Oregon Health & Science University

Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Part-Time
Job Type
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Salary Range
$47,902.66 - $71,915.48/year, Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

At OHSU's Oregon Institute of Occupational Health, our mission is “improving the lives of workers though biomedical and occupational research”. The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program, housed within the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, is seeking a part-time (0.50 FTE, 20 hours per week) fatality investigator position at the rank of Research Associate.


The OR-FACE program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and has the mission of preventing occupational fatalities through surveillance, targeted investigation, and outreach. he OR-FACE fatality investigator will report to Dr. David Hurtado (OR-FACE Project Director) and work closely with the OR-FACE research coordinator (Ms. Jackie Boyd, MPH).

Function/Duties of Position

Primary job responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting 4-6 occupational fatality investigations annually, both independently and in collaboration with Oregon OSHA and other industry experts as needed. Publishing fatality investigation reports according to NIOSH standards.
  • Providing general occupational safety and health technical expertise for all aspects of the OR-FACE research program (see http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/outreach/or-face/)
  • Maintaining and developing research partnerships with trade associations and/or unions (e.g., Associated Oregon Loggers, Oregon Home Builders Association).

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree with major courses in relevant field and 3 years of relevant experience, OR Bachelor’s degree with major courses in field of research (or RN or allied health professional) and 5 years of relevant experience.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an occupational safety and health discipline is highly desired (e.g., industrial hygiene, industrial engineering, environmental and occupational public health). Certified Safety Professionals or Certified Industrial Hygienists are strongly encouraged to apply, but such certifications are not required. 
  • Two or more years of experience in occupational safety and health practice (private sector, insurance, or government).  
  •  Broad practical and technical understanding of occupational hazards and their elimination and control.
  •  Experience in one or more high-risk industries, such as construction, transportation, agriculture, health care, commercial fishing, or mining.
  • The job involves maintaining and developing relationships with governmental, insurance, business, and management/labor partners (e.g., Oregon OSHA, workers compensation insurers, medical examiner, police, NIOSH, trade associations, labor unions) and our research partner, the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority. 
  • Experience in injury or fatality investigation, including root cause analysis techniques.
  •  Ability to understand and compute descriptive statistics for occupational fatality counts and their characteristics, and calculate and understand fatality rates.  
  • Knowledge of, or prior experience using, OR-FACE or NIOSH FACE research and outreach products would be highly desirable, as well as active engagement with the regional occupational safety and health community, such as the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association or American Society of Safety Engineers, Oregon chapters.

Additional Details

Work will be conducted in the field, teleworking and on OHSU's campus (hybrid). 

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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