Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Research Assistant

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Division of Oncological Sciences - Knight Cancer Institute, Agarwal Lab
Salary Range
$39,534 - $54,500, commensurate with experience, education, and equity. (Starting pay $39,534 - $49,500)
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm, occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is a world leader in treating leukemia. Our director, Dr. Brian Druker, is an internationally recognized pioneer in precision cancer medicine. Dr. Druker played a central role in developing Gleevec, a daily pill for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) that has saved tens of thousands of lives. Now he is helping lead Beat AML, a major effort to find better treatments for acute myeloid leukemia.


Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team—We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Function/Duties of Position

One senior research assistant position is available for a motivated candidate to join the Zhang laboratory in the Division of Oncological Science within the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Division of Oncological Science is a collaborative and multidisciplinary division with a broad range of expertise and well established research programs in the following four disciplines: cancer system biology, medicinal medicine, cancer data science, and cancer population science.


This position will assist in research to characterize common chromosome and copy number deletions observed in leukemia patients. The overall goal of this project is to understand how one copy deletion of tumor suppressor genes predisposes to leukemia development and how could we use the leukemia specific vulnerabilities, including the haploinsufficient phenotype observed in patients with chromosome and copy number deletions to develop synthetic lethal therapeutics. 


The Zhang is highly invested in mentoring individuals in the group both scientifically and professionally and promoting personal growth at work. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or technology and 1 to 3 years of relevant experience
  • In vivo mouse experiment experience
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Ability to learn new experimental and analytical techniques
  • Must have a high sense of responsibility, analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Must be proficient with computers running Windows and PC applications e.g. MS Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Task-oriented and are flexible with different working schedules

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or Master's degree
  • More than 3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience of working with transgenic mouse model
  • R or other computational Data Analytics method

Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.



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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