The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Social Science/Humanities Research Associate II - Research Assistant

Hiring department LBJ Public Affairs
Monthly salary $2,500+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 18-05-24-01-4008
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Terminates on 08/31/2019
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

This is a full-time, temporary position ending 08/31/2019 with the possibility of continued employment depending on business need and continuation of funding. Visit to learn more about our work.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) seeks a passionate researcher with excellent attention to detail to join our team to manage data collection and support our mission to provide rigorous research and program evaluation to enhance public policy.

Essential Functions

Data collection and research support for CFRP, a policy research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs directed by Dr. Cynthia Osborne. CFRP partners with state agencies and large non-profit organizations to provide research that enhances public policy in areas including family supports, early childhood investments, fatherhood, child welfare, and adolescent health. The research assistant will work with the CFRP director and researchers to develop, implement, and manage survey data collection processes. The research assistant will also coordinate focus groups, interviews, and travel for site visits. The position will provide the opportunity for hands-on research experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, as well as exposure to program evaluation in multiple social policy areas. Survey administration duties include: building surveys online; printing and mailing paper surveys; working with clients to ensure surveys are delivered and administered on time; tracking response rates; tracking and distributing incentives; and other activities as needed. May include travel in Austin area to distribute, administer, and/or pick up surveys. Travel coordination duties include: developing and managing travel schedules; communicating with clients to schedule interviews, meetings, and focus groups; supporting focus group/interview participant recruitment; managing participant consent documentation; and distribution of incentives. Additional job duties include: communicating and interacting with sponsor/client, providing guidance for student research assistants, participating in planning, development, and revision of survey administration processes.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree with major coursework in a field relevant to the work of CFRP (e.g. Sociology, Government, Psychology, Economics) plus two years of relevant experience. Ability to demonstrate experience in required qualifications detailed here. Tenacity about details and organization. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to summarize information clearly and describe key decision points succinctly. Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a team environment. Able to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints. Flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Survey administration experience; Experience with Qualtrics, Survey Gizmo, Red Cap, and/or Remark. Spanish language fluency; Experience using Stata or other statistical software (SAS, SPSS, R, etc.).

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity

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