Graduate Funding Information Service

August 3, 2020

UW Research Assistant: Actokids Population Health Initiative Grant

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020, 5:00pm

We are a team of researchers from the UW, North Seattle College, and Seattle Public Schools who recently received a 2020 UW Population Health Initiative pilot research grant . We are developing and testing the use of ActoKids, an inclusive mobile application for children and their families to identify physical activity opportunities in King County with an emphasis on those most disenfranchised from PA opportunities (e.g., youth from low-income families, with disabilities). We are seeking an RA who can support the team with project management, research design, and data analysis.

This is a 50% FTE position for 3 quarters; the starting date is Sept 30, 2020. Compensation is at the GSA level for which the student is eligible. The UW’s policy regarding graduate student service appointments is set forth in detail in Executive Order 28. The basic monthly stipend and health benefits associated with student service appointments can be found here.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the project lead (Dr. Julie McCleery), and in collaboration with a team of partners, the person will assist some range of the following:

  • Coordinate research team activities including scheduling meetings, creating agendas, and recording minutes, and following up regarding work between meetings;
  • Create a project timeline and track milestones;
  • Help write the research plan and IRB;
  • Support collection and organization of data to support app functioning;
  • Assist with app design and development;
  • Facilitate data collection;
  • Manage data – entry, cleaning, security, and backup;
  • Assist with data analyses and report preparation;
  • Monitor scheduled survey data collection for community providers and families.


Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment. Preference is for a graduate student in Human Centered Design & Engineering or a related field.

In general, preference will be given to applicants in each category who exhibit the following qualifications, as evidenced in their letter of application:

  • Current Graduate Student in Human Centered Design and Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, the Information School, the Division of Design, Education or other degree program;
  • Strong knowledge of the human-centered design process;
  • Experience and skills with user experience and human-centered design, participatory design, and various user research methods;
  • Some experience designing and implementing qualitative or quantitative research;
  • Demonstrated strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Project management skills including self-motivation, task management, and delegation;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and on teams.

Other preferred attributes to be assessed during the application process include:

  • Interest and experience in physical activity and/or community health;
  • Interest and experience in working with community partners;
  • Interest and experience with the following platforms: NVivo, Stata or SPSS, Qualtrics or REDCap;
  • Interest and experience in survey and focus group methodology;
  • Interest and experience in Javascript and React Native app development;
  • Interest and experience in cloud computing and Amazon Web Services.

How to Apply

  • Please prepare a 1-page cover letter describing:
  • Why you are interested in this project
  • How the project relates to your research/ career goals
  • Your applicable backgrounds skills and knowledge
  • Your other time commitments

In addition, attach your resume or CV and list a faculty member who will serve as your reference. Please email all application materials to Dr. Julie McCleery by August 31 at 5:00 pm .

You may also email Dr. McCleery at if you have questions about the position.