Thursday, April 14, 2011

Graduate Research Assistant

UW Center for Workforce Development
Graduate Research Assistant, Quantitative

The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at the University of Washington is seeking a graduate research assistant to assist in a newly funded research project to assess the impact of undergraduate student interventions in engineering. CWD creates customized programs to develop the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce through recruitment, retention, and advancement strategies. The Center conducts research and evaluation in the areas of gender and ethnic diversity in STEM. The graduate research assistant position will be available starting September 2011.

The graduate research assistant reports to the Director for Research in the Center for Workforce Development and is a member of a highly collaborative team working on CWD projects. Duties include the following:

1. Contribute to research and evaluation on institutional climate, race and gender issues in higher education and other issues identified as CWD priorities;
2. Contribute to high quality survey development, data collection, data management, and analysis as needed for the research and evaluation programs managed by CWD, particularly the multi-institutional climate survey/focus groups and others;
3. Manage assigned research tasks, which may include human subjects approval applications, maintain organized project files, coordinate with participating institutions, study enrollment, literature reviews, iocus groups, observations, and/or surveys;
4. Organize and implement a small conference for 40-50 people in Washington, DC.
5. Author and/or co-author research reports for dissemination in print and web-based media;
6. Contribute to research project design and the development of CWD research proposals.

• Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills;
• Research experience and background in diversity issues in a college or university setting;
• Experience using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to collect and analyze data;
• Experience using computer software to perform statistical analyses and data management (i.e., Access, SPSS, Excel, and Microsoft Word);
• Experience analyzing survey data using multivariate statistical models;
• Experience in effectively communicating research results to a wide variety of audiences;
• Knowledge of web-based resources and web search skills;
• Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington.

The position requires at least a one-year commitment, and compensation will be at the Research Assistant level (i.e., depending on progress in graduate program, monthly stipend plus tuition remission and health insurance).

To apply:
Send a letter of interest, a writing sample and your resume/CV by May 15, 2011 to:

Elizabeth Litzler
Director for Research
Center for Workforce Development
101 Wilson Annex, Box 352135
Seattle, WA 98195-2135
(206) 543-4810

If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to email Liz at