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Social Science/Humanities Research Associate III - TxBSPI
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 01/28/2021
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Posting Title:

Social Science/Humanities Research Associate III - TxBSPI

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Hiring Department:

Population Research Center

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Position Open To:

All Applicants

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Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

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FLSA Status:

Exempt

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Earliest Start Date:

Mar 01, 2021

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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Feb 28, 2022

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Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

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Job Description:

Fellows will gain hands-on research experience and mentoring in research skills and professional development under the guidance of the principal investigator and postdoctoral fellows

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Job Details:


General Notes

Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute team uses insights from behavioral sciences to design, administer, and evaluate programs that narrow inequalities in education during adolescence and early adulthood. The candidate will primarily work on the Texas Mindset Initiative, a collaboration with the College of Natural Science and Texas OnRamps to develop and evaluate scalable interventions to improve instructors’ mindset practices at the transition to high school and college.  

Research tasks will be tailored to the needs of projects and candidate's training needs, but may include building skills in theory development, intervention design and implementation, statistical analysis, and academic presentation and writing. The candidate will also receive training and mentoring in preparation for applying to, and being successful within, highly selective PhD graduate programs in social science. The position is a one-year position, renewable for another year dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

 


Responsibilities 
  • Assisting in the design of new interventions to test in the summer/fall 2021 

  • Reviewing and summarizing the literature on teachers’ mindsets, student motivation, student engagement, and teachers’ practices. 

  • Managing undergraduate research assistants in research tasks 

  • Analyzing responses to instructor interventions from the fall 

  • Supporting the creation of a fellowship training program 

  • Attending and actively participating in weekly project meetings, lab meetings, and research presentations. 

  • Receive structured training in preparation for doctoral programs in social science 

 


Required Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree: preferably in Psychology, Sociology, or related field 

  • Must be able to provide proof of Employment Authorization to work in the U.S. 

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.  

 


Preferred Qualifications 
  • Ideal opportunity for anyone interested in applying to PhD programs in psychology, sociology, or related fields. 

  • Passion for addressing social issues (for example, educational equity, homelessness, racial justice, etc.)  

  • Eager to learn skills relevant to behavioral science research (for example, systematic review of academic articles, R statistical analysis, and academic journal writing). 

  • Desire to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams of researchers and educators 

  • Training in research-specific skills will be provided through the course of the research assistantship. Those with little or no prior research experience are encouraged to apply.  

  • Demonstrated interest in solving social issues through prior research, work experience, volunteering, or leadership positions. 

 


Salary Range 

$42,000+ depending on experience 

 


Working Conditions 
  • Typical Office Environment 

 


Work Shift 
  • Flexible work schedule  

 


Required Materials 
  • Resume/CV 

  • One letter of recommendation from a current or former professor 

  • Short essay responses


Essay Questions: 

1. Describe a social problem that you are passionate about, including evidence of the problem and why it is important to you and to others to solve. (500 words) 

  

2. What would you do to better understand the problem and the people affected by it? What specific steps would you take that may alleviate one aspect of this social problem? (500 words) 

 

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes. 

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above. 

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.



Job Posting Title:

Social Science/Humanities Research Associate III - TxBSPI

----

Hiring Department:

Population Research Center

----

Position Open To:

All Applicants

----

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

----

FLSA Status:

Exempt

----

Earliest Start Date:

Mar 01, 2021

----

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Feb 28, 2022

----

Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

----

Job Description:

Fellows will gain hands-on research experience and mentoring in research skills and professional development under the guidance of the principal investigator and postdoctoral fellows

----

Job Details:


General Notes

Texas Behavioral Science and Policy Institute team uses insights from behavioral sciences to design, administer, and evaluate programs that narrow inequalities in education during adolescence and early adulthood. The candidate will primarily work on the Texas Mindset Initiative, a collaboration with the College of Natural Science and Texas OnRamps to develop and evaluate scalable interventions to improve instructors’ mindset practices at the transition to high school and college.  

Research tasks will be tailored to the needs of projects and candidate's training needs, but may include building skills in theory development, intervention design and implementation, statistical analysis, and academic presentation and writing. The candidate will also receive training and mentoring in preparation for applying to, and being successful within, highly selective PhD graduate programs in social science. The position is a one-year position, renewable for another year dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

 


Responsibilities 
  • Assisting in the design of new interventions to test in the summer/fall 2021 

  • Reviewing and summarizing the literature on teachers’ mindsets, student motivation, student engagement, and teachers’ practices. 

  • Managing undergraduate research assistants in research tasks 

  • Analyzing responses to instructor interventions from the fall 

  • Supporting the creation of a fellowship training program 

  • Attending and actively participating in weekly project meetings, lab meetings, and research presentations. 

  • Receive structured training in preparation for doctoral programs in social science 

 


Required Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree: preferably in Psychology, Sociology, or related field 

  • Must be able to provide proof of Employment Authorization to work in the U.S. 

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.  

 


Preferred Qualifications 
  • Ideal opportunity for anyone interested in applying to PhD programs in psychology, sociology, or related fields. 

  • Passion for addressing social issues (for example, educational equity, homelessness, racial justice, etc.)  

  • Eager to learn skills relevant to behavioral science research (for example, systematic review of academic articles, R statistical analysis, and academic journal writing). 

  • Desire to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams of researchers and educators 

  • Training in research-specific skills will be provided through the course of the research assistantship. Those with little or no prior research experience are encouraged to apply.  

  • Demonstrated interest in solving social issues through prior research, work experience, volunteering, or leadership positions. 

 


Salary Range 

$42,000+ depending on experience 

 


Working Conditions 
  • Typical Office Environment 

 


Work Shift 
  • Flexible work schedule  

 


Required Materials 
  • Resume/CV 

  • One letter of recommendation from a current or former professor 

  • Short essay responses


Essay Questions: 

1. Describe a social problem that you are passionate about, including evidence of the problem and why it is important to you and to others to solve. (500 words) 

  

2. What would you do to better understand the problem and the people affected by it? What specific steps would you take that may alleviate one aspect of this social problem? (500 words) 

 

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes. 

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above. 

----

Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

----

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

----

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

----

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

----

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

----

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

----

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

----

Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.


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