Classification & Title: 8352R4 Researcher 4 Working Title: CURA-Researcher 4 Percent Time: 100% Work Schedule/Hours: 40 Hours A Week College/Admin Unit: Office for Academic Affairs and Provost Campus Locations: Twin Cities West Bank Reports To: Brittany Lewis
OVERVIEW: This position is located in the center for urban and regional affairs. The research associate will conduct research on a range of issues and programs related to urban and regional affairs of interest to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and the upper Midwest region. The research associate will work under the direction of the senior research associate in conducting research projects, including projects generated by the associate’s own interests as they relate to the mission of CURA. CURA is an all-university applied research and technical assistance center that helps the University of Minnesota fulfill its land grant and urban missions by connecting faculty and student resources with nonprofit organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, local governments, and state agencies in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota. CURA supports research and publishes policy-oriented reports on a wide range of urban and regional issues. The research associate will work with other program leaders to develop and carry out CURA’s research agenda.
Essential functions: 1. Conduct community based research (85%); A. Work with senior research associate and community partners to develop research questions B. Assist in maintaining working relationships with community partners C. Create research designs D. Collect data E. Analyze data F. Write up findings G. Assist in supervising graduate research assistants working on individual research projects. H. Work with other researchers across the university – as appropriate – on research projects.
2. Pursue funding opportunities for research projects (15%): A. Assist in responding to RFPS for projects of relevance to CURA B. Monitor the availability of RFPS from a range of local organizations and agencies C. Originate research ideas and identify appropriate and relevant funding sources for those ideas D. Assist in maintaining collaborative relationships with faculty and research staff across the university
The employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position as needed.
Minimum Qualifications: • Master’s degree in urban planning, public policy, sociology, political science, economics, or a related social science field and 2 years of related experience or BS/BA and four years of related experience. • Experience conducting social science research. • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize a research project, including the construction of research designs and the development of research questions • Demonstrated familiarity and competence with a range of research methodologies. • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others. • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies, including academic, public policy, and community/nonprofit organizations • Experience in writing up research results. • Experience constructing and maintaining research databases.
Ph.D. in urban planning, public policy, sociology, political science, economics, or a related social science field.
Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Experience producing research for a public audience.
Experience with community-based research methods (working with community members as partners or sometimes as co-producers of research).
Experience or familiarity with research and public policy related to one or more of the following: communities and neighborhoods; economic development and employment; education; state or local government and policy; environment and energy; program evaluation and assessment; arts and culture; geographic information systems (GIS); health, human, and social services; housing; land use and population; sustainability; transportation; underserved and underrepresented groups
Experience with grant writing.
Experience translating research to inform policy and practice.
Experience presenting research results – either in a public venue or to stakeholder groups.
Internal Number: 330383
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.