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Research Associate

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Education

Department: Center on Human Development
Rank: Research Associate
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
September 22, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a CV and cover letter that specifically address how you as an applicant meet the minimum and, if applicable, preferred qualifications for this position.

Department Summary
The College of Education (COE) is organized in 4 academic departments and 14 research and outreach units. Our academic departments offer a range of academic degrees and majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including communication disorders and sciences, elementary and secondary education, school psychology, counseling psychology, prevention science, couples and family therapy, special education, teacher education, administrator preparation, and research methodology. Our research and outreach units are internationally recognized for their expertise in assessment, school-wide discipline and behavior management, positive youth development, family interventions, special education, early intervention, and culturally responsive educational practices. As noted in our mission statement, COE faculty, staff, and students are committed to developing and validating programs that prepare scholars and practitioners, while promoting respect for diversity, equitable opportunities, and inclusive environments. Further information about the leadership programs, college, and the university is accessible at

The Center on Human Development (CHD) is a research center in the College of Education. The mission of the CHD is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities, their families, and the communities that support them. The CHD has four primary objectives that are jointly pursued 1) the interdisciplinary training of professionals; 2) research, development, and demonstration for exemplary, model programs; 3) technical assistance; and 4) dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and best practices.

Position Summary
The purpose of a Research Associate is to assist in carrying out a particular research agenda. Research Associates contribute in many ways to the research project including conducting research and managing grants. The research associate leads and/or collaborates in research, demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance projects within the Center on Human Development and COE.

The Research Associate will perform independent or supervisory roles in research activities requiring an advanced level of knowledge in Special Education, Postsecondary Transition, and are predominantly intellectual and varied in character, and require consistent use of discretion and judgment. Potential areas of research include expertise in social network analysis, which is a specialized area of analysis that involves evaluations of social networks to better understanding social capital among young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Research Associate may follow standard protocols or determine protocols to be used, based on the guidelines of the principal investigator and has authority to make decisions related to record-keeping and statistical models utilized. The position may independently devise specific experiments.

This position is a 12-month renewable, funding contingent, Career Non-Tenure-Track Faculty (CNTTF) position in the Research Associate classification series. The position’s responsibilities are guided by the COE NTTF Professional Responsibilities Policy, United Academics Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the COE’s NTTF Policy for Promotion and Review.
The position reports to The Center on Human Development Director, Professor Chris Murray.
This position interacts with:
- UO Sponsored Projects Services
- US Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences
- US Department of Health & Human Services
- School district personnel, teachers, and test administrators
- DESTNY Grant Management Unit

Minimum Requirements
• Doctorate in program field or related field
• Demonstrated expertise in areas required for program, grant, or contract (e.g., supervision of staff, grant writing and management)
• Three years’ experience in research activities required for the position (e.g., data collection, research design)

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated potential to contribute positively to our diverse community and to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to work under supervision for completion of project-specific activities
• Ability to effectively use a computer and applicable software to create databases, perform statistical analyses, present data and perform other computer-related tasks.
• Excellent writing and communication skills; including clear and concise communication skills
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment and effectively supervise others in the completion of specific project activities
• High quality of work output in terms of day-to-day research, demonstration, outreach, and/or technical assistance activities

Preferred Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in Special Education
• Additional experience in Postsecondary Transition

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

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