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
$35,568 - $43,682, Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The ONPRC Integrated Pathology Core (IPC) provides high-quality, state-of-the-art conventional and advanced histology, research pathology, microscopy, and image analysis services and expertise to investigators and pathologists at the institutional, regional, and national level in support of research using NHP models in studies relevant to human health and disease. The IPC serves research programs in neuroscience, reproductive and developmental biology, cardiometabolic health, immunology, and infectious disease in nonhuman primate models as well as the histology needs of the Pathology Service Unit (PSU) in diagnostic support of the ONPRC NHP colony.

Function/Duties of Position

The Research Assistant 2 consults with research and pathology staff to perform requests that meet the specific aims of each project. Laboratory duties, including labeling and filing slides and cassettes, accessioning samples, data entry, preparing tissue blocks, routine H&E and special staining, coverslipping, making solutions, routine equipment maintenance, processing and embedding tissues from nonhuman primates and other laboratory animal species. The successful applicant will also be trained in immunohistochemistry (IHC), next generation in-situ hybridization (ISH) and advance tissue analysis for IHC and ISH. The position requires general knowledge of universal precautions and willingness to work with Biosafety Level-2 agents and potentially hazardous chemical agents.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in relevant field OR Associate's AND 3 years of relevant experience OR 4 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience

  • Manual dexterity, strength and fine motor skills to accurately perform pathology associated techniques

  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interact in a positive and productive manner and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff

  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail

  • Ability to communicate effectively in written, email and oral formats

  • Ability to work independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with collaborators and clients

  • Ability to prioritize work demands

  • Must think strategically and work efficiently to produce effective results within the time constrains of the position

  • Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 lbs.), use of fingers and both hands, cannot be colorblind, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors and reaching above shoulder

  • Work involves regular and returning risks and discomforts associated with working in a histology laboratory; e.g., working with hazardous chemicals and hazardous biological substances

  • Work involves regular and recurring exposure to infectious agents such as tuberculosis, macacine herpesvirus 1 (B virus), simian immunodeficiency virus, and other pathogens; handling and exposure to extremely sharp cutting instruments; and caustic, flammable, noxious, toxic and/or carcinogenic chemical reagents and solutions

  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with major courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, or related fields (or equivalent)

  • At least one-year laboratory experience

  • Direct experience and knowledge of histological techniques and procedures

  • Experience involving tissue identification, fixation, processing, slide preparation, routine slide staining and daily operations of a histology laboratory

  • HT or HTL Certification

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.

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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