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Postdoctoral Scholar

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Job no: 528110
Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Prevention Science Institute
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
October 1, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. In your cover letter, please describe the nature of your training and your fit with our research at the PSI (see for information about our team and current grants). Open to Remote work opportunities.

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.

The University of Oregon and the Prevention Science Institute 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 Postdoctoral Scholar will work in Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith's Lab to support activities on the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse Statistics, Website, and Training (WWC-SWAT) contract. The WWC aims to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with transparent information about the evidence of effectiveness of educational programs, products, policies, and practices. The WWC reviews research evidence using the WWC Standards and Procedures and employs a web-based dissemination system to feature comprehensive, systematic, high-quality reviews of studies on the effectiveness of educational interventions (see All WWC evidence reviews are completed by certified WWC reviewers, so an essential function of the WWC is to provide certification training for WWC reviewers. The Postdoctoral Scholar will assist Dr. Tanner-Smith and multiple cross-site investigative teams to support the training and certification of WWC reviewers. Principal responsibilities include project coordination; updating and managing training systems for the WWC group design, single-case design, and regression discontinuity design evidence standards; participating in assessment of existing WWC Standards and Procedures; participating in project conferences calls and meetings; and working closely with Dr. Tanner-Smith and study investigators to achieve project goals.

For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan.

The position's responsibilities are guided by United Academics Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Minimum Requirements
  • PhD degree in education, psychology, behavioral science, or a closely related field.
  • Three years of experience conducting progressively complex statistical analyses in the field of education, psychology, behavioral, or social sciences.
  • Graduate level coursework or training in between-group group designs, single-case designs, and/or regression discontinuity designs.

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute positively to our diverse community and to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently, and supervise and monitor completion of specific project activities, with minimal supervision.
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills with proven ability to strategize, prioritize, and to meet goals and deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to manage projects with effective communication among collaborators to maintain schedules for work completion and execution of deliverables.
  • Strong computing and technical skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; including clear and concise communication skills.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Certified reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse
  • Experience teaching or delivering training/coaching in a professional environment
  • Experience with instructional design and training systems, practice, and techniques
  • Experience conducting systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses
  • Record of publications (including first-author manuscripts) in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with Mplus, R, SPSS, or Stata (or other similar platforms)
  • Experience working on large-scale research projects with off-site investigators

    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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