Center for Social and Behavioral Research


Field Data Collectors

We are hiring student field data collectors for an upcoming research project.  Students must be able to travel to various counties around Iowa during weekends and/or academic breaks (i.e., Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break) to collect data. The rate of pay is $11.50 per hour and data collectors will be reimbursed for mileage.

This is a great opportunity to gain work experience in data collection and research practices.  Candidates applying should have a keen eye for detail, the ability to follow directions, be adaptable, and be able to work well independently.

The skills required for this part-time position include excellent observation abilities and the capacity to record information quickly from eye to hand using a paper and pencil form.  There is a mandatory paid training prior to the start of the project that will take place during the evening and/or weekend in mid-September 2018 at CSBR (2304 College Street).

Work will begin in October 2018 and continue through June 2019.  The project will require visiting retail locations (e.g., convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco outlets) throughout Iowa during business hours and collecting information outside and inside the store. You will be provided with a list of locations to visit within a specified timeframe. You must then submit reports as the work proceeds. THIS IS A 3-9 MONTH ASSIGNMENT depending upon the quality of your work and availability.

This project requires a person who is detail-oriented and has the ability to send prompt email reports to the project manager following store visits. This position also requires a willingness to drive to counties around Iowa, as assigned. A clean driving record and reliable transportation is required. If offered the position, applicants must have their driver’s license validated by UNI’s motor pool in order to drive on university business. More information about the university’s motor pool policy can be found at

Requirements for this position:

• Extremely well-organized • Ability to work well independently • Able to clearly follow directions and data collection protocol • Able to read maps and find specified locations • Ability to promptly email reports • Willingness/ability to travel to retail outlets • Valid driver's license • Current car insurance • Comfortable being in diverse geographic areas • Flexible schedule/ability to work weekends / academic breaks • Background or interest in social science, psychology, field research, is a plus. 

Please send your resume and an email of interest that includes your contact information, major, home county in Iowa, and availability to: 

Megan Ruxton, Assistant Director

Inquiries accepted through September 7th, 2018


Telephone Research Interviewers

Annually, 50+ students and non-students are employed as research telephone interviewers in the CSBR Data Collection Lab. UNI student applicants must be enrolled, all applicants must show evidence of capability to master professional procedures of scientific interviewing and have good communication skills. Studies conducted by the CSBR cover many of the most exciting and relevant topics of contemporary life including public health, crime, education, and technology. Recent studies can be viewed by looking at the CSBR project list. Some of the benefits of being employed by the CSBR are

  • Chance to work on many interesting current day studies

  • Paid training

  • Friendly work environment

  • Flexible hours

  • Higher starting wage than average campus job ($10.00)

  • Periodic raises based on time worked and performance

Student positions are sometimes available in the CSBR Data Analysis Lab and the Telephone Data Collection Lab. Both labs offer competitive wages to students and work on-campus. Check the UNI student job board for available positions.


Student Research Assistants

Annually, 5-10 students are employed in the CSBR Data Analysis Lab. To qualify, undergraduates must be enrolled, have completed some coursework in basic social statistics and methods, have high grade points and be recommended by advisors or professors. Graduate students may qualify by being enrolled in a UNI masters or doctorate program, have superior preparation by coursework and experience, and be recommended by advisors or professors.


Post-Doctoral Scholar

More information to come!