Research Fellowship, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Job description

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is a specialized program within the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver which intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals, and the environment. This is accomplished through social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Focusing on three core areas of Therapeutic Human-Animal Interventions, Animals in Communities and One Health, IHAC operationalizes its mission through innovation in education, research and advocacy.

A two-year position as an Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) Research Fellow is available to a recent graduate or anticipated 2021 graduate of a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The overall goal of this position is to provide the Research Fellow with robust training in social science research with a focus on the Human-Animal-Environment Interaction field, in preparation for a career in research.

Position Summary

The IHAC Research Fellow will be an integral member of the IHAC research program at the University of Denvers Graduate School of Social Work, supervised by the Institutes Director of Research with direct reporting to the IHAC Research Associates. An emphasis will be placed on creating academic products including funding proposals, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference abstracts, and other publications to formally communicate research findings and build the Fellows professional portfolio. After two years, the IHAC Research Fellow will be prepared for doctoral programs and/or research within academic, non-profit, or for-profit environments.

The fellowship will be structured over two years to emphasize the development of strong research skills, strategies, and ethics. The primary focus of this fellowship will be on participating in the development and implementation of research focusing on the impacts of nature-based interventions on youth development.

MSW graduates who plan to pursue a career in social science research or program evaluation, specifically those who are interested in contributing to understanding the impacts of the intersections between people, other animals, and the environment, are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in considering applications from members of underrepresented groups, first generation college graduates, or those who work on topics related to these issues. The IHAC Research Fellow will receive a full-time salary with access to University of Denver benefits. Preference will be given to University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work graduates and to applicants with a history of demonstrated interest in research, project management, and human-animal-environment interactions.

Required Qualifications

  • MSW degree or Spring 2021 anticipated MSW degree.
  • At least one year of experience in evaluation of interventions and/or research in the social sciences.
  • Strong academic performance (3.25 GPA or higher in their graduate coursework).
  • At least one year of experience in project management, including providing strategy and support to leadership, supporting team members, and managing time effectively.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference for University of Denver graduates.
  • Prior experience conducting systematic behavior observations.
  • At least one year experience coordinating the work of a team or in a supervisory role.
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in one or more additional languages, with particular interest in Spanish.
  • Intermediate to advanced user of Excel, SPSS, and Dedoose or comparable software.
  • Experience translating research findings into practice with multiple audiences using a variety of techniques. This could include facilitation of training, public-facing reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, conference presentations, or public speaking.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range
The salary for this position is $50,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.




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Job No: 493505
Posted: 2/22/2021
Application Due: 4/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable