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Pro Tem Research Assistant - Data Science Specialist

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Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Data Science, Research/Scientific/Grants

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

Review of Applications Begins
January 15, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to a completed online application, including contact information for three professional references, applicants must attach:
• A resume
• A cover letter, including descriptions of the nature of your training and your fit with our research at the PSI (see for information about our team and current grants).

Department Summary
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) at the University of Oregon (UO) is a multidisciplinary research institute focused on improving the lives of children, families, and adults through science, outreach, and program delivery. The PSI includes faculty from across the UO who work together to understand prevention and health promotion through translational science and applied intervention research.

We conduct research from multiple perspectives, including translational research that focuses on interactions between the brain, social context, and behavior; developing, testing, and delivering effective intervention programs; and efficacious ways to disseminate programs into community, agency, and school settings.

Position Summary
The Data Science Specialist works with PSI scientists on various federal grants and sponsored projects, including a large-scale, multi-site center grant (P50).

The incumbent interfaces with and provides support across P50 projects to facilitate data harmonization of projects involving multiple sources of data and means of data collection (observation, biospecimen, imaging, Qualtrics, REDCap, etc.). This person develops shared program syntax for P50 projects and pilots to facilitate data harmonization and organizes harmonized data for repository archiving. The incumbent writes and maintains meta-data documentation for the shared data repository following guidelines in data sharing protocols. They coordinate with the P50 Data Science Core to assess and implement data science priorities.

Support for other projects includes acting as a resource to personnel accessing data; coordinating with methodologists; running routine descriptive analysis; cleaning, formatting, and preparing files for datasets; and conducting light analysis, such as descriptive analysis and frequencies.

Minimum Requirements
• BA/BS degree with coursework appropriate to the position; an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
• Five years of research experience, or progressively responsible employment in a field applicable to the research, or a combination of such training and experience. Experience must include performing data management duties in a research environment, and direct experience with the following:
- longitudinal data
- large datasets
- multiple-method and multi-sources of person-level and group-level data

Professional Competencies
• Advanced training in multiple statistical software packages such as R, Excel, SPSS, SAS, and Stata.
• Knowledge of spoken and written English sufficient to obtain, provide, or exchange information. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills and a service-oriented attitude.
• A highly efficient and organized approach to work and strong attention to detail and thoroughness. Applicant must also possess exceptional time management skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees.
• Ability to work independently, with close supervision as needed.
• Strong working knowledge of personal computers with formal training and/or employment experience.
• Familiarity with IRB protocols and/or procedures sufficient to manage multiple levels of data structures and maintain confidentiality of data, as required.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master's degree.
• Experience in Qualtrics or REDcap, relational databases, and Python or Perl.
• Graduate Degree in relevant discipline.

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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