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Senior Professional Research Assistant – Communications and Research Specialist

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are looking for a motivated, curious, and hard-working professional research assistant to join the researcher-practitioner Wildfire Research (WiRē) Team. 
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The WiRē Team supports development of evidence-based wildfire education programs. For more than a decade, members of the WiRē Team have collaborated to understand and further wildfire preparation and risk mitigation on private residential lands. Our work crosses conventional boundaries between practice and research, and our members come from multiple federal agencies, universities, and the non-profit risk mitigation sector. We work closely with wildfire practitioner partners through all stages of the research process to generate information and products that speak to both research and practice communities. The nonprofit arm of the WiRē Team is the Wildfire Research (WiRē) Center (

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be


  • The selected candidate will work with a team of researchers and practitioners to identify and address research communication needs. As such, this position is highly collaborative and emphasizes co-production. With researchers, this will involve producing materials such as visual abstracts or research summaries. With practitioners, this will involve developing practitioner-oriented products that summarize research and project results relevant to improving wildfire programs (i.e., infographics, one-page summaries, slide decks). The selected candidate will develop products tailored to a variety of audiences (e.g., policy makers, homeowners, wildfire practitioners) that summarize project results (i.e., research summary documents, infographics, mailers, slide decks). Furthermore, the selected candidate will work with the WiRē Center to help communicate their mission and accomplishments via avenues including annual reports, the WiRē Center website, and social media/blog posts.


  • The selected candidate will provide research support for WiRē Team projects. Duties include coordinating literature reviews, reference management, data visualization, and writing contributions to academic and general audience publications.

What You Should Know

  • The position constitutes an excellent opportunity for the professional research assistant to receive training in practitioner-engaged research. 
  • Preference given for individuals who have interest in using this position as a springboard toward graduate school. 
  • The professional research assistant will be provided with a project laptop for the duration of the position.
  • Anticipated starting date for this position is May 1, 2024.
  • Remote/in-person is negotiable, with preference for someone along the Front Range or in Colorado.

What We Can Offer

This is a full time position for 12 months, with an extension possible. Compensation is $65,000-75,000 + fringe benefits.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Candidates must have a MA/MS in a relevant field (e.g., communications, social sciences, interdisciplinary environmental or sustainability programs).
  • Communications experience required, regardless of field of study.
  • Experience communicating quantitative research results to broad audiences.
  • Experience presenting data visually (e.g., R, Microsoft Excel, Tableau).
  • Experience developing slide deck presentations (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint).
  • Experience identifying relevant research literature and writing literature reviews.
  • Experience conducting research and summarizing research results.
  • Experience analyzing quantitative data (e.g., R, Microsoft Excel).

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience with geospatial analysis (ArcGIS).
  • Experience with website development software.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
  • Experience working within researcher-practitioner teams.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover Letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Please apply by 2/29/24 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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