Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 11 Dec 2022

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department UNC Inst for the Environment - 635200
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 11/18/2022
Application Deadline 12/11/2022
Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Assistant
Position Number 20007341
Vacancy ID S020578
Full-time/Part-time Part-Time Temporary
Hours per week 15
Work Schedule
Hybrid position:
  • In the office M, T, and Th.
  • Remote W and F.
  • Currently, a max of 15 hours per week January through April, and then will switch to a 40 hours per week schedule in May and June.
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range 17.00 to 20.00 per hour
Proposed Start Date 01/03/2023
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months or less

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) in the UNC Institute for the Environment enhances public understanding of current environmental science and health research and its relevance to daily life, empowering North Carolinians to make informed decisions that protect the environment and public health. We provide technical assistance to community groups and government agencies, prepare K-12 teachers to bring current science into classrooms, and create experiential education opportunities for undergraduate students. We also coordinate citizen science programming that enables lay publics to participate in environmental science research. In 2015, we received the Office of the Provost Award for Engaged Scholarship for Partnership, which recognized our partnerships with Triangle-area environmental nonprofits and local governments to protect area waterways. We seek to work with individuals who value teamwork and creativity and recognize the power of experiential learning.
The UNC Institute for the Environment (IE) has a multifaceted mission:
(1) To strengthen environmental research capacity across UNC by supporting a multi-disciplinary community of scholars that enhances collaboration, increases sharing of knowledge, and identifies solutions to the world’s critical environmental problems.
(2) To work in partnership across UNC and with external partners to coordinate and deliver 21st century educational programs that provide students with the experience and skills to thrive in a growing global economy.
(3) To put new environmental knowledge into action by engaging and serving communities, here in North Carolina and around the world.
(4) To fuel and harness the university’s sustainability activities through the Sustainable Carolina Initiative
Position Summary
The Research Assistant is a temporary staff member in the Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES). This position will assist CPES with the Private Well and Water Infrastructure Equity Research Project. This position will assist CPES staff in implementing research on well water infrastructure and equity. Activities will include conducting literature reviews, coordinating interviews with community organizations and residents, collecting well water samples, and contributing to communication materials.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Experience conducting literature reviews
* Experience conducting qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups
* Experience working with community-based organizations
* Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
* Ability to work as a member of a team and independently
* Applicants who have not completed Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI) training in social and behavioral conduct of research will be required to do so prior to beginning work on projects that involve human subjects.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Experience collecting water samples
* Experience designing communications materials
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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