Research Assistant

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Assistant

Job no: 527204
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Psychology, Research/Scientific/Grants

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

Review of Applications Begins
April 9, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional references via 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) study, which is 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 administration on a fast-paced, bi-weekly project schedule, and analysis and dissemination of findings on a frequent basis to media outlets and policymakers.

All members of the study team will play an integral role in providing timely and important data on the experiences of families with young children. 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 prepares those data for analysis. The RA will help maintain standardized documentation and other processes as outlined in the team's Manual of Procedures. Strong organizational skills, ability to handle multiple priorities, and orientation to details are vital to success in this position. Must be willing to work closely and collaboratively with other team members. Must have experience working in a fast-paced academic research setting and be able to communicate clearly with team members and other stakeholders about the work they are responsible for carrying out.

The project is based at the University of Oregon but is carried out online/remotely; candidates who are not local are encouraged to apply.

This position does not have any direct supervision responsibilities.

Minimum Requirements
  • BA/BS degree in Psychology or a related field
  • One year of experience working in a research laboratory that conducts human subjects research

    Professional Competencies
  • Excellent problem-solving 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
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Experience with Qualtrics or other electronic survey software
  • Experience with implementing online survey research
  • Experience with SPSS, R, or similar statistical software
  • Interest in applied developmental neuroscience and prevention science
  • Experience in the development of research protocols and implementing standardized data collection on research populations

    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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