Utah State University

Swahili/English - Data Collection, Processing & Transcription Assistant

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(2/8/2022 4:50 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Logan | US-UT
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Temporary Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
~10-20 hours/week
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
School of Teacher Educ & Leadership
Advertised Salary
$20.00 per hour


Overview of the project: The research project explores the STEM identity development of refugee youth. You can learn more about the project here: https://www.informalscience.org/investigating-development-stem-positive-identities-refugee-teens-physics-out-school-time-experience. We are looking for a research assistant to help with data collection, transcription, translation (Swahili-English) and data analysis.


  • Listen to conversations of youth in an afterschool club. Edit transcripts of student conversations recorded in various instructional contexts to refine them by adding details from videos or using close listening techniques.
  • Translate and transcribe conversations from Swahili into English.
  • Code qualitative data (images, audio recordings, transcripts, videos) using a code book developed by the research team.
  • Write short summaries of your coding.
  • Assist in data collection for 4-8 weeks in March-April. This requires travel to Salt Lake City on one Tuesday or Thursday per week to attend sessions that run 3:30-7:00pm (note, you must be in SLC by 3:30!). Travel cost is reimbursed for students who use their own vehicle, or a university vehicle can be arranged, and, travel time counts as paid hours.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced speaker of Swahili.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word and proficiency in typing
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Curiosity about equity in STEM education and/or qualitative research methods
  • Ability to complete CITI training through the IRB*
    • This is free, fast, easy, and available online. It’s basic ethics training for people who work on research with “human subjects” – Dr. Braden will guide you through the process!
  • Position is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple projects.
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions or work assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.
  • Team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Productive worker with solid work ethic who exerts effort in successfully completing tasks.
  • Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn new skills or techniques.

On-Campus ACA Variable Position

US Work Authorization is Required

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume or CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$20.00 per hour


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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