Oregon Health & Science University

Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Chemical Physiology & Biochemistry
Salary Range
$47,903 - $59,909 DOE
M-F, some weekend
variable, typically 8am - 5pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Mansoor Lab studies the molecular structure and function of ion channels and receptors in the cardiovascular system to develop novel small molecules for the treatment of conditions such as hypertension, angina, and platelet aggregation. Typical techniques and experiments in the lab include, but are not limited to, molecular biology, tissue culture, electrophysiology experiments in both Xenopus oocytes and mammalian cells, and protein expression and purification preparations to get isolated receptor for structural studies, including both X-ray crystallography as well as single particle cryo electron microscopy. Applicants must have prior biochemistry and molecular biology experience and be comfortable with these types of experiments. Preference will be given to applicants with previous training in membrane protein biochemistry, X-ray crystallography and/or cryo electron microscopy.


The research associate who fills this position will be responsible for providing technical support for the lab, assistance in management of the lab, help training and supervising new lab personnel, be the lead contact on independent research projects, and assist in manuscript preparation and grant submissions. The Research Associate will be supervising the laboratory and all ongoing experiments when Dr. Mansoor is not available due to clinical duties.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Cover letter detailing interest in the position and specific qualifications

  2. Full curriculum vitae

Function/Duties of Position

  1. Plan, perform and run independent experiments and help supervise other projects running in the laboratory. 

    Run the lab’s operation in the absence of the PI, a minimum of one day per week when PI is in clinic, and as needed.

    Maintain the lab’s frozen cell lines and supervise all tissue culture in the lab.

    Maintain, organize, and distribute all the lab’s plasmids and constructs for all of the ongoing projects in the lab.

    Maintain the data of other users in the lab and ensure all data is backed up. Will be in charge of the lab servers/programs for data analysis. 

    Participate in the establishment and oversight of standardized protocols for training, equipment use and procedures, data collection and analysis methods.

    Manage and use computer software to input, manage and distribute data for future analysis.

    Maintain detailed lab records.

  2. Maintain laboratory compliance documentation for human, animal, biological and radiological work.  

    Be familiar with lab safety infrastructure and ensure compliance with all safety regulations.

    Interact with biosafety, chemical safety, and safety officers on behalf of the Principal Investigator.

  3. Generate data and research analysis for investigator's use in preparation of technical reports and publications.

    Assist the PI with manuscript preparation and grant applications.

    Present, or assist in the presentation of, research projects at retreats, seminars, conferences and other OHSU or public venues.

  4. Providing training to users on lab practices and protocols, including sample preparation and instrumentation use.

  5. Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook of all experiments performed. Participate in lab meeting.

  6. Training of lab personnel and supervision of Research Assistants, students and other lab members.

  7. Perform routine lab operations, including but not limited to the purchase of laboratory supplies, monitoring supplies and maintaining all laboratory equipment.

  8. This description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the incumbent will be required to assume additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in relevant field AND 3 years of relevant experience OR Bachelor's Degree in relevant field AND 5 years of relevant experience 

  • Prior experience with protein purification.

  • Prior experience with techniques in structural biology

  • Experimental design and interpretation of results

  • Basic molecular biological methods of DNA manipulation and analysis

  • Gene analysis techniques

  • Basic protein analysis techniques such as western blots, immunoprecipitation and immunostaining skills, mammalian cell culture

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Strong scientific curiosity, problem-solving skills and research integrity

  • High attention to detail and accuracy

  • Demonstrated success working independently and as a member of a collaborative team

  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats

  • Working knowledge of office computer applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in biochemistry or chemistry.

  • Experience in fields of membrane protein biochemistry.

  • Programming using Unix

  • Knowledge of membrane protein biochemistry.

Additional Details

Position is located at the OHSU Marquam Hill campus in Portland, Oregon.  The work schedule will be set by the supervising faculty, dictated by the needs of the research and planned experiments.  Working evenings, weekends and extended hours may be required depending on the needs of the research.  Work environment is in an open wet lab, in the presence of laboratory chemicals and automated equipment.


Employee will need to work at lab benches, desks and/or microscopes for up to 4 hours at a time. Ability to perform repetitive lab manipulations (gripping, grasping, reaching, twisting), move lab equipment up to 50 lbs with accommodation, perform image analysis operation and help others with equipment use. Personal protective equipment must be worn as required. (Gloves, mask/respirator, eyewear, lab coat, etc.) Willing to work with radioactive materials, recombinant viruses, and possibly small animals such as mice and rats.


Must be able to communicate orally and in writing the results of scientific experiments; must be able to use a standard computer and screen up to 4 hours per day.

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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