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Pro Tem Research Assistant/Associate/Postdoctoral Scholar Pool

Apply now Job no: 519627
Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute for a Sustainable Environment
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
January 31, 2017, on-going through January 2018

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include all of the information below in your application packet.
--Cover letter that describes both your interest and qualifications. In your cover letter please specify which position(s) you are applying for: Research Assistant, Research Associate or Postdoctoral Scholar.
--Curriculum vitae or resume.
--Three professional references
--Writing sample

Department Summary
The purpose of this announcement is to identify highly motivated researchers from a variety of social and social science disciplines interested in joining the Institute for a Sustainable Environment to assist with or lead nationally-relevant natural resource, environmental, and sustainability research. The Institute is the University of Oregon's oldest sustainability-oriented research center, and has an interdisciplinary faculty with interests in sustainable rural development, natural resource and environmental policy, green jobs, biodiversity conservation, land use and management, collaboration, conservation practices, ecological restoration, geography, green building design, renewable energy, health policy, climate change, and other related issues. The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working background. Additional information about the Institute for a Sustainable Environment can be found at

Positions are non-career, non-tenure track, and may be full or part time. Research assistant and research associate positions are limited duration appointments potentially renewable for up to a total of three years. In limited circumstances, there is the possibility of renewal beyond three years based on programmatic need, funding and performance. Postdoctoral scholars hired through the applicant pool process may be renewed for up to a total of five years depending on performance, funding, and need. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, up to the date specified for this position on the University of Oregon Human Resources web site.

Position Summary
Position: The applicant pool will be used to identify highly motivated, high quality candidates interested in contributing to existing institute applied research and technical assistance projects. Job duties will vary depending on the particular position and the available funding, and can include:
• Research, assessment, and monitoring including all phases of literature reviews, data collection, data analyses (including quantitative, qualitative, spatial) and writing to prepare scientific papers, reports, and presentations for scholarly and lay audiences.
• Implementation of public service and technical assistance projects, such as organizing and/or facilitating meetings, making presentations.
• Leadership and participation on research teams.
• Writing and contributing to grant applications.
• Communicating to the public and diverse stakeholder groups.
• Coordinating, editing and monitoring work of UO students.
• Traveling locally, regionally, or nationally as needed for data collection or conferences.

Minimum Requirements
• A research assistant should have a minimum of a master's degree in a relevant field, as defined above. Significant professional experience may substitute for a master's degree for highly qualified individuals.
• Research associates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, work independently, and with less supervision than research assistants.
• Postdoctoral scholars must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, will train under the sponsorship of a research faculty member, and will participate in a mentoring plan.

Other requirements for all three ranks:
• Two years of experience with some combination of natural resource policy and management, community-government relations, collaboration, climate change, sustainable rural development, forestry or ecology, land use or transportation policy, green building, health policy, or a related field.
• Knowledge and experience with a variety of quantitative and qualitative social or natural science research methods, and a willingness and ability to learn new methods as needs arise.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent writing and communications skills.
• Demonstrated self-motivation and leadership capacity.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain overall program mission.
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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