Research Fellow, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Postdoc / Fellow, Research

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.

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.

A two-year position as an Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) Research Fellow is available to a recent graduate or anticipated 2020 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.

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.

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denvers policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • The fellowship will be structured over two years to emphasize the development of strong research skills, strategies, and ethics.
  • The first year will primarily focus on project management skills and strategies within one of IHACs existing research areas. This will include working closely with an IHAC Research Associate on project implementation, funding proposals, and manuscripts to report study findings; overseeing teams of Graduate Research Assistants; and helping to maintain good working relationships with collaborators at other universities and community partners.
  • In the second year, the IHAC Research Fellow will have expanded responsibilities within the Institutes research agenda. This will include working more autonomously on existing research projects and helping expand the Institutes research portfolio.
  • Supervisory Duties: This position may supervise Graduate students and Work-Study students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to resolve routine problems using existing guidelines and processes. 
  • Ability to make independent decisions and or/recommendations when necessary. 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to research, investigate, analyze, reconcile and evaluate data. Ability to understand and effectively communicate complex financial reports and other information to individuals with varying levels of experience.
  • Strong MS Office skills, including Excel. 
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Social Work or Spring 2020 anticipated MSW degree. 
  • Experience and engagement in research. 
  • Demonstrated interest in Human-Animal-Environment Interactions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Social Work or Spring 2020 anticipated MSW degree from the Graduate School of Social Work at University of Denver.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategy and support to research team leadership.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  4. Occasional travel is required.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 1, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts 
  4. Written responses to the following questions, not to exceed 2 pages per question (1-inch margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font):
    • How have your previous academic and professional experiences prepared you for a career in social science research focused on human-animal interactions? The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is committed to maintaining a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for and development of skills to effectively engage with individuals from diverse communities. Please describe how your knowledge and/or experience will advance this commitment.
    • What are your professional goals? How would this IHAC Research Fellowship contribute to your attaining these goals?

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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