Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Molecular & Medical Genetics
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and equity.
Monday - Friday, with possible weekend hours
Typically 8:30am - 5:00pm, with occasional evening hours
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

A Research Assistant 2 position is available for adeno-associated virus (AAV) and gene therapy research in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics. The Lab's major research focus is to elucidate the AAV vector-animal host interactions using contemporary high throughput molecular biology technologies and to develop novel AAV vectors for broader applications of this vector system to treat various human diseases.


This position will provide an excellent opportunity to learn basic and advanced molecular biology techniques and theories behind them, and to gain valuable hands-on experience in biological and biomedical sciences.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Perform various molecular biology assays, including construction and preparation of plasmid DNA, production and purification of AAV vectors for animal studies, and extraction of DNA / RNA from animal tissues.
  • Assist in the daily operation of the lab including hazardous waste disposal, sterilization of equipment, cleaning glassware, general servicing, ordering of equipment and lab supplies, and preparation of media and buffers.
  • Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data.
  • Conduct literature searches and summarize information.
  • Document and interpret results of experiments and report to principal investigator.
  • Present experimental results at lab meetings and participate in departmental and group seminars.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree with major courses in field of research/No Experience, or Associate's Degree and 3 years of relevant experience
  • Ability to work autonomously and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to organize a large number of samples and perform high-throughput sample processing correctly and effectively
  • Ability to self-motivate and plan ahead
  • Demonstrable record of reliable attendance, punctuality and proven successful performance at past and present employers
  • Ability to work in an environment with potential exposure to radiation, human cells, and animal tissue. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn as required (gloves, masks, goggles, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters of Science Degree in the fields of Biology , Biotechnology or Biomedical Science
  • At least one year of research experience as a full-time research assistant in a molecular biology lab

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information of at least 2 references.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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