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Postdoctoral Scholar Prevention Science Institute

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Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Prevention Science Institute
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
July 5, 2018 ; position 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 PSI evolved from the Child and Family Center, which remains as a center within the PSI.

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 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 and the Prevention Science Institute 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 Postdoctoral Scholar will work in Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith’s Lab to support activities on the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse Statistics, Website, and Training (WWC-SWAT) contract. The WWC aims to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with transparent information about the evidence of effectiveness of educational programs, products, policies, and practices. The WWC reviews research evidence according to the WWC Study Evidence Standards and uses a web-based dissemination system to feature comprehensive, systematic, high-quality reviews of studies on the effectiveness of educational interventions (see All WWC evidence reviews are completed by certified WWC reviewers, so an essential function of the WWC is to provide certification training for WWC reviewers. The Postdoctoral Scholar will assist Dr. Tanner-Smith and multiple cross-site investigative teams on the training of WWC reviewers. Principal responsibilities include project coordination, creating and managing training systems for the WWC single-case and regression discontinuity design reviewing standards, participating in assessment of existing WWC Standards and Procedures, participating in project conferences calls and meetings, and working closely with Dr. Tanner-Smith and study investigators to achieve project goals.

Minimum Requirements
• PhD degree in education, psychology, behavioral science, or a closely related field.
• Three years of experience conducting progressively complex statistical analyses in the field of education, psychology, behavioral, or social sciences.
• Graduate level coursework or training in single-case research designs and/or regression discontinuity designs.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to function effectively as a team member and team leader. Experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees.
• Strong computing and technical skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications
• Certified reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse.
• Record of publications (including first-author manuscripts) in peer-reviewed journals.
• Experience conducting single-case designs or regression discontinuity designs.
• Experience conducting systematic reviews/meta-analyses.
• Experience with Mplus, R, SPSS, or Stata (or other similar platforms).
• Experience working on large-scale research projects with off-site investigators.

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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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 Civil Rights Compliance, 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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