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Assistant Research Scientist (50%)- Law, Health Policy, & Disability Center

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The Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the College of Law is seeking a 50 % Assistant Research Scientist to support, conduct, and deliver program evaluations for Polk County Health Services (PCHS), who manage a Mental Health & Disability Services region in Iowa. 

The Center is an independent evaluator tasked with doing file reviews, satisfaction surveys, and analysis of program data to provide annual evaluations of six programs that support individuals with disabilities in Polk County. The Assistant Research Scientist will be involved in all parts of the evaluations, including preparing and managing surveys, doing file reviews, sampling, preparing data provided by frontline agencies, analyzing data, communicating with stakeholders, and presenting the findings to the PCHS Board of Directors. In addition, the Assistant Research Scientist will eventually be involved in all aspects of the contract, including budgeting and scope of work negotiations. This position is particularly suited to researchers who have a background in social services. Additional duties to include:

Experiments, Simulations, Modeling or Theoretical Investigations: Work independently on basic research tasks with oversight by Faculty or Principal Investigator (PI). Contribute to documentation of equipment and procedures.

Data/Research Analysis and Evaluation: Be an investigator on a research or evaluation project, including conducting and directing data gathering via file reviews and interviews, analyzing and interpreting data, and compiling into readable reports, with supervision by the Principal Investigator. Potentially may refine definitions and scoring criteria, implement new data gathering techniques including telephone interviews, providing program specific reports, and new presentation techniques to evaluate outcome changes over time.

Dissemination of Research Results: Author or co-author research articles or evaluation reports. Present research or evaluation findings to stakeholders, including the integration of quantitative and qualitative data.

Research Proposals/Grants: Maintain an established record of participation in successfully funded research grants or contracts. Contribute to new or existing research or grant proposals or contracts.

Service: Contribute to / co-author manuscripts for publication.

Human Resources/Supervision: Hire and supervise Research Assistants and student workers.

For a full job description, please send an email to the contact listed below.

About the College of Law:

The mission of the University of Iowa College of Law is serving the people of Iowa, the nation and the world by providing a superior legal education for our students that is grounded in both theory and practice and enables them to have the competence and confidence to succeed in any and all legal settings; engaging in leading-edge research concerning law-related questions; disseminating the resulting scholarship widely to scholars, legal professionals, policy-makers and the public; and performing professional and public service activities consistent with our teaching and research obligations.

The Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center is an emerging leader in law, technology, education and research. We are focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with disabilities. Based at the University of Iowa College of Law, the center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on employment, self-determination and self-sufficiency.


Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree or education/experience equivalency in research, program evaluation, or human services.
  • At least 2 years of experience designing human subjects research studies and/or evaluation projects to obtain both qualitative and quantitative data from participants.
  • Experience in analyzing and interpreting data from evaluation.
  • Experience reviewing and/or editing research articles or reports for publication.

  • Experience in presentations to various audiences.

  • Knowledge of various legal and ethical standards.

  • Experience conducting or assisting in focus groups.

  • Experience designing and delivering surveys or collaborating with others on surveys.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and statistical software, preferably SPSS.

  • Ability to interpret basic descriptive statistics, manipulate electronic tables and charts, and to communicate the results of the analysis to stakeholders.

  • Ability to retrieve information in electronic form, usually from online databases, in written reports and through interview processes.

  • Experience in writing or collaborating in publishing peer-reviewed articles documenting the results and implications of qualitative and/or quantitative research studies.

  • Valid driver's license and the ability to meet and maintain the University of Iowa's Fleet Safety requirements.

  • Must be able to travel within the state of Iowa. 

Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience working on federal/state/local grants and submitting documentation required of the grant.
  • Experience in disability services, disability studies, and/or children's mental health. 
  • Experience in particular in mental health or cognitive disabilities is desirable.
  • Certification in Human Subjects Protections and/or experience with confidential data or information.
  • Background in social services, such as psychology, social work, rehabilitation, or education.

Application Details:
  • In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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