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Graduate Research Assistant Opening


Spring Semester 2011

POSITION AND APPOINTMENT: Graduate Research Assistant
Hours/Percent Time: 20 hours per week - 50%
Wage and benefits: $17.08 plus medical, dental, and tuition benefits
Expected start date: January 2011

Program Information:
This Graduate Research Assistant position is in the Adult Services and Community Living Program area of the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). The Institute works with service providers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, policymakers, and researchers around the state, country, and world to provide state-of-the-art research and information on practices that support the community integration of individuals with disabilities.

Primary Duties
Conduct literature reviews including securing articles and drafting text for article summaries and manuscripts; Contribute to the collection, cleaning, analysis, and interpretation of research and evaluation data/results; Preparing text for reports of project findings including collaborating on the development of reports, journal articles, conference papers, and other publications as needed; Manage databases and accommodate database retrieval requests; and other duties as assigned depending on skills, interests, and project needs.

Required Qualifications
-Current University of MN graduate student - early PhD student preferred.
-Advanced technical research and writing skills; must be able to conduct literature reviews; and draft research articles and evaluation reports, etc.
-Expertise in collecting and managing research data.
-Statistical expertise.
-Database (Access) expertise (design, mergers, retrievals, and data cleaning).
-Understanding of survey and test item development.

Preferred Qualifications
-Previous work experience in and knowledge about transition and/or adult developmental disability services.
-Previous work experience in supporting research tasks such as data management and analysis of quantitative and interview data.
-Demonstrated experience authoring literature reviews, research articles, evaluation reports, etc.
-Previous experience managing databases.
-Excellent verbal communication skills.
-Ability work well in teams and independently.

Applicants must submit the following materials; cover letter, current resume, transcripts (unofficial or official), and a writing sample demonstrating some of the skills noted in the "Required Qualifications" section above.

Application materials can be delivered or mailed to Jenna Conley at 204 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. They may also be emailed to Derek Nord, Ph.D. at

Applications are due at 5pm on January 7th, 2011.

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