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Research Assistant

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Psychology, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Prevention Science Institute
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
May 28, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please apply online with a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) at the University of Oregon is a multidisciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings.

The core mission of the PSI is to improve the lives and well-being of at-risk children, individuals, and families throughout the lifespan. The Center for Translational Neuroscience is a center within the PSI whose mission is to translate knowledge from basic neuroscience and apply it to improve well-being, promote resilience, and mitigate the effects of early adverse experiences. The PSI is a research institute designed for collaboration between faculty across disciplines, including psychology, social and affective neuroscience, development, and education, and others who are interested in prevention.

The University of Oregon, the Prevention Science Institute and the Center for Translational Neuroscience are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.

Position Summary
The Research Assistant is responsible for managing day-to-day scheduling, coordination, tracking, recruitment, and retention of subjects. The Research Assistant runs assessment sessions including neuroimaging, conducts telephone interviews, and works closely with the project coordinator and Principal Investigator to achieve project goals. Supervision and training of undergraduate staff and ongoing interaction with the internal review board for human subjects' protection is also expected.

Minimum Requirements
• BA degree in psychology, neuroscience, biology, or related discipline.
• Experience with human subjects research studies, particularly clinical trials.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and text messaging.
• Experience with team management.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent oral and written communications skills, highly detail oriented, organized, and efficient, and able to work independently while seeking supervision as necessary.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and creative problem solving are also critical.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with clinical participant recruitment.
• Proficiency in SPSS and MATLAB, R, and/or Python.
• Experience conducting standardized clinical assessments.
• Neuroimaging acquisition and/or analysis experience, preferably fMRI.
• Experience with obese/overweight, early adversity samples and/or community populations, ideally in the context of a randomized controlled trial.

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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