects, primarily in the role of Project Manager. Specific duties may vary based on project, but in general the positions will assist in developing and carrying out all aspects of the project work plan.


10Collect qualitative and quantitative data, including developing instruments and protocols. Conduct analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, including data visualization of results.Essential
10Contribute significantly to project reports, publications, and project outreach and promotion.Essential
10Effectively lead other research staff, including providing training and work supervision to research associates and research assistants, day-to-day guidance and oversight related to project-specific goals, and ongoing staff management and development.Essential
10Engage in day-to-day problem-solving required to ensure project objectives and goals are met on time and within budget.Essential
25Use 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
30Under direction of PI, manage all aspects of one or multiple research projects of medium to high complexity.Essential
5Coordinate and liaison with community and agency collaborators, advisory councils, and funding agencies.Essential


Communication skills: Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences. Technical writing and editing skills. Presentation/platform experience and skills; comfortable presenting to groups.

Research skills: Advanced knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures. Able to follow project protocols to develop work plans, collect qualitative and quantitative data, oversee data entry, and assure that data coding/analyses are conducted with rigor. May be required to recruit research subjects, administer informed consent per regulations, answer questions about project, develop and maintain a database for tracking project progress, record and clean data for analysis, create reports and presentations, and/or perform literature searches related to project needs.

Team management skills: Ability to successfully lead the work of others, provide guidance and coaching to junior staff and students.

Technical skills: Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite. Experience using EXCEL to create spreadsheets, organize data, perform basic analyses.

Statistical analysis: Knowledge of basic statistical principles and statistics as demonstrated by: 1) ability to conduct basic descriptive 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. Experience using EXCEL to create spreadsheets, organize data, perform basic analyses.

Independent skills: Able to organize work and schedules for self and others on the project team. Able to work on multiple projects and complete all assignments independently and on time; proactively communicate with project teams to agree on deliverables and deadlines and resolve conflicting priorities in partnership with principal investigators.

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.

Other special skills/knowledge needed for this position: Some in-state and domestic travel may be involved.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position:
Quantitative research.
Data Collection and Cleaning – Survey.
Community Based Participatory Research.
Cultural competency, particularly with Alaska Native cultures.
Experience using SPSS.
Experience using qualitative software.
Prior/current CITI Certification.


At least two years’ experience in research and/or evaluation at the postgraduate level in a relevant field (e.g., social science - sociology; psychology; economics; public health; or education) or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of research and human subjects’ compliance.


Master's degree is preferred or equivalent in education and experience. Master’s degree in a social science, public health, natural resources, or related discipline is strongly preferred.

*Research Professional 3, Grade 80, PCLS 05003 - 2 positions available

ISER’s mission is to enhance the well-being of Alaskans and others, through non-partisan research that helps people understand social and economic systems and supports informed public and private decision-making. Focusing attention on critical economic and social issues in Alaska, the Arctic, and similar regions. The institute has multiple funding sources including federal, state and foundation grant/contracts.

Overall responsibilities for the RP3 include conducting research-related administrative tasks, regulatory approvals, assistance and oversight of sub awards and consultant payments, budget management, coordination of data collection, maintenance of process tracking, data entry, and reporting of progress and outcomes both orally and in writing. The position may also direct the activities of junior staff and students.

Preferred candidates will have completed a Master's degree or have experience in research and/or evaluation at the postgraduate level in a relevant field (e.g., social science - sociology; psychology; economics; public health; natural resources, or education) or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience working with multiple projects simultaneously, being able to ensure tasks are completed well and on time, and oversee the work of others is desired.

The position requires the ability to work independently and effectively within a study team, have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, excellent time management and organizational skills, be detail oriented, and have the ability to use good judgment in daily tasks. The applicant is expected to be proficient in computer software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Qualitative software such as NVIVO) and conducting simple statistical analyses is preferred. This position is based in Anchorage, AK. May require in-state or out-of-state travel, depending on project needs. The position is dependent on the availability of grant funds. Salary and benefits are highly competitive.

This position is a full-time, Grade 80, ($58,698/yr) DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Required Application Materials:

1. A cover letter stating summarizing interest and qualifications for the position
2. Curriculum vita or resume

3. Contact information for three professional references


About UAA and ISER

Located in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city (current population, 285,634), the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the State’s largest post-secondary institution.  UAA is considered one of the for the University of Alaska’s multi-campus system, with undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage has been at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska for 60 years. ISER’s multidisciplinary staff studies virtually all the major public policy issues Alaska faces. That work helps Alaskans better understand the state’s changing economy and population—and the challenges and opportunities that come with change.

ISER’s research is available to the public, and ISER makes sure Alaskans benefit from that research by disseminating publications, presentations, and other products to government agencies, private businesses, libraries, the press, and individual Alaskans. ISER faculty and staff routinely give presentations to public and private groups around the state, and sometimes in other states or countries. ISER researchers also routinely respond to inquiries from the press and the public.

Besides doing research, ISER faculty teach graduate and undergraduate classes at UAA. Classes taught vary by semester, but include economic research, history of the Alaska economy, environmental economics and policy, public land management, research methods, and communication policies and strategies.

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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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