Oregon Research Institute
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  • Eugene, OR, USA
  • $6381 - $8508
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefit Eligible at half-time or more

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Full Time
Located in Eugene, OR  

Closes: October 5, 2017

Purpose: The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will support in longitudinal analysis of developmental and prevention trial data. The data sets involve rich direct observation data of family and peer interactions as well as random assignment to a family-based intervention called the Family Check-up. Papers will focus on understanding relationship dynamics involved in the development of problem behavior (antisocial behavior, substance use) and emotional distress (anxiety, depression) in children and adolescents, as well as intervention effects.  The successful applicant will become part of a scientific team with expertise in MPLUS modeling, Family Check-up intervention, implementation science, and measurement. The position specifically involves data analysis, publishing scientific papers, grant writing, and mentoring of graduate students in data analysis and scientific writing.  Responsible for the integrity of the project's data, possibly including data processing, storage, manipulation, and analysis. Responsible for the accuracy of statistical analyses for the project. Design and implement sophisticated data preparation, processing, retrieval, and storage systems. Analyze data with advanced statistical methods, and interpret and provide written or oral summaries of data analysis. Present and assess alternative statistical methods with research scientists and other staff. Remain abreast of current directions in statistics and methodology. Collaborate with research scientists on advanced statistical analyses which are appropriate for the research data. Participate in ongoing decisions regarding design, data collection, data analysis, and methodology. Collaborate with research scientists to conceptualize statistical analysis and research design for grant proposal. May have responsibility for writing the experimental design and statistical analysis sections of papers or grant applications. Opportunities for authorship are available commensurate with interests and training.  Co-supervising of project staff. Ability to write methods section for peer-reviewed journals is preferable, and results sections highly desirable.  This position provides a bridge opportunity to becoming an independent research scientist in the area of family-centered prevention drug and alcohol abuse, psychopathology as well as health promotion.


Position Requirements

  1. Knowledge, skill, and ability: Ability to assume responsibility for the data processing and statistical analysis for social science research projects. Ability to perform with minimal direction. Must have thorough knowledge of the relevant statistical literature in the research area. Must possess excellent communication skills. Must be able to work flexible hours and to increase time on the project during critical phases.

  2. Experience and training: Experience with statistical analysis, database design, organization, implementation, and documentation, and the integration of data from various sources. Expertise with advanced longitudinal statistical models and procedures required (e.g., hierarchical models, structural equation models, resampling, data simulation, data imputation); graduate level course work in applied statistics and/or statistical computing required. Extensive knowledge of inferential and descriptive statistics required. Ability to evaluate alternative study designs (e.g., randomized and group-randomized control trials, multiple-baseline, longitudinal) in terms of sampling issues and power. Experience required in interpreting and reporting results of analysis and writing technical reports and manuscripts or publication. Thorough knowledge of statistical program packages such as SPSS, SAS, R, S-plus or equivalent for manipulation and analysis of research data. Experience with spreadsheets and relational database software required. Experience with Microsoft Windows. Experience in data processing and file management. Experience writing technical reports and manuscripts helpful.

  3. Personal traits and characteristics: Must be able to communicate effectively with others and comfortable working in a team atmosphere. Must be organized in approach to data analysis and reporting results and able to work well under pressure. Must be able to work independently, as well as under supervision. Must be willing to acquire new technical skills, accept responsibility, and to show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness. Must be willing to adhere to the principles of confidentiality governing research work and the ORI computer acceptable use policy. Must value working in a collaborative environment.

Salary:  $6,381- $ 8,508 /Mo.  (Depending on level of skill and experience)

Closes: October 5, 2017

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