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Research Associate

University of Colorado Denver

Denver, Colorado
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University of Colorado Denver
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Job Details

The Comcast Media and Technology Center (CMTC), a visionary collaboration between College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and College of Arts & Media (CAM), is situated in the Tivoli Student Union and is led by Co-Directors—one each from CEAS and CAM. Configured as an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary center for innovation, the CCMT allows a confluence of expertise and knowledge. Through a unique blending of design, engineering, and technology, the CCMT’s central purpose is to foster a creative environment. Ideally, this center enables students, researchers, and professionals to academic and creative work that is culturally focused. The strategic intent is to encourage action-orientated education, research, commercial enterprises, and community services that are empathetically driven, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible. The CCMT operates across the fields of computer science, engineering, design, business management, arts and media, and other relevant and evolving areas of media and technology.

Nature of Work

This Research Associate position offers collaborative and independent research opportunities at The Comcast Media and Technology Center (CMTC) at University of Colorado Denver. The major responsibilities include providing leadership in the research, creative work, and service activities of The Comcast Media and Technology Center (CMTC). This position starts with an initial 2-year term as a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Upon successful performance and appropriate funding generation, reappointment is possible.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Helps to establish a research agenda for CMTC 
  • Leads and manages research projects to advance the center and involve students
  • Develop new research directions with Co-Directors and author research proposals to attract external funding
  • Articulate the goals of the center, both within and outside the unit, and advocate for the center, students, and the faculty in pursuit of these aims
  • Develops, plans, tracks and analyzes projects to advance the research agenda. 
  • Works with project sponsor(s) to define project success criteria, timelines, milestones and deliverables. 
  • Manages multiple, concurrent and organizational projects.
  • Records and reports project results to the Co-Directors and other stakeholders. Also records and reports key data and other relevant information regarding projects as needed.
  • Maintains a climate that is collegial, that respects and values diversity, treats faculty, staff in a respectful manner while building a culture of creativity and innovation.


Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must have a terminal degree (in computer science, engineering, design, visual or performing arts, digital media) or equivalent professional experience in a closely related discipline
  • Should have an active research/creative work program 
  • Should have participated in externally funded research projects under PIs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Design or related fields
  • Successful experience in grant funding
  • A scholarly record commensurate with career tradjectory 
  • Evidence of high-quality research and / or creative work
  • Experience in a higher education setting
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