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Pro Tem Research Assist/Assoc - Prevention Science Institute - Open Pool

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Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Child Development, Research/Scientific/Grants, Psychology, Human Physiology, Neuroscience

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

Review of Applications Begins
Applications will be reviewed as needs arise

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Indicate in your cover letter if you would like your application considered for part-time positions, full-time positions, or both.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and will continue until positions are filled.

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
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) at the University of Oregon is seeking qualified applicants for its open research pool. 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. Appointments may be as a research assistant, conducting research under the direction of a principal investigator, or as a research associate, conducting research with only general guidance.

Research assistant/associate opportunities frequently arise in the PSI. These positions are primarily funded by federal grants with research aims related to understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. Candidates with professional or academic interests in any of these areas are encouraged to apply; applicants will be screened as needs arise. Successful candidates will have professional experience and a commitment to working effectively with research participants and staff from diverse backgrounds. Candidates with fluency in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

Examples of the types of positions that arise include:

Interviewer/Assessors who work with families and children to gather complete and accurate data through standardized personal interviews, questionnaires, standardized tests, semi-structured interviews, parent-child interaction tasks, child and adult diagnostic interviews and video recorded observations;

Data Managers who oversee the tracking, cleaning, formatting and compiling of computerized datasets;

Records Coordinators who locate and coordinate the collection of data from community partners (such as local school districts, child welfare agencies or the local youth authority and/or adult courts) and obtain and track signed consent forms.

Recruiters who contact potential participants to screen and invite them to participate in active research projects.

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, 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, and experience with neurobiological methods (e.g, cortisol, genetic data, RSA & PEP, high density EEG/ERP, blood draws, fMRI).

Minimum Requirements
Research Assistant rank:
• Bachelors degree

Senior Research Assistant I rank:
• Bachelors degree plus 6 years of applicable work experience post degree

Senior Research Assistant II rank:
• Bachelors degree plus 12 years of applicable work experience post degree

Research Associate rank:
• Terminal degree

Senior Research Associate I rank:
• Terminal degree plus 6 years of applicable work experience post degree

Senior Research Associate II rank:
• Terminal degree plus 12 years of applicable work experience post degree

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with standardized assessments.
• Experience with standardized surveys & interviews.
• Experience with behavioral coding.
• Experience working with children and families.
• Experience working with high-risk families.
• Experience working with foster families.
• Experience 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, etc.).

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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