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Research Assistant

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Other-Site
Categories: Psychology

Department: Center for Translational Neuroscience
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
March 5, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter along with your CV and three professional references to the UO Careers online site.

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
Seeking a full-time RA to work with Professor Philip Fisher and his team on the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development – Early Childhood (RAPID-EC), a twice-monthly survey of households with children ages 0-5 to assess the needs, health promoting behaviors, and well-being of children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project consists of survey data collection, analysis, and publishing on a fast-paced, bi-weekly project schedule.

This RA position will play an integral role in providing timely and important data on the experiences of families with young children. This position involves conducting an analysis of RAPID-EC data, completing quality control checks throughout data collection, processing, and analysis stages, and working with the team to continually maintain and refine the growing dataset.

This RA will work collaboratively with the project manager and research team that currently administers the bi-weekly survey and collects data, incorporates new measures into the survey instrument, and analyzes those data. The RA will maintain standardized documentation and other processes as outlined in the team’s Manual of Procedures. Strong organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and orientation to details are vital to success in this position. The person in this position must be willing to work closely and collaboratively with other team members. They must have experience conducting data analyses in a fast-paced academic research setting and be able to communicate clearly with diverse team members and other stakeholders about data analysis processes, methods, and findings.

The project is based at the University of Oregon but this position may be able to work remotely; candidates who are not local are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Requirements
• BA/BS degree in Psychology or a related field
• Experience conducting data analyses in academic settings.

Professional Competencies
• Advanced proficiency in SPSS, flexibility with learning other programming languages (e.g., R)
• Excellent analytic and organizational skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to track communications, requests, and progress toward deliverables independently.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperation among research team other collaborators, including other researchers and project stakeholders.
• Ability to adapt flexibly to changes in responsibilities and assignments.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience presenting research findings to small and large groups.
• Experience with completing data analyses related to family wellbeing and early childhood development.
• Interest in applied developmental neuroscience and prevention science.
• Experience with Qualtrics or other electronic survey software.

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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