Oregon Health & Science University

Research Engineer 2 - 3

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
$70,096 - $116,700, commensurate with experience, education, and equity. (Starting pay $70,096 - $106,100)
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are comprised of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.  


Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking and new perspectives. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.


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

The primary job function for this Research Engineer position is to conduct research in the area of custom optical setup and microscopy at CEDAR. This includes (a) taking a primary role in developing, maintenance and troubleshooting of custom optical setups and imaging software; (b) maintenance and troubleshooting in ongoing microscopy instrumentation / technical development projects; (c) support team members on specialized imaging and data processing needs. We anticipate the candidate to have a master’s or PhD (preferred) degree in physical sciences with prior experience in optics, optical instrumentation, and data management and processing. Upon arrival, the person will be further trained on confocal and/or superresolution imaging (if needed).


Duties Include:

  • Preform original research using custom optical setups and imaging software. Independently manage essential elements of larger research projects. Organize, record, and communicate research results.
  • Preform maintenance and troubleshooting of existing microscopy system, custom optical setups and imaging software.Preform maintenance and troubleshooting of existing microscopy system, custom optical setups and imaging software.
  • Collaborate to support team members on imaging and data processing needs

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in relevant field AND 3 years of relevant experience OR Bachelor's Degree in relevant field AND 5 years of relevant experience
  • Those with Bachelor's in relevant field AND 3 years of relevant experience will be considered at the Research Engineer 2 level
  • Experience with optics and optical instrumentation
  • Experience with computer programming and data processing
  • Experience in a major scientific programming language such as Matlab, Python, and or C/C++
  • 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
  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Access, Word, and PowerPoint) on Window OS. Ability to accurately type 60wpm

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Biophysics, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields
  • Experience in operating and maintaining confocal fluorescence or superresolution microscopes

Additional Details

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


Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they had an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU, you will need to be fully vaccinated (or obtain an approved exception) prior to starting work, and need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.




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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