Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualification, experience and equity.
Primarily Monday - Friday, but require working evenings, weekends, holidays, and extended hours at times, as required by the scope of the position
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

The Research Assistant 2 will provide support for a non-human primate systems neuroscience laboratory with a focus on learning and decision making and how it relates to the activity of motivational neural circuits. The research assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator and laboratory manager. The technician will be expected to initially work under their direct supervision until properly trained, whereupon they will work under their general supervision and conduct daily behavioral testing of non-human primates and assist with animal husbandry. Position requires occasional weekend work. Prior experience with non-human primates is desirable but not required.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (4 yr) with major courses in field of research/No Experience OR AA (2 yr) and 3 years of relevant experience

  • Think strategically and work accordingly producing effective results and working efficiently within the time constraints of the position

  • Communicates effectively in both written and oral formats

  • Works independently and in small group settings

  • Interacts and works efficiently with a variety of diverse staff

  • Prioritize work demands and coordinate research protocols with veterinary staff and staff from other labs

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Work is performed in both laboratory and animal handling settings, which carry a potential risk of exposure to chemicals, biohazard materials, dry ice, and low-level radioactivity; and zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids

  • Working with non-human primates and BSL-2 reagents is required

  • Ability to transport animals and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (4 yr) in biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, or engineering

  • 1 year of experience working with animals in laboratory/field based research.

  • 1 year of experience working with non-human primates in the context of behavioral testing and training

  • Computer programming abilities

  • Prior experience developing and executing immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence protocols

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and 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.


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