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Research Assistant Institute of Ecology and Evolution – Open Pool

Work type: Faculty – Pro Tempore

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Research/Scientific, Biogeochemistry, Soil Science

Department: Institute of Ecology & Evolution

Rank: Research Assistant

Annual Basis: 12 Month

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Applications will be reviewed as needs arise. Please apply here:

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete applications must include a CV; cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications, your area of research expertise, and your earliest availability date; and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary

The Institute of Ecology & Evolution (IEE) at the University of Oregon is the home for research whose primary aim is to understand, explore, and extend the fundamental laws of nature. The IEE brings together the UO’s investigations in experimental and computational ecology and evolutionary biology and is complemented by a variety of inquiries into other foundational topics including biogeochemical cycles.

More information about the Institute may be found by visiting the website:

Position Summary

The Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Research Laboratory ( in IEE is seeking qualified applicants for its open research pool. Positions are limited-duration, funding-contingent research appointments that are full time, part-time or short term, contracts not to exceed one year. There is a possibility of renewal up to a total of three years, depending on program needs, funding, and performance. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Research assistants conduct research under the direction of Professor Lucas Silva (principal investigator), work closely with graduate students for the purpose of acquiring research training in areas of emphasis, and interact with undergraduate assistants, some of whom have their first research experience in IEE. RA positions in the SPA Lab are ideal for post-baccalaureate or Master’s graduates who want further research experience in a dynamic interdisciplinary lab that connects academic research with local industry and non-profit partners. 

The SPA Lab is particularly interested in applicants to fulfill a role of research assistant for multiple projects (primarily focused on soil carbon) as well as general support in the lab. This role will be laboratory-based with some fieldwork support during the summer, and the RA is expected to fully participate in day-to-day lab activities including regular lab meetings. Our ideal candidate will have laboratory experience and will be comfortable working independently with appropriate training.

This position is for an average of 20 to 30 hrs per week for 12 months, with extension possible. Positions for 30+ hrs/wk are eligible for health insurance and other benefits as provided by UO. Schedule is flexible based on seasonal needs. Due to the physical nature of the work, the RA will need to be based out of the Eugene area with the option of some work-from-home for computer analyses or other work that doesn’t require specialized equipment or in-person collaboration. The RA will begin as soon as possible.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum qualifications by rank:

• Research Assistant: bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in biogeochemistry, chemistry, ecosystem ecology, soil sciences, or related field;

Professional Competencies

Required qualifications

  • Conducting laboratory research, including chemical extractions of plants and soils, and interest in quantitative elemental analysis (e.g. spectrophotometry, X-ray fluorescence, and gas chromatography). 
  • Ability to work in coordination with a diverse group of early career interdisciplinary scientists. 

Preferred qualifications

  • Interest in conducting sporadic field and greenhouse experiments. 
  • Basic familiarity with statistical languages such as R or Python.
  • Basic familiarity with GIS software such as ArcPro or QGIS.
  • Interest in collaborative work with local industry and non-profit organizations.  

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

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