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Leve Research Lab Manager (Research Assistant - Open Rank)

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jul 20, 2021

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Leve Research Lab Manager (Research Assistant - Open Rank)

Job no: 527835
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Psychology

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

Review of Applications Begins
August 2, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
With your online application, please provide a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

Please see for information about our team and current grants.

Department Summary
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The PSI encompasses focus areas consistent with the field of prevention science, including prevention and intervention, and implementation science. Understanding effective intervention strategies and the outcomes associated with these interventions across multiple domains of functioning, including biological, social, and contextual, is the focus of research at the PSI. The core mission of the PSI is to improve the lives and well-being of children, individuals, and families throughout the lifespan. The PSI is committed to research that expands our understanding of interventions and development with diverse populations, and actively seeks to promote research that reduces health disparities in service utilization.

Position Summary
The Leve Research Lab Manager position, within the Prevention Science Institute (PSI), will be involved in organizing all key research activities across multiple federally-funded human subjects' research projects led by Dr. Leslie Leve. The research projects are complex and include multi-component center grants, multi-site projects, longitudinal research studies, newly funded projects, community partnerships, human subjects and biospecimen data activities, and pilot research and development projects. Current funded research projects within the Leve Research Lab bring several million dollars, annually.

This position will work closely with Dr. Leve and the investigative teams for all her research projects to ensure that research project metrics are on track to be met. It will also provide overall organization of the Leve Research Lab to sustain successful growth, staff training and support, and institutionalization. Main responsibilities of this position include: management and oversight of the day-to-day running of activities across project levels; providing training, direction, and support to project coordinators and co-investigators across research projects, including those at other sites/institutions; coordinating and overseeing Leve Research Lab proposals, amendments, and annual reviews submitted to UO's Internal Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Review; managing projects' budgets, including oversight of weekly spending plans based on project projections, cost fluctuations, and/or award cuts; facilitating external research consultant contracts; assisting the investigative team with preparing and collecting materials for grant proposals and annual project reviews; facilitating the execution of data use agreements and material transfer agreements; organizing and guiding approval processes at all project levels across involved institutions; and coordinating start-up activities of newly funded projects.

The lab manager must be comfortable with fast-paced, complex research program management, including budget and finance management, IRB coordination, meeting coordination, and developing strategic relationships and partnerships with both internal and external staff and collaborators. The lab manager will work closely with the cross-site investigative teams, PSI's administrative staff, and other on-campus units such as Research Compliance Services, Sponsored Projects' Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Innovation Partnership Services, and Purchasing and Contracting Services. The lab manager will communicate and translate scientific data to a wide variety of audiences, be flexible, and be able to facilitate adjustments to quickly problem solve conflicting priorities and evolving needs as they arise.

The position will directly supervise project coordinators, data managers, and programmers within the Leve Research Lab, and provide supervisory support and oversight of additional project staff, such as assessment coordinators, participant interviewers, and recruiters, data analysts, and undergraduate and graduate-level students. The lab manager will coordinate hiring, evaluations, and lab meeting schedules. This position regularly requires the exercise of independent judgment and comprehensive knowledge of the University of Oregon and Prevention Science Institute operations, and local, state, and federal policies applicable to each project and funder. The lab manager will be responsible for decisions related to program oversight and will consult with and make recommendations to leadership as needed.

Minimum Requirements
Research Assistant:
  • MA/MS degree in Prevention Science, Psychology, Management, Public Administration, or closely related field
  • Three years of leadership experience within a human subjects' research lab or similar work environment
  • Three years of experience in the collection of multiple types of biospecimen data
  • Three years of project management experience related to research in higher education, research organizations, or a related environment
  • Three years of supervisory experience
  • Experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees and stakeholders
  • Experience managing fast-paced or complex situations in a calm, constructive, and professional manner

    Senior Research Assistant I will meet all of the above requirements and have 6 years of relevant post-bachelor's degree experience.

    Senior Research Assistant II will meet all of the above requirements and have 12 years of relevant post-bachelor's degree experience.

    Professional Competencies
  • Exceptional time management skills, with a strong attention to detail and thoroughness
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with overlapping deadlines and frequent interruptions while maintaining a high level of customer service and professionalism
  • Excellent planning and project prioritization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills to obtain, provide, or exchange information with project collaborators and staff, including a capacity for sensitivity, confidentiality, and diligence with regard to personnel and human subjects information
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds as well as to develop knowledge of, respect for, those from a broad array of cultures and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of governmental and granting agency regulations pertaining to grants and contracts
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand, explain, and comply with university and government policies, rules, and regulations
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data/information
  • Competency in budgeting and accounting for large, complex projects
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to represent the PSI in a professional manner with diverse set of stakeholders including, investigators, staff, administrators, students, and research participants
  • Ability to manage complex environments in a calm, constructive, and professional manner

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Five years of leadership experience within a human subjects' research lab or similar work environment
  • Five or more years of project management experience related to research in higher education, research organizations, or a related environment
  • Five years of supervisory experience
  • Experience recruiting for, collecting, and/or overseeing the collection of biospecimen samples in human subjects' research
  • Experience preparing human subjects' research applications for IRB review and maintaining compliance
  • Two years of experience in preparing and/or facilitating the collection of materials for an NIH (or similar) research grant proposal or annual progress report
  • Five years of professional experience in higher education research
  • Experience working on complex, federally funded, research projects
  • Experience with budget and financial management
  • Familiarity with university organizational structure and policies
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office, and other software programs including: Teams, Dropbox, OneDrive, SharePoint, Zoom, databases, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and Google Docs

    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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