Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Salary Range
$35,896.64 - $40,444.56, commensurate with qualifications, experience and equity.
Monday - Friday, some weekend and evenings
Variable, 8:00am - 5:00pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Become a member of a vibrant research team under the direct supervision of Principal Investigator Dr. Melissa Wong, a stem cell biologist and cancer researcher in the OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology. Participate in ongoing efforts to understand tumor behavior at the molecular and cellular level. Participate in a collaborative research project between the two investigators that span a number of organ sites but focuses on a novel population of circulating cells. We will work with murine cancer models, human clinical samples and collaborate with a host of specialized laboratories within the auspices of the Knight Cancer Institute and OHSU Basic Sciences.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Work on research experiments relating to the Cell Fusion project or Stem Cell investigations as assigned by Dr. Melissa Wong. These studies will include a variety of technical approaches including: cell culture, live-cell imaging, FACS and characterization of cell phenotypes, as well as murine intestinal stem cell analyses in tissue or cell culture.
    • Sample collection and processing. Interaction with clinical staff to facilitate identification and collection of samples. Possible consenting of patients onto IRB approved protocol.
    • Perform data analyses and entry and maintain data files on research projects utilizing various platforms (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, RedCap, caTissue, ClinPortal, and others).
    • Mouse husbandry and experimentation.
    • Immunohistochemical analyses, cell culture.
  • General Lab maintenance, including preparation of buffers and stocks, cleaning and organizing dishware, and racking and autoclaving tips/tubes.
  • Attendance at all laboratory research and division/department meetings.

The schedule will be full time, including evenings and weekends as needed for experiments. Exposure as part of this position may include toxic chemicals and drugs, human tissues and fluids, and small animal work (mice) including tissue preparation, depending on the experiments performed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in any field, OR Associate's Degree and 3 years of relevant experience, OR 4 years of relevant experience, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills: both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Proficient with computers running Windows and PC applications (e.g. MS Excel, Oracle, Access, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
  • Minimum of 2 years of basic science research experience
  • Animal experience

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or 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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