Oregon Health & Science University

Molecular Technologist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Knight Cancer Institute, Knight Diagnostic Laboratories
Salary Range
$31.87 - $43.76 per hour
Monday - Friday, occasional nights and weekends
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is a pioneer in personalized cancer treatment and research, led by Dr. Brian Druker, whose development of Gleevec transformed Chronic Myeloid Leukemia from a fatal disease to a manageable one and proved that targeted therapies can work. The institute focuses on precision oncology, the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer, and creating a welcoming and supportive environment for its caregivers, researchers, and support personnel. Knight affiliates subscribe to three guiding principles: we are bold, we are supportive, and we work as a connected team in our fight to end cancer as we know it.  We’d love for you to join us!

The Molecular Technologist performs high complexity genomic testing, including all phases of Next Generation Sequencing and data analysis. This position requires a strong background in molecular biology principles and processes, knowledge of laboratory and molecular biology-specific terminology, equipment, materials, techniques, and safety. Additional requirements include the ability to perform routine clinical throughput and troubleshoot procedures, and to follow written and oral instructions accurately. This position will enable the laboratory to provide high quality testing services that support the overall patient care mission of the Knight Cancer Institute and OHSU Hospitals and Clinics.

Function/Duties of Position

1. 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

2. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) library preparation using amplicon and hybridization methods.  NGS sequencing on Illumina platforms, primarily NextSeq and MiSeq instruments. Analysis of NGS sequencing data.

3. Submits laboratory data to the director and to the lab information system for use in preparation of patient reports.  Maintains appropriate records.  Performs additional assignments as deemed necessary by the director, supervisor, or laboratory section coordinator.

4. Participates in research and development of new laboratory methods.

Required Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science AND completion of a training program or one year of experience performing molecular techniques;

  • OR An equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Required Competencies:

  • 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

  • Working knowledge of Oracle

  • Must have demonstrated excellent customer service skills both on the phone and in person

  • Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships

Preferred Qualifications

  • MT or MLS certification preferred

  • Next Generation Sequencing wet bench and data analysis

Additional Details

Please submit a resume and cover letter for your application to be considered.

Please note: As of Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of a two-dose, or one dose of a single-dose, FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you apply for and are offered a position, you must be fully vaccinated prior to starting work.

If the position you are offered does not require direct, in-person patient care contact, you may request an exception to the vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons. OHSU uses very narrow criteria under the law to allow an exception and very few requests are being approved.

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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