Assistant Researcher

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS

18390BR

Bureau of Child Research


Position Overview

KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is seeking an assistant researcher to support research on self-determination for people with disabilities across the life course. This position will work across projects to assist with development of study protocols to meet project goals and deadlines, developing implementation materials, conducting virtual and in-person trainings, monitoring and communicating study progress, and supporting data analysis and dissemination.

With supervision, the person in this position organizes research activities and trainings, assists with coordinating educational/research events, monitors and communicates study progress to supervisors, and assists with reporting and dissemination tasks. The ideal candidate will have experience working with and supporting people with disabilities using self-determination interventions, be highly reliable in a fast-paced office, pay close attention to detail, be adept at problem-solving, have experience training/delivering professional development or coaching, and have a Bachelor’s degree in education (including special education, transition), psychology (including clinical psychology), health and social sciences, disability studies, or related area.

About KUCDD
The University of Kansas, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is recognized as a leading research center in the field of disability. KUCDD implements and conducts grant-funded projects focusing on (a) applied research on effective assessment and intervention practices with a particular focus on self-determination, transition to employment, supported decision making and (b) interdisciplinary training in the disability field. KUCDD is part of the Life Span Institute (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Parsons in southeast Kansas. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are:

  • Community Services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services)
  • Information Dissemination
  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Research

KUCDD research staff are expected to actively support research projects and disseminate research results through print, online resources, and direct, in-person presentation of information.

KUCDD is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive research and educational environment for faculty, staff and students. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, KUCDD actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education, including people with disabilities.

This position is located at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary.


Job Description

  • 30% - Assist with development of study protocols to meet project goals and deadlines. With supervision, organize study activities such as: recruiting/managing participants, tracking study activities and timelines, assisting with training data collectors, monitoring data collection activities, and coordinating data management procedures.
  • 30% - Contribute to the development of training guides and related supports for practitioners and others (e.g., general and special educators, family members, case managers, direct support professionals) implementing interventions related to self-determination.
  • 15% - Assist with planning, coordinating, and delivering in-person and online trainings and presentations in support of current or future implementors of interventions related to self-determination.
  • 10% - Provide clerical support such as scheduling meetings using Outlook or Doodle polls, typing meeting notes, making copies, scanning documents, facilitating travel for visiting guests, etc.
  • 10% - Assist in the development of project reports or other dissemination or recruitment materials through writing, proofreading, editing, and document lay-out. Support the preparation and submission of progress reports to federal and other funding agencies.
  • 5% - Support additional project activities as assigned.

Position Requirements

This position is located at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary.


Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in education (including special education, transition), psychology (including clinical psychology), health and social sciences, disability studies, or related area with minimum of one (1) year of related professional experience.
2. Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview.
3. Strong attention to detail as evidenced by application materials.
4. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills as evidenced by application materials and interview.
5. At least six months of experience with self-determination interventions and research as evidenced in application materials and interview.


Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience working with people with disabilities or their families.
2. Strong interest in research on self-determination and transition to employment research or related areas.
3. At least six months of experience as part of a social science research team in a university environment.


Additional Candidate Instruction

In addition to the online application form, applicants should include the following information in their application:
1.    A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
2.    Resume.
3.    Contact information for three professional references. At least one of the references must be a current or former supervisor.
Application deadline is January 21st, 2021, please submit application by this date for consideration.


Advertised Salary Range

$15.36-$17.30/hourly


Application Review Begins

22-Jan-2021


Anticipated Start Date

07-Jun-2021


Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus


Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff


Work Schedule

30 hours per week, M-F


Conditions of Employment

Contingent on Funding


Work Location Assignment

On-Site


Disclaimer

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).


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