Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Research Assistant

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Salary Range
$39,534.56 - $54,452.06/year, Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Schedule Varies
Hours Vary
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to serious viral disease threats, including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases and infectious diseases of the elderly. Our programs are intended to span the continuum between basic and clinical science, in which discoveries are rapidly advanced from the level of molecular and cellular biology through animal models and ultimately into clinical testing. The development of this unique program in immunology and virology provides an important training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at OHSU. This is why an important part of our mission is the training of young scientists in newer academic disciplines emerging at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.

Function/Duties of Position

We are a large nonhuman primate (NHP) research program at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) focused on the collaborative development of cytomegalovirus (CMV)-based vaccine vectors for prevention and treatment of infectious and neoplastic diseases of global importance, including (in rough order of emphasis) HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, Hepatitis B, influenza and prostate cancer.


 All staff are expected to carry out daily activities of the laboratory, including but not limited to: maintain detailed documentation of the experimental work (digital and physical records); ensure quality control of equipment, reagents and cellular material; work closely with lab members and with outside collaborators; perform and assist with experiments involving cell isolation, immunologic assays, microscopy, flow cytometry, and molecular biology; and maintain close communication with a supervisor regarding progress.  The position will involve handling and processing human and non-human primate samples that may contain infectious agents. Additional duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Under minimal supervision, sets up and performs various research procedures in support of research goals and grant commitments
  • May lead one or more phases of a research project
  • Performs work of moderate to complex difficulty
  • May contribute to the planning, design, manuscript writing, grant or regulatory documentations, modification of studies and experiments
  • With supervision, may interact with external research sponsors
  • May oversee and assist with the training of junior staff
  • Communicate with senior personnel regarding daily priorities (facilitate which assays take priority, if applicable)
  • Report equipment/supply needs or failures
  • Monitor morning and evening checklists (ensuring the checklists are complete each day, updating them as new tasks inevitably arise)
  • Streamline daily workflow (and receive suggestions for improvements)
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (4 yr.) with major courses in field of research and 1 year of relevant experience OR equivalent combination of training and experience


Experience: Flow cytometry analysis


Job Related Skills, Abilities and Knowledge: 

  • Must be comfortable using computers (Mac, PC)
  • Willingness to work with pathogens potentially dangerous to humans
  • Willingness to work in Biosafety Level 2 and 3 facilities
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability and willingness to work independently
  • Ability to carry and lift 35 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for three continuous hours a day
  • Ability to work on computer for five continuous hours a day
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education: Major college courses in biological sciences
  • Experience: Immunology background and training
  • Job Related Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:  Laboratory experience, especially in sample processing

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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