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Research Assistant/Associate - Archive
Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Posting: 140804
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2015-08-31

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, 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.

  • A research assistant should have a minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant field. Significant professional experience may substitute for a master’s degree for highly qualified individuals.

  • Research associates must have a Ph.D. and work independently and with less supervision than research assistants.


Positions as 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.  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 email your application to Dorothy Bollman at dbollman@uoregon.edu.  Include all of the items in a single PDF file in the order listed below.

  1. Application cover page:  http://ups.uoregon.edu/content/forms.  Select unclassified application (short form).

  2. Cover letter that describes both your interest and qualifications.

  3. Curriculum vita or resume.

  4. The names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

  5. Writing sample.

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 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.