Graduate Employee

Contact Information
Deb Mailander
Labor Education and Research Center
1675 Agate Street
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00am
Labor Education and Research Center
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The Labor Education and Research Center provides education, research, and technical assistance to The University and to labor and community organizations on topics related to labor, employment, and improving the lives of working Oregonians. The Graduate Employee (GE) provides research support for faculty projects and to a lesser degree program support for educational conferences and trainings. Typically the GE shares their time between two or more projects, often working with multiple faculty members. GEs will gain an understanding of labor economics, policies that impact workers, and public employment trends. Some weekend and evening work may be required. Specific projects are likely to focus on both 1) national and state-level legislative and policy proposals that affect workers or working families and 2) economic equity in Oregon. Assignments may include identifying, analyzing and summarizing demographic and other publicly available data sets; research and reviews of legislative history; conducting secondary research; and assisting with design and implementation of focus groups, interviews, and surveys. Additional assignments could include information gathering, materials preparation, and assistance with conferences and on-site program details.

Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Strong qualitative and quantitative social science research, statistical analysis, general understanding of political and legislative processes, and writing skills desirable. Strong English language and verbal communication skills are needed for phone communications and surveys. Excellent writings skills and proficiency with Excel (including formulas and data manipulation) are also needed. Position requires ability to simultaneously manage multiple assignments on a variety of projects. It is preferred that the GE has a demonstrated interest in, and experience working on, issues related to economic inequality, low wage economy, labor and social organizing movements, workplace rights, or related subjects.

Application Procedure: 

Review of applications will begin April 11, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit these three parts of the application: 1. A cover letter addressed to Professor Bob Bussel expressing your interest. 2. Either a current resume and names and contact information for three references Or the graduate application form: ( 3. A brief writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages) from recent research as part of the application. This writing sample can be an excerpt from a longer paper and should demonstrate your analytical and writing skills. Complete applications should be hand delivered or emailed to LERC’s Program Manager, Deb Mailander, at Questions may also be addressed to Deb Mailander via email or call (541)346-2895. Please visit our website for more information on LERC. The University of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Our General Duties and Responsibilities Statement (GDRS), which includes our general appointment/reappointment process and criteria, is available online.

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