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Iowa Social Science Research Center 
Data coordinator

The Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa seeks a Data Coordinator at the Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC). The ISRC is a resource for interdisciplinary social science research that provides grant development support and data collection, management and access services. Under the supervision of the Faculty Director of the ISRC, the Data Coordinator will be responsible for providing survey and data management to the clients of the ISRC. This will include programming survey instruments in software such as Qualtrics and WinCATI, pulling and preparing data sets, developing and managing tracking systems, manipulating and preparing data, and contributing to written reports. Ensuring the security and integrity of the data gathering process will be of upmost importance. The successful candidate will also serve as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Central Plains Census Research Data Center contact for campus, the point of contact for the ISRC data haven, and help oversee our data analysis and software workshops and consulting services.

To apply: See requisition 71953 at

Job description

Applicable background checks will be conducted.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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Community engagement/Media intern

The Public Policy Center is seeking a media intern. This is a University of Iowa student position. The media intern supports the Community Engagement and IT offices by creating videos and other content for web and promotional purposes. Contact Kelli Andresen at with questions. Apply at HireaHawk.

Job description


Telephone research interviewers

The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) at The University of Iowa is seeking highly motivated individuals to work as Telephone Research Interviewers. This is a University of Iowa student position. To apply, contact Dawn Johnson at or (319) 384-3810, 809 Jefferson Building, Iowa City IA 52242.

Job description


Rate of pay: $10.65

Position summary

This is a University of Iowa student position. This position allows students to work in a professional environment while gaining valuable employment and research experience in public policy and opinion polling. Interviewers conduct survey data collection for academic and private business research. This position involves contacting and asking questions of respondents over the telephone. Survey questions are standardized and must be read exactly as written.


The student must have the following qualifications:

  • Absolute attention to detail.

  • Efficient, professional manner with good customer service skills.

  • Excellent communication skills. English fluency (verbal and written) is required.

  • Self-motivated with flawless discretion.

  • Works well in a team environment.

  • Solid work ethic and reliability. 

Experience in research and previous exposure to a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system is not required.


Serving as a Telephone Research Interviewer: Interact by phone with outside parties, such as businesses or private individuals to obtain data for an assigned research project. Recent study topics surround health and health systems as well as opinion research. Review and edit completed interview questionnaires for completeness and accuracy. Maintain accurate records and files pertaining to one or more research studies. Training is provided and paid.

Skills to be acquired/refined

  • Customer Service

  • Communication and listening.

  • Research and survey methodology

Work schedule

Moderately flexible hours: 10-20 per week, as dictated by our study schedule and your availability.

Primarily evenings and weekends.

**This job is temporary. However, extended employment opportunities are possible for successful employees!!