Oregon Health & Science University

Student Worker

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Part-Time
Job Type
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Salary Range
$15.00 - $20.00/hour; Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday
Primarily during regular business hours
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) is aligned with the American Public Health Association in declaring racism a public health crisis, and our School is committed to becoming an antiracist SPH. We are working to center social justice in our internal and external work as a school and are committed to addressing structural and institutional racism, and to holding ourselves accountable to this work. 


Oregon Health & Science University has an outstanding opportunity for a motivated, well-organized contributor with excellent communication skills to serve as a student worker for a project led by Dr. Jae Downing (OHSU-PSU School of Public Health), Amy Penkin, LCSW (Transgender Health Program), and Dr. Geolani Dy (Department of Urology; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery), to help investigate strategies for supporting transgender and non-binary individuals seeking gender-affirming care. Amy Penkin (she/her), LCSW is Clinical Manager of the Transgender Health Program with extensive experience in gender-affirming care delivery and peer support; Dr. Downing (they/them) is a health services researcher with expertise in transgender health; and Dr. Dy (she/her) is a gender-affirming surgeon and patient-centered outcomes researcher.


The student worker will be a vital member of a multidisciplinary team. Your role will be assisting with both quantitative and qualitative research projects, patient research engagement & community liaison support. Individuals of trans experience and those from other under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Function/Duties of Position

Job duties of this position may include:

Peer support coordination (40%)

  • Sets up schedule for peer support groups for individuals seeking vaginoplasty or vulvoplasty
  • Participate in community engagement processes, gathering and summarizing input from TGNB community members to refine peer support curriculum content and structure
  • Serve as a liaison between peer supporters, participants, and project team
  • Track hours and compensation of peer supporters
  • Track survey completion of patient participants

Human subject research support (40%)

  • Assist with screening and enrollment of patients for study, including tracking of patients for questionnaire completion, and outreach for non-responders
  • Use Qualtrics or RedCap to create peer supporter and participant surveys
  • Oversee data collection and entry
  • Maintain secure patient database/medical chart abstraction from data available in medical records

Other research-related administrative duties as needed (20%)

  • Support project team with meeting logistics, note-taking, meeting planning, maintaining records of communications
  • Administer research incentives
  • Assistance with grant proposal and report preparation

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in or on vacation from or is otherwise registered in a Graduate Program (minimum 4.5 credit hours)
  • Intermediate or higher-level skills of MS Office suite
  • Ability to use Qualtrics or equivalent for surveys
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Independent time management skills, including ability to prioritize workload
  • Excellent ability to work in teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior professional or community experience in transgender health & healthcare, health disparities/social determinants of health with self-motivation for independent learning in anti-racism praxis and gender inclusivity
  • Experience with data and project management
  • Experience with interacting or managing relationships with a variety of stakeholders and roles
  • Experience in transgender health research
  • Experience in research related to peer support

Additional Details

  • This is a hybrid position, with a combination of in person and remote work.
  • Must have the ability to use a computer and a phone during the workday. 

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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