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Pro Tem Research Assist/Assoc - Center for Translational Neuroscience - Open Pool

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 31, 2023

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Pro Tem Research Assist/Assoc - Center for Translational Neuroscience - Open Pool

Job no: 528936

Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Psychology

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

Review of Applications Begins

Immediately; applications will be reviewed as needs arise

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload a resume and cover letter. Indicate in your cover letter whether you would like to be considered for part-time positions, full-time positions, or both.

Please note, as part of the application process, you will be asked to indicate whether you are interested in the rank of research assistant, research associate, or either rank. You will also be asked to provide the names and contact information for three professional references.

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

The Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) at the University of Oregon is seeking qualified applicants for its open research pool. Positions are limited duration appointments potentially renewable for up to a total of three years. In limited circumstances, there is the possibility of renewal beyond three years based on programmatic need, funding, and performance. Appointments may be as research assistants, conducting research under the direction of a principal investigator, or as a research associate, conducting research with only general guidance.

Research assistant/associate opportunities frequently arise in the CTN. These positions are primarily funded by federal grants with research aims related to translating knowledge from basic neuroscience and applying it to improve well-being, promote resilience, and mitigate the effects of early adverse experiences. Candidates with professional or academic interests in any of these areas are encouraged to apply; applicants will be screened as needs arise. Successful candidates will have professional experience and a commitment to working effectively with research participants and staff from diverse backgrounds. Bilingual candidates of all language backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Examples of the types of positions that arise include:

Interviewer/Assessors who work with adults, families, and children to gather complete and accurate data through standardized personal interviews, questionnaires, standardized tests, semi-structured interviews, fMRI scanning, parent-child interaction tasks, child and adult diagnostic interviews and video recorded observations;

Microsocial video editors who watch video of caregiver-child interactions and create edited films using basic video editing software for use in caregiver interventions;

Interventionists who implement video feedback caregiving program in home or other community-based settings;

Research assistants who support lab activities in a variety of ways, including: recruiting, scheduling, and communicating with research participants, entering and cleaning research data, providing logistics and technology to research and implementation teams;

Data Managers who oversee the tracking, cleaning, formatting and compiling of computerized datasets; and

Recruiters who develop and execute a recruitment strategy for identifying families who might be eligible for participation in clinical translational research, maintain project databases with family contact information, and coordinate recruitment and retention mailings and other strategies.

Due to the broad nature of the available research positions, please indicate if you have experience with any of the following: standardized assessments, standardized surveys & interviews, behavioral coding, working with families and children, working with high-risk families, working with foster families, working with children with special needs, experience with home interviews, recruitment and retention of research participant pools; utilizing search techniques to locate lost families for longitudinal studies; and experience collecting neurobiological measures (i.e., RSA & PEP, high density EEG/ERP, blood draws, fMRI).

Minimum Requirements

  • Degree in related field. Research Assistant positions require BS/BA. Research Associate positions require a PhD by start of position, with directly relevant research experience for Research Associate status.
  • Experience in the field of research.

    Professional Competencies

  • Skill in troubleshooting difficult or persistent recruitment issues independently, with assistance from Principal Investigator and Investigative team as needed
  • Skill in liaising with collaborating staff outside the University

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with standardized assessments
  • Experience with standardized surveys & interviews
  • Experience with behavioral coding
  • Experience working with children and families
  • Experience working with high-risk families
  • Experience working with foster families
  • Experience working with the department of Human Services and/or Child Welfare system
  • Experience working with children with special needs
  • Experience with home interviews
  • Experience with recruitment and retention of participants
  • Experience maintaining database of participant contacts
  • Experience collecting neurobiological measures (i.e., cortisol genetic data, RSA & PEP, high density EEG/ERP, blood draws, fMRI, etc.)

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    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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