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Postdoctoral Scholar Prevention Science Institute - Open Pool

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Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Child Development, Neuroscience, Research/Scientific/Grants, Social Science

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

Review of Applications Begins
Applications will be reviewed as need arises

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please describe the nature of your training, and your fit with our research at the PSI (see for information about our team and current grants).

Due to the broad nature of the available research positions, please indicate if you have experience with any of the following: standardized assessments, standardized surveys & interviews, school-based intervention research, behavioral coding, working with families and children, working with high-risk families, working with foster families, working with children with special needs, experience with home interviews, experience with neurobiological methods (i.e., cortisol, genetic data, RSA & PEP, high density EEG/ERP, blood draws, fMRI), advanced methodologies, and/or longitudinal research.

For questions regarding specific postdoctoral opportunities within the Prevention Science Institute, please email

Department Summary
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The PSI encompasses three major focus areas consistent with the field of prevention science, including translational neuroscience, prevention and intervention, and implementation science. Understanding effective intervention strategies and the outcomes associated with these interventions across multiple domains of functioning, including biological, social, and contextual, is the focus of research at 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 education, psychology, social and affective neuroscience, development, and others who are interested in prevention. The PSI seeks to collaborate with local, state, national, and international organizations and researchers to understand and promote healthy adaptation in children and families. The PSI is particularly interested in working with communities on dissemination of effective interventions to real world settings. The PSI is committed to research that expands our understanding of interventions and development with diverse populations, and actively seeks to promote research that reduces health disparities in service utilization.

Position Summary
Postdoctoral scholars are highly motivated individuals seeking to improve skills in research through direct, mentored scholarship with faculty. Postdoctoral scholars conduct research under the direction of a faculty member for the purpose of acquiring research training, which will lead to successful employment in a research position. PSI scientists are collaborative in their research activities and postdoctoral scholars are expected to serve in both lead and supporting roles in manuscript development and other project activities. The nature of the work is relatively fast-paced and we value rigor, reproducibility, and productivity in scholarship from all members of the research team, while maintaining a positive and supportive work environment.

Positions are limited duration appointments potentially renewable for up to a total of two years. In limited circumstances, there is the possibility of renewal beyond two years based on programmatic need, funding, and performance.

Minimum Requirements
• PhD in a related field by start of position, including education, psychology, prevention science, special education, or quantitative methodology.
• Experience in the field of research.
• Evidence of scholarship (e.g. publications, presentations, grant submissions).
• Evidence of ability to work as part of a collaborative scientific team.
• Experience using advanced quantitative methodologies.
• Coursework and training in quantitative methods (e.g. SEM, Growth Modeling, etc).

Professional Competencies
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work in a team.
• Ability to work directly with graduate and undergraduate students.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working directly on Federal grants.
• Experience writing Federal grant applications either individually or with a team.
• Advanced quantitative methodology skills and training (e.g. CACE modeling, nested designs).
• Experience working with children and families.
• Experience working with high-risk families.
• Experience working with children with special needs.
• Experience with home interviews.
• Experience with neurobiological measures (i.e. cortisol genetic data, RSA & PEP, high-density EEG/ERP, blood draws, fMRI, etc.).
• Experience with longitudinal research studies.

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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