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Assistant Research Social Scientist (UPDATED)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission. Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable). References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Research Social Scientist (UPDATED)
Department Bur of Applied Rsch in Anthro (0414)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please Note: The ‘Documents Needed to Apply’ section has been updated and a ‘Research Proposal’ is no longer required.

The Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona invites applicants for a challenging and rewarding opportunity to contribute as an Assistant Research Social Scientist. The successful candidate will be invited to join a collaborative research team investigating the social effects of energy transitions and implementing projects that promote favorable transitions, especially within marginalized communities and neighborhoods in the Gulf of Mexico region and along the Arizona-Sonora border. The Assistant Research Scientist is expected to conduct applied anthropological research with minimum supervision and to prepare manuscripts for publication.

The Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology is a unique academic research unit within the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. BARA’s mission is to place anthropology at the service of contemporary society, prepare the next generation of professional anthropologists, advance knowledge of the human condition, and address the pressing issues of local communities. BARA faculty and affiliates carry out research, teaching, and outreach activities within Arizona, throughout the country, and internationally.

The candidate is expected to support and advance Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Help design and implement ethnographic research studies (using methods including participant observation, interviews, and questionnaires) – in English and Spanish
  • Aid in the preparation of grant applications
  • Work with and help manage research teams comprised of university and/or high school students and community partners
  • Read and integrate academic and technical information on fossil fuel and renewable energy sources and their applications
  • Help implement and evaluate small scale community solar projects
  • Enter and manage data in MS Access, MS Excel, Endnote, and QSR NVivo databases
  • Write field notes, reports, and academic publications, and contribute to project websites
  • Prepare and give oral presentations to government officials, community leaders, and residents, as well as to academic audiences
  • Translate documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to process and organize information from a wide range of information sources from online databases to historic archives
  • Demonstrated ability to translate documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, including ethnographic interviews, household surveys or questionnaires, and participant observation, in English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated ability to write up and publish research results and/or educational materials in English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated ability to apply for, receive, and complete research grants and/or contracts
  • Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in Anthropology or related field of study.
  • Background in applied environmental anthropology
  • Ethnographic research experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Direct experience with the labor, material, economic, and environmental aspects of energy development (especially petroleum and solar)
  • At least three years field experience in Mexico or another country in Latin America
  • Knowledge and experience creating and maintaining databases including MS Access, Excel, and QSR NVivo (or similar qualitative research software)
  • Knowledge and experience creating and maintaining electronic bibliographies in Endnote (or similar electronic bibliographic software)
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and put on community meetings and events in the U.S. and Latin America
  • Experience working with and supervising research teams comprised of high school and/or university students and community members
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40.00
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $47,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22054
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 01/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Diane Austin daustin@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 09/12/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/16/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD in Anthropology or related field of study?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents