051203: Research Assistant/Associate

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Research Assistant/Associate - Archive
Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Posting: 051203
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-05-31

The purpose of this announcement is to identify highly motivated researchers from a variety of social and social science disciplines interested in joining the Institute for a Sustainable Environment to assist with or lead nationally-relevant natural resource, environmental, and sustainability research.  The Institute is the University of Oregon’s oldest sustainability-oriented research center at UO, and has an interdisciplinary faculty with interests in sustainable rural development, natural resource and environmental policy, green jobs, biodiversity conservation, land use and management, collaboration, conservation practices, ecological restoration, geography, green building design, renewable energy, health policy, climate change, and other related issues.  Additional information about the Institute for a Sustainable Environment can be found at http://sustainable.uoregon.edu/.

Position: The applicant pool will be used to identify highly motivated, high quality candidates interested in contributing to existing institute applied research and technical assistance projects.  Job duties will vary depending on the particular position and the available funding, and can include:

  • Research, assessment, and monitoring including all phases of literature reviews, data collection, data analyses (including quantitative, qualitative, spatial) and writing to prepare scientific papers, reports, and presentations for scholarly and lay audiences.
  • Implementation of public service and technical assistance projects,, such as organizing and/or facilitating meetings, making presentations.
  • Leadership and participation on research teams.
  • Writing and contributing to grant applications.
  • Communicating to the public and diverse stakeholder groups
  • Coordinating, editing and monitoring work of UO students.
  • Traveling locally/regionally/nationally as needed for data collection or conferences.


  • Two years of experience with some combination of natural resource policy and management, community-government relations, collaboration, climate change, sustainable rural development, forestry or ecology, land use or transportation policy, green building, health policy, or a related field.
  • Knowledge/experience with a variety of quantitative and qualitative social or natural science research methods, and a willingness and ability to learn new methods as needs arise.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and leadership capacity.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain overall program mission.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Research associates must have a Ph.D. and work independently and with less supervision than research assistants.
  • A research assistant must have a minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant field.


Positions are non-career, non-tenure track, and may be full or part time.  Positions will be for one year or less with the possibility for renewal for up to three years depending on performance, funding, and need.  There may be instances when need, funding and employee contribution result in an ongoing employment opportunity.  Starting salary range is from $30,000 - $70,000 DOE, based on a 1.0 FTE for 12 months.  Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and screening of applications will take place as needed.  Hires out of this pool may be subject to a criminal background check.

TO APPLY:  Please mail the following to Dorothy Bollman, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 5247 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-5247:

1.   Letter of interest that describes your interest in and qualifications to within the ISE
2.   Curriculum vita/resume
3.   Writing sample
4.   The names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references
5.   Application cover page: (http://ups.uoregon.edu/sites/ups.uoregon.edu/files/ups/EmplAppShort%20rev.pdf

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt for inclusion in the pool.  

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.