University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting Title: Social Science/Humanities Research Associate II


Hiring Department: Department of Human Development and Family Sciences


Position Open To: All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours: 40


FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


Earliest Start Date: Immediately


Position Duration: Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2022




Job Description: To coordinate multiple research projects under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and to provide both research and administrative support.


Job Details:

General Notes

Availability as early as July 19, 2021, through August 31, 2022, with potential for extension based on performance and funding. Position to report to Dr. Stephen Russell, Professor, Human Development and Family Science, College of Natural Sciences. Please describe interest or experience in issues related to sexuality, human sciences, or outreach in your cover letter. Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines.

In the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Research Group (SOGI): Health & Rights Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, we conduct research that examines the role of sexual orientation and gender identity in human health, development, and rights. We are seeking an organized and dedicated individual to join our team as the lab coordinator. This person will be a central part of our lab system, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and cohesively.

The SOGI: Health & Rights Lab is housed in the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences, and the Population Research Center at UT. It is an exciting time in our lab, as we are welcoming new graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to our team and beginning new projects to examine and advance health and wellbeing in sexual and gender minority people. It’s also a great time to be at the University of Texas at Austin, as our university is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities in the world, and Austin is listed as one of the best places to live in America.


As the lab coordinator, you will direct, guide, and manage all research endeavors in the lab. Your duties will include:

Providing clerical/administrative/communications oversight of daily office operations and office and research lab functions. Serving as liaison with Human Development and Family Sciences department administrators. Managing PI’s calendar, contact, email, and mail correspondence, as well as any PI travel request submissions. Scheduling, organizing, and managing lab and research project meetings. Monitoring grant/project timelines.

Facilitating communication and teamwork in the lab. Training, coordinating, supervising, and supporting the activities of undergraduate research assistants. Serving as the primary liaison with off-site collaborators, Principal Investigators (PIs), visitors, and campus colleagues. Supporting research and administrative activities of lab members. Coordinating and managing international visiting scholars.

Assisting with research projects, performing comprehensive literature reviews, and contributing to the preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts, grants, reports, and community-focused publications. Formatting and editing conference posters and materials. Managing paper and electronic databases/archives for projects.

Coordinating human subjects protection policies and procedures, including protocol development and submission procedures, renewals, and audit reviews.

Updating project/lab websites and social media outlets. Coordinating the development of communications and promotional literature for distribution, including brochures or flyers; coordinating processes from development through printing and distribution.

Performing comprehensive searches of websites or organizations related to the sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) Health and Rights lab.

Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. Two years of experience in the field of research. Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office. Demonstrated strong organizational, interpersonal communication, and teamwork skills. Demonstrated ability to document processes or information. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in relevant field. Familiarity or experience with a range of software applications (e.g., Qualtrics, Box, Dropbox). Experience working with culturally diverse populations. Demonstrated computer competency and knowledge of statistical software packages such as R or Software for Statistics and Data Science (STATA), and/or qualitative software analysis tools such as Dedoose or MAXQDA. Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of issues related to sexuality, human sciences, and/or science outreach.

Salary Range

$30,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

May work around standard office conditions

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Required Materials


3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Letter of interest

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Employment Eligibility: Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility: The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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