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Research Assistant

Job Summary

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is in search of two graduate research assistants to serve as co-project coordinators of “Incorporating Worksite Interventions in Safety and Health (IWISH): Building Capacity for Total Worker Health.” IWISH is a research project located within the Utah Center for Promotion of Work Equity Research (U-POWER) that seeks to assess a worker-engaged process of making workplaces safer against respiratory diseases, and then develop guidelines and training for best practices. The project coordinators will work with the Principal Investigators (Drs. Lisa Gren and Jeremy Biggs) to support this project by jointly recruiting workers to participate, helping retain participants through communication and arranging compensation, and providing administrative support to the study. Administrative support duties include, but are not limited to, purchasing, meeting logistics, maintenance of IRB protocols, assisting with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, data management, and progress reporting. Other duties may be required as they arise.

Pay Rate Range

$28,500 annual salary at .50 FTE (20 hours per week) for an hourly wage of $27.40. This position also provides graduate tuition benefit (please note that this does not cover tuition differential). This is a grant-funded position.


U-POWER is a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health® that recognizes the role of power in the social determinants of health and the work conditions that create and sustain inequity and ill health among workers. Guided by the role of power in defining the conditions of work, U-POWER envisionswork and workplaces that are safe, healthy, and equitable. Together, we can ensure that the conditions of work promote workers and communities' health and well-being.

Minimum Qualifications

Required: Bachelor’s degree in science, health, public health, occupational and environmental health, social work, or related field. Experience or a strong interest in conducting semi-structured interviews and/or focus groups, interpersonal communication skills, and strong organizational skills are also required.

The IRB CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research subjects certificate should be obtained within one month of hire.


Preferred: Master’s degree in science, health, public health, occupational and environmental health, social work, or related field. Experience as a project coordinator and/or program manager, administrative experience, and familiarity with University policies and procedures are desired.

To Apply

Send a resume/CV, cover letter, and writing sample to Camie Schafer, PhD, Associate Director of U-POWER at Please contact her with any questions or concerns regarding this job posting. 

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Last Updated: 10/5/21