Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Clinical Research Assistant

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Salary Range
$43,536.00 - $65,367.00/year; 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. 


Waddell Research Group Overview


The Waddell Research Group works on projects at the intersection of public health and public safety. The values of the School of Public Health guide our community-engaged education, research, scholarly, and service activities. The SPH believes in:

  • Inclusion: promoting diversity, equity, and cultural humility in our institutions and communities
  • Innovation: uniting the strengths of our two institutions through creative education, research, and sustained community engagement
  • Integration: connecting perspectives, strategies, and methods across institutions, disciplines, and communities
  • Integrity: practicing ethical principles, transparency, and empathy
  • Impact: advancing health, justice, and social equity in our city, state, and the world

Located in the brand new Vanport Building on the Portland State University Campus, the Waddell Research Group specializes in evaluations of policy changes and interventions serving populations with complex needs. We are affiliated with the OHSU School of Medicine’s Addiction Medicine Section and collaborate with national leaders in addiction research through the Western States Node (WSN) of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network housed at OHSU and Stanford University. Nationally, we lead Oregon’s participation in the NIDA Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN).


Locally, we support multiple state- and federally-funded initiatives to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. Partners have included Comagine Health, CODA, OSU College of Pharmacy, Clackamas County Jail and Community Corrections, Washington County Jail, the Oregon Department of Corrections, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Oregon Health Authority, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

Function/Duties of Position

The Waddell Research Group at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) is seeking a Senior Clinical Research Assistant  for the Oregon site of the NIH HEAL/NIDA funded clinical trial Long-acting buprenorphine vs. naltrexone opioid treatments in CJS-involved adults (Exit CJS) study (1U01DA047982-01, MPI: Waddell). In Oregon, the project is being implemented in the Clackamas County Jail and the Clackamas County Health Centers. This is an in-person position, and carries similar risks as those assumed by corrections medical staff and community health center staff. Appropriate PPE are provided to all study staff and project participants. The primary job location will be split between Oregon City and Portland, with limited opportunity for remote work.


The Senior Clinical Research Assistant will receive supervision from the Research Manager and Director of Protocol Implementation and will schedule and conduct data collection visits and will follow the protocol and local Standard Operating Procedures. As needed, this person in this role will exercise judgment to inform senior staff of required modifications to SOP and implement modifications as required. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. collecting all data required by the protocol;
  2. entering data into the protocol database;
  3. maintaining contact with participants; and
  4. scheduling and conducting post-release follow-up research visits and other duties as needed.

Under minimal supervision, the Senior Clinical Research Assistant will attend all protocol meetings and will serve as the main liaison between the jail, health centers and the local research management team located at OHSU.  In addition, this position will complete general project activities as needed under the direction of the Director of Protocol Implementation and Principal Investigator. Other duties may include similar support of related research and evaluation projects within Clackamas County Community Corrections, Jail and Health Centers.


Under minimal supervision, as needed the Senior Clinical Research Assistant will collaborate with jail health services staff to manage participant flow from housing areas to health services for study appointments and collaborate with community corrections and county health services staff to manage participant flow post release.

Travel to national meetings to represent the project will be encouraged, as funding permits.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field AND 1 year of relevant experience OR Associate's AND 3 years of relevant experience OR 4 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Previous work collecting research data on human subjects’ protocol(s)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to collaborate productively with colleagues from diverse socioeconomic and political backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience with research data Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work with community partners and other stakeholders in research projects
  • Clinical or research experience working with justice involved populations as patients/clients or research participants  
  •  Understanding of human subjects’ protections.
  • CITI human subjects certification

Additional Details

  • Office/telework five days per week; travel within the Portland Metro Area and national meetings; ability to work at a desk and on computer for up to 8 hours a day
  • Ability to travel to different locals for research appointments
  • The Senior Clinical Research Assistant  must be able to pass a background check to work unescorted in county jail health services and access secure databases, and be comfortable working within a locked facility. 
  • A valid Oregon Driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is also required for this position

Please upload your CV/resume and a cover letter to be considered for this position.

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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