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University of Oregon
  • Position Number: 4130434
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Position Type: Health - Public and Environmental Health

Research Compliance and Outreach Associate

Job no: 531669

Work type: Faculty - Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Operations/Infrastructure, Research/Scientific/Grants, Environmental Studies

Department: Safety and Risk Services
Rank: Research Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

June 5, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload your CV and a cover letter that describes how you meet the qualifications for this position.

Please note you will be asked to submit the names and contact information of three professional references as part of the application process.

Department Summary

Safety and Risk Services' (SRS) mission is to collaborate with all campus constituents (students, staff, faculty and visitors) and the surrounding community, to safeguard life and health and mitigate threats to the university's core mission of academic excellence, research, and public service. Safety and Risk Services comprises Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Environmental Health and Safety, Location Innovation Lab, Risk Management and the University of Oregon Police Department. SRS fulfills its mission by providing a variety of professional services, technical assistance, trainings, and regulatory oversight.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) promotes compliance and responsible behaviors as exemplified and required by health, safety, and environmental standards, codes, regulations, and university programs. The department provides educational, monitoring, problem-solving, and support service functions to the entire university community.

SRS is a unit within the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of functions including offering essential financial tools and support to the university's many departments, providing key resources to employees, and keeping campus safe, clean, accessible, and beautiful.

Position Summary

The EHS Research Compliance and Outreach Associate (RCOA) will be responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting independent work under general supervision of the EHS Research Safety team leadership. The purpose of the position is to identify, evaluate, and propagate existing and emerging methods for supporting safe and compliant operations within university teaching and research functions, and leased spaces used by university tenants for laboratory and pilot plant activities.

This position will research, analyze and build inventory, assessment, monitoring programs supporting current laboratory processes, management systems and infrastructure for proactive safety measures. Results, processes and outcomes will be shared with academic, administrative, research and EHS staff in both written and verbal formats. Implementation of any corrective actions by the Research Associate could include several methods such as instruction, outreach or initiation of repair/replacement addressing the potentially hazardous materials, processes or equipment. This position will also work with campus partners to design and advise the implementation of updated health & safety procedures within research protocols.

This position may publish research findings within professional journals and is expected to interact daily with university faculty, lab researchers, facility managers, campus support staff and Safety and Risk Services Staff. The scope of interactions of this position with external, local, national, or international contacts will include outreach and engagement to inform best practices and to explore available grant or other mechanisms for acquiring resources helpful to the safe and lawful conduct of instruction and research.

This position will act with a high level of independence and decision-making authority. Decisions will have impacts affecting the University. This position will have frequent meetings with and will report to the EHS Laboratory Safety Manager . This position will supervise student employees supporting EHS operations.

This unit may provide essential services during times of emergencies and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in a physical, health, or environmental science.

    Professional Competencies

  • Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
  • Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions.
  • Ability to build and lead successful and adaptable teams.
  • Ability to make independent decisions.
  • Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
  • Pay close attention to detail.
  • Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
  • Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
  • Model the highest ethical standards.
  • Provide superior customer service.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building and leading effective teams.
  • Experience leading effective teams in a higher education basic or applied research function.
  • Experience leading growth-oriented novel business operations.
  • Experience actively researching and applying means and methods of administration necessary for safe, compliant, and fiscally sound business operations.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    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

    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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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