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Pro Tem Research Assistant - Reeder Lab

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

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
November 2, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a CV and cover letter.

Department Summary
The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary
The Research Assistant in the Reeder lab at the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon requires an individual who is self-motivated and has excellent organizational, managerial, and communication skills. This position will oversee technical and business aspects of the Reeder lab on a daily basis and to will participate in a variety of new and ongoing research in the lab as directed. The Research Assistant works closely with Assistant Professor Jonathan Reeder and his project leads to design, implement, and supervise lab research, lab administration and lab safety protocols.

The Reeder lab explores chemistries and processing techniques of soft materials (such as smart polymers, elastomers, hydrogels, and composites), unconventional microfabrication techniques, and microsystem integration schemes for soft wearable and implantable systems. Ongoing projects include the synthesis of materials for biodegradable implants, untethered microfluidic systems, and soft neural interfaces. The Research Assistant plays a key role in the discovery and research functions of the lab.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or a related field
• Two years of experience in a research environment that conducts experiments involving mechanical design, materials synthesis/processing/characterization, or microfabrication

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated analytic skills
• Basic operational accounting
• Demonstrated research and laboratory skills and experience
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Experience in a regulated research environment
• Strong team ethic
• Attention to detail
• Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry or Physics
• Demonstrated technical skills relevant to bio-integrated devices, including experience with extracurricular solo or team-based projects

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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