Research Assistant, Air Quality Investigation and Research for Equity (AIRE) Project, GSSW

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

Position Summary

We are seeking (4) graduate or highly qualified undergraduate students to assist with administrative, program, and research support on an18 month-long research project related to poor air quality in the Commerce City, Globeville, Elyria-Swansea communities due to toxic air pollution from Suncor Refinery. Ramona Beltrán (DU) and Stephanie Malin (CSU) are principal investigators working in collaboration with Cultivando community organization. The primary responsibilities of this position involve scheduling and conducting in-depth interviews, helping track and administer the related database, data analysis, and work with Cultivando and community members

This is a non-benefited position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Essential Functions

  • Attend virtual meetings and in-person gatherings/community meetings to assess the community’s research needs
  • Assist the Program Manager in outreach and scheduling interviews
  • Conduct in-depth interviews (virtual and in-person, depending on COVID-19), and set up interview locations and equipment
  • Assist in administrative communication and coordination
  • Enter, clean, and assist in the analysis of data
  • Assist with developing and maintaining secure database of participant information, interview transcripts, and other confidential data
  • Conduct literature searches, obtain articles, and format references when necessary

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish)
  • Demonstrated experience planning for and conducting in-depth interviews with vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple supervisors and a team of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows
  • Experience with social science research data collection, methods, or analysis
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate research experience
  • Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish)
  • Experience with social science research data collection, methods, or analysis
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience conducting community-based research
  • Work with minimal supervision and a high level of personal maturity
  • Interested in working on health research projects with Latinx communities
  • Interested in gaining and advancing research skills
  • Highly-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Demonstrated experience with community-based research

Work Environment

The research conducted in this project will take place in multiple settings including participant homes, community organizations and/or in public spaces. Depending on COVID-19 safety, interviews could also be conducted from home virtually. Data analysis, management, and organization can largely be conducted remotely. Some travel to and from either DU or CSU may also occur.

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Ability to sit to conduct interviews.
  • Ability to transport oneself to interview locations.


About 40 hours per week, variable based on research schedule with a maximum of 1000 hours per calendar year.

Hourly Range

The hourly rate for this position is $20.

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 candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Application Deadline

This position will remain open until filled, preference will be given to early applicants.

Special Instructions

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

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see


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