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Postdoctoral Scholar

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

Department: Center for Translational Neuroscience
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
February 4, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references through the UO Careers website.

Department Summary
The Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) is a center within the Department of Psychology 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 CTN employs successive iterations of neuroscience research, theory building, and practice to drive the scientific knowledge base forward and promote evidence-based policy.

The Psychology department, located within the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the largest departments supporting significant instructional and research activities in a wide range of fields within the discipline. The Department enrolls about 1,900 students per term, with approximately 300 undergraduate Psychology majors, and 80 doctoral students, and includes approximately 35 teaching faculty, emeriti faculty, research staff, graduate students and professional/administrative staff. For more information on the Department, visit https://psychology.uoregon.edu/. For more information on the CTN, visit http://ctn.uoregon.edu/.

The University of Oregon 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 Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct and assist in work related to the IDEAS Impact Framework, a science-based framework for program implementation and evaluation. The framework is co-located at the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) at the University of Oregon, and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (CDCH). Under the direction of Dr. Philip Fisher, the postdoctoral scholar will act as a member of the UO-based consultation team to provide technical assistance to projects and CDCH staff involved in the initiative, with a focus on the ongoing work of the Measurement and Evaluation Hub and the Methodology Advisory committee. The postdoc will prepare and present summaries of analyses to a variety of audiences. The postdoc will assist and provide guidance to project team members on advanced data analysis. The postdoc will also serve as a facilitator and presenter at IDEAS workshops. The postdoc will assist with the management of team members. The postdoc will prepare manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and participate in the preparation of funding proposals.

For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan.

Minimum Requirements
• PhD in Psychology, Education, Human Development or a related discipline.
• Extensive experience with acquiring, analyzing, and interpreting research data, and summarizing findings via written reports and oral presentations.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to function effectively as a team member and team leader as well as the ability to interpret and present information to a variety of audiences. Experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees.
• Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills (SPSS, Qualtrics, Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with young children and families and/or previous experience working in community-based organizations.
• Previous management experience either during graduate training (e.g., managing a team of undergraduates) or during previous employment.
• Topical expertise in early adversity and preventive intervention including fast cycle learning.
• Strong record of publications (including first-author manuscripts) in peer-reviewed journals.
• Experience in the planning, implementation, and tracking of a research project comprising multiple assessments
• Interest in supporting community-based research, including adapting research protocols for use in community settings and with diverse populations involving working closely to co-create intervention and evaluation protocol with community partners.
• Interest in fast cycle and shared learning with a large and diverse research and development community.


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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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 uocareers@uoregon.edu 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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