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Department Summary Within the College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology is one of the largest departments supporting significant instructional and research activities in a wide range of fields within the discipline. The Department enrolls about 1,900 students per term, with approximately 300 undergraduate Psychology majors, and 80 doctoral students.
The Department includes more than 30 teaching faculty, emeritus faculty, research staff, graduate students and professional/administrative staff. For more information on the Department, visit https://psychology.uoregon.edu/.
Position Summary The Prenatal Environment and Child Health (PEACH) Project is conducting studies on pregnant women and their children in the areas of diet, nutrition, stress, behavior, and development under the direction of Principal Investigators, Elinor Sullivan, Ph.D. and Jennifer Ablow, Ph.D. We have an opening for an energetic and highly motivated research assistant.
Project Description: Although the advertised position will be located at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, recruitment and collection of data for the PEACH study will take place at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. 300 participants will be recruited when expectant women are in their second trimester of pregnancy and followed until their offspring are 36 months old, with laboratory visits taking place at 22 and 37 weeks of gestation, and 6, 12, 24 and 36 months postpartum. In addition, biological samples (placenta, cord blood, microbiome) will be collected at birth. Throughout the study precise measurements of maternal body composition, nutrition, and markers of inflammation will be collected as well as measurements of psychological health and well-being. Postnatally, mothers and babies will visit the laboratory to assess offspring temperament, social processing, regulatory processes, cognitive processes (e.g., attention and executive control) and attachment. In addition, biological markers of stress will be obtained (e.g., RSA, cortisol, inflammation). In sum, the goals of the PEACH study are to 1) carefully characterize the associations among poor maternal nutrition, increased adiposity and psychosocial stress, 2) examine their effect on the inflammatory profile of the in utero environment, and 3) examine the subsequent influence on offspring behavioral regulation. Our hope is that our research will provide novel insight into the mechanisms and mediators of infant bioregulatory development and neuropsychiatric risk. In the process, our goal is to identify modifiable intervention targets to address three major public health epidemics identified as leading causes of disability and death (i.e., obesity, mental health, & neurodevelopmental disorders) by the World Health Organization.
Position Description: The incumbent will be an employee of the University of Oregon and based in Eugene, Oregon. For the first year of employment the incumbent will be employed at no less than .75 FTE, and no less than .50 FTE each additional year after. The incumbent will be heavily involved in overseeing the coding of all the post-partum behavioral data (with the exception of the Strange Situation), e.g., mother-infant interactions, temperament, still-face paradigm, etc., which will also include overseeing the supervision and training of undergraduate research assistants. In addition, the incumbent will oversee the entry and cleaning of the behavioral data. As such, this position will be responsible for the training, oversight, and scheduling of other staff members performing these duties. This position will assist with all administrative-related tasks for the project, including database management, data entry, data analysis, institute review board communication, protocol development, and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study. Depending on the incumbent’s interest, this position would allow the individual to become involved with all other aspects of the study, for example training on collection, dissection and assaying of biological samples, preparing and maintaining regulatory documentation, project progress reports, written reports, publications, abstracts, project and grant proposals, and presentations, conducting research of literature to develop or improve research techniques, presenting research material/findings to fellow researchers.
Additional expectations of the position: • The incumbent must be able to perform occasional weekend and evening work as needed to complete the goals of the study.
Minimum Requirements • Baccalaureate degree with major courses in Psychology or Biology or a related field. • Relevant behavioral coding experience.
Professional Competencies • Ability to communicate effectively, and professionally in both written and oral formats. Ability to work both independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with collaborators in a positive and productive manner, and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff and collaborators. • Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff. Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties. Project management and quality control skills. Organizational and time management skills sufficient to prioritize work demands, and to coordinate and document research and work protocols with other staff. • High level of self-motivation and integrity. • Ability to develop and troubleshoot laboratory protocols. • Excellent organizational skills and careful attention to details. • Basic computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.• Competency and comfort directly communicating with recruitment site and hospital staff. • Competency and comfort supervising research assistants • Competency working with colleagues who are diverse in age and background
Preferred Qualifications • Demonstrated independence and competence to perform data management and analysis of research finding, including use of data management programs, such as RedCap spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs is highly desired. The incumbent will be expected to learn these programs quickly if they do not have previous experience.
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