Research Associate

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Date Posted:  January 29, 2024
Closing Date:  March 14, 2024

Impact & Responsibilities: Works with the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) Director and Research Manager, Strategic Marketing Services (SMS) Director and other IDM/SMS staff to execute client research projects, including economic impact analyses, target industry and industry cluster analyses, regional workforce assessments, and competitive market intelligence research; assists in writing research reports and other publications; assists with developing presentations and presenting findings to clients and other target audiences; teaches one or two 3-credit courses per semester for the department of Economics; and remains up-to-date on current and developing research techniques and tools, research
trends, data sources, and software and databases.

Requirements: Master’s degree in economics, economic geography, urban and regional analysis, public policy or related field; at least one year of regional economic research or economic analysis experience; experience with SPSS and performing text analysis using R or similar software; experience developing data visualization using Tableau, Power BI or similar software; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and strong analytical thinking skills.
Occasional work outside of normal work hours and occasional travel will be necessary.

Preferred: Experience conducting economic impact assessments (via IMPLAN or other input-output software) at local and regional levels as related to community and economic development projects; and experience using government and proprietary data sources and databases, including Census, BLS, BEA, EMSI/Lightcast, etc.

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

The University offers an excellent benefits package including a vacation plan, employer sponsored retirement plans, health and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance. Benefits package details can be viewed at Application materials received by Monday, February 12th will be given first consideration. Criminal and other relevant background checks required. UNI is a tobacco free campus.