Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
Salary Range
$35,897 - $44,992, Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

This position involves research (using animal models) in programs studying the impact of nutrition on the development of obesity, specifically the impact of maternal programming on fetal development and the impact of obesity on COVID19-related outcomes. This person will be expected to grow to function independently, contribute to the generation of data for the purpose of publication, and must be able to interact and communicate effectively with ONPRC investigators/staff and collaborators. Day-to-day tasks may include:

  • Participate in the collection and analysis of blood and tissues from nonhuman primates (NHPs).
  • Participate in histological analysis utilizing NHP samples by performing immunohistochemistry assays and data analysis using ImageJ.
  • Assist with NHP cell isolations of adipose tissue and white blood cells, and perform subsequent cell culture assays.
  • Assist with sample cryopreservation and shipment to collaborators.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in any field, OR Associate's AND 3 years of relevant experience OR 4 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small group setting, and one-on-one with collaborators in a positive and productive manner, and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff and collaborators
  • Working knowledge (6 months relevant work experience) of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated independence and competence to perform data management and analysis of research finding, including use of spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs
  • Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff
  • Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties
  • High level of self-motivation and integrity
  • Work is performed in both laboratory and animal handling settings, which carry a potential risk of exposure to chemicals, biohazard materials, dry ice, and low-level radioactivity; and zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids
  • Ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 30 lbs.  and stand for several continuous hours and perform repetitive manual procedures, such as pipetting
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or Animal Science field
  • 1 year experience working with animals in a research setting, including physiological monitoring, in vivo and in vitro experiments, molecular biology, analysis of tissues and cell samples by real-time PCR, ELISA, and exposure to cell culture techniques
  • Experience maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies and equipment; training in the use of biohazard materials and experience in the maintaining of biohazard materials
  • Ability to conduct independent and collaborative research, with demonstrated experience in problem-solving
  • Ability to contribute to writing scientific papers and grant proposals


Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.

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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