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Biosciences Career Development Specialist

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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Biosciences Career Development Specialist

Job no: 532879

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Administrative/Professional, Administrative/Office Support, Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants, Planning/Project Management

Department: Institute of Molecular Biology
Appointment Type and Duration: Funding Contingent (Faculty, Research OAs), Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band:
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

December 6, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide a CV/resume, a cover letter, and a list of three professional references with complete contact information.

Department Summary

The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) is a research institute that reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation. We have 18 labs and approximately 150 employees, including 45 graduate students who train in our labs. We have an administrative structure, which includes accounting, purchasing, personnel, PI support, building management, and three service centers. Our annual budget is about $9.5 million, primarily from federal research and training grants.

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to support the University of Oregon Bioscience Career Development Program and Graduate Training Programs in Molecular Biology. The successful applicant will be an integral member of the career development team and will (i) interact with graduate students and postdocs to help them explore and prepare for career opportunities in the biosciences, (ii) work with the IMB Head of Career Development to implement career development activities and to foster relationships with existing and potential external partners, and (iii) evaluate and improve the Career Development and Graduate Training Programs by collecting program data and working with faculty to design and assess program interventions. This position reports to the IMB Head of Career Development. Undergraduate student assistants may report to this position.

Essential functions of the position include:
  • Maintain the Program Website, including a calendar of events. Identify and post links to relevant job and internship opportunities.
  • Maintain a database of program alumni and clients, and mine the database as needed to support Program activities.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Career Development and a student committee on orchestration of the Career Exploration Seminar Series. Eventually, take full responsibility for this series.
  • Assist the Head of Career Development with workshops and other program activities, including the Careers in Bioscience Course, to ensure that students receive the support they need and that the activities run smoothly.
  • In conjunction with training grant directors and/or external program evaluators, collect information from graduate students, faculty, alumni, and other sources to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our Career Development and Graduate Training Programs. Work with a graduate program evaluation team to assess program data and design potential interventions.
  • Maintain records of program activities, and provide regular activity reports as requested by supervisor.
  • Perform other tasks as needed to foster the success of the Career Development and Graduate Training Programs.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a life science field.
  • Experience with basic office software, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills.

    Professional Competencies

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, reliable, and able to work independently with little oversight.
  • Creative thinking and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to take direction and to collaborate with people of all ages, genders, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to be flexible and comfortable working in a frequently changing environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a life science field.
  • Prior work experience in a related non-academic setting (such as private industry, non-profit, government).
  • Experience mentoring undergraduates or graduate students.
  • Experience with website maintenance, and building and mining databases.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    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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