Oregon Health & Science University

Clinical Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
$35,896 - $49,500, commensurate with experience, education, and equity. (Starting pay $35,896 - $45,000)
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable. Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) is a highly collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. 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 conduct 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 clinical trials are cutting edge and laser focus on the exciting and rapidly evolving area of cancer early detection.


CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism to build a successful organization by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together.

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 CEDAR Clinical Research Assistant 2 is responsible for contributing to the success and continuous improvement of our early detection clinical trials. This includes working with the regulatory management team to assist in the completion of regulatory documentation required by the OHSU IRB and sponsor, assisting in the verification of patient eligibility, development of data collection instruments and consent forms, data entry, assurance of conduct of protocol in accordance with applicable NCI and FDA guidelines, and maintenance of study patient records and source documentation. The study coordinator will have direct patient contact and process biological samples.

  1. Clinical Trial coordination
    1. Be knowledgeable about clinical research protocols and protocol requirements.
    2. Maintain inventory of supplies, reorder study kits and other supplies as needed. Ensure clinical research areas are stocked.
    3. Meet weekly with entire study team, communicate with team as appropriate to ensure efficient operations.
  1. Participant Coordination
    1. Review patient data to determine appropriate eligibility and deficiencies regarding enrollment into clinical trials.
    2. Screen, recruit and schedule patients.
    3. Greet study subjects and consent patients prior to procedures.
    4. Procure and process human biological specimens (to include blood, urine, etc) in adherence with protocol parameters and appropriate training. 
    5. Perform data entry and chart review/abstraction to verify that key data has been reported to the clinical research database or reported to the sponsor in the required format. Review follow up data clarifications or data queries and report within study timeline. Maintain and update subject data for study analysis and survival. Assist investigators with any special requests for data retrieval and/or evaluation and analysis of clinical data for ongoing research studies.
  2. Education- Participate in continuing education activities within the research program and other areas to maintain current knowledge of disease process, research regulatory requirements, and process improvements for clinical trials.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in relevant field OR Associate's AND 2 years of relevant experience OR 3 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Ability to become phlebotomy certified within first 6 months
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • 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
  • Excellent customer service, both on the phone and in person
  • Energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong trouble shooting skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some clinical trial knowledge and research experience
  • Experience with database systems
  • Experience with medical terminology
  • Experience in a medical environment

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 provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.


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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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