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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
April 1, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit an application to the UO Careers site including a cover letter and three professional references.

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 For more information on the CTN, visit

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 projects examining the efficacy and effectiveness of caregiver-supported interventions for families experiencing adversity. This position is ideal for candidates interested in translational neuroscience and who express strong interest in both behavioral and neurobiological intervention outcomes for caregivers and children. The position is part of the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) lab, housed within the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) at the University of Oregon. Under the direction of Dr. Philip Fisher, director of both the SNAP lab and CTN, the primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Scholar will be to develop, write, and publish manuscripts using existing datasets from large, randomized-controlled trials of parenting interventions. In addition, the Postdoctoral Scholar will assist with planning and data collection of an upcoming randomized-controlled trial, as well as contribute to the preparation of future grant 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 clinical/development psychology, neuroscience or a related discipline.
• Strong record of publications (including first-author manuscripts) in peer-reviewed journals.
• Extensive experience with acquiring, analyzing, and interpreting research data, and summarizing findings via written reports and oral presentations.

Professional Competencies
• Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills (SPSS, Qualtrics, Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).
• Excellent scientific writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong ability to work independently when preparing manuscripts for publication.
• Previous experience with analysis of intervention data (i.e., randomized controlled trial) or longitudinal data.
• Topical expertise in early adversity, prevention science, infant and child development, and parenting.
• Proficiency with advanced statistical analyses (e.g., linear mixed modeling, structural equation modeling).
• Previous experience with analyses and interpretation of neural measures (e.g., EEG/fMRI) and biological measures (e.g., cortisol).
• Previous management experience either during graduate training (e.g. managing a team of undergraduates) or during previous employment.
• Experience in the planning, implementation, and tracking of a research project comprising multiple assessments.

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.

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