Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Division of Oncological Sciences - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $61,318/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The primary mission of the Division of Oncological Sciences at OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute is to better understand cancer through basic, translational and population-based research that improves cancer prevention, detection and treatments for all. Our community of faculty, trainees and staff brings together scientists from a broad range of disciplines and works collaboratively to advance innovation and translate discoveries from the lab into meaningful impacts for cancer patients and our community.


An exciting opportunity has been created for an experienced researcher to join the Dr. Anupriya Agarwal  Laboratory at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute as an Senior Research Associate in Portland, OR to study the mechanisms of leukemia initiation and drug resistance using multi-omics approaches.


Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team — We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Function/Duties of Position

Dr. Agarwal and her team for over past 15 years focusing on identifying novel signaling pathways that are requisite for leukemia initiation, clonal evolution, and drug resistance.  This position will be a hybrid between wet lab and computational disciplines, with a dedicated mentorship in both areas. The new team member will help lead the project focused on understanding the mechanisms of leukemia initiation and drug resistance in a context dependent manner.  The project will use variety of advanced molecular biology techniques, CRISPR methods along with single cell transcriptomic, epigenetic, and genomic profiling in premalignant and malignant models using murine and human cells in vitro and in vivo. The candidate should also be able to perform complex data analysis, along with downstream analyses using computational approaches. Applicants will need to possess strong technical and organizational skills as well as the ability to manage an independent project.


A PhD and 1-2 years of post-graduate research experience in the relevant field. They are likely to have deep expertise in a singular area of focus but may also have worked as boundary spanners across multiple fields. Laboratory and/or computational experience in the field of molecular/cellular biology, cancer biology or a related field is preferred. Experience with sequencing library preparation, epigenetics, flow cytometry, or murine models of disease would be especially beneficial. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Achieving this position requires that the researcher have demonstrated a satisfactory track record of scholarly activity including high-quality peer-reviewed publications. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is capable and willing to make maximum use of excellent facilities and a productive environment.


The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is a pioneer in personalized cancer treatment and research, led by Dr. Brian Druker, whose development of Gleevec transformed Chronic Myeloid Leukemia from a fatal disease to a manageable one and proved that targeted therapies can work. The institute focuses on precision oncology, the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer, and creating a welcoming and supportive environment for its caregivers, researchers, and support personnel. Knight affiliates subscribe to three guiding principles: we are bold, we are supportive, and we work as a connected team in our fight to end cancer as we know it.  We’d love for you to join us!


Relevant publications for the position are below:

  1. Yang F, Long N, Anekpuritanang T, Bottomly D, Savage JC, Lee T, Solis-Ruiz J, Borate U, Wilmot B, Tognon C, Bock AM, Pollyea DA, Radhakrishnan S, Radhakrishnan S, Patel P, Collins RH, Tantravahi S, Deininger MW, Fan G, Druker B, Shinde U, Tyner JW, Press RD, McWeeney S, Agarwal A*. Identification and prioritization of myeloid malignancy germline variants in a large cohort of adult AML patients. Blood. 2022, 139(8): 1208-1221 PMC9211447, *Corresponding author. Prospective in ASH Clinical News, Selected for Podcast and Commentary in Blood 2022.
  2. Kurtz S, Eide CA, Kaempf A, Long N, Bottomly D, Nikolova O, Druker BJ, McWeeney SK, Tyner JW, Agarwal A. Associating Ex Vivo Drug Sensitivity with Differentiation Status Identifies Effective Drug Combinations for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Blood Advances 2022, 6(10): 3062-3067.
  3. Hosseini MH, Kurtz SE, Abdelhamed S, Mahmood S, Davare, MA, Kaempf A, Elferich J, McDermott JE, Liu T, Payne SH, Shinde U, Rodland KD, Mori M, Druker BJ, Singer JK, Agarwal A. Inhibition of interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase-1 is a therapeutic strategy for acute myeloid leukemia subtypes. Leukemia. 2018, 32(11):2374-87. PMC6558520
  4. Carey A, Edwards D, Eide C A, Newell L, Traer E, Medeiros B, Pollyea DA, Deininger MW, Collins R, Tyner J W, Druker B J, Bagby G C, McWeeney S, Agarwal A*. Identification of interleukin-1 by functional screening as a key mediator of cellular expansion and disease progression in acute myeloid leukemia. Cell Reports. 2017, 18(13):3204-18. PMC5437102
  5. Agarwal A, Bolosky BJ, Wilson DB, Eide CA, Olson SB, Fan G, Druker BJ. Differentiation of leukemic blasts is not completely blocked in acute myeloid leukemia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019, 116(49):24593-24599. PMC690050. * Co-corresponding Author- Highlighted in “In This Issue PNAS”.
  6. Bottomly D, Long N, Schultz AR, Kurtz SE, Tognon CE, Johnson K, Abel M, Agarwal A……. et al; Integrative Analysis of Drug Response and Clinical Outcome in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Cancer Cell 2022, in press (collaborative manuscript)

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in relevant field AND 1 year of relevant experience OR Master's Degree in relevant field AND 5 years of relevant experience OR Bachelor's Degree in relevant field AND 9 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Proficient with computers specifically MS Office (which includes, Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint) and statistical analysis software
  • Proficient with computers specifically MS Office (which includes, Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint) and statistical analysis software
  • Experience handling chemical and biologically hazardous materials
  • Knowledge of policy and regulations applicable to the laboratory, including but not limited to safety, animal and radiation
  • Technical proficiency, scientific creativity collaborative ability, and independent thinker
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with a high performing work group
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills:  both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative processed quickly
  • Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to operate complex scientific equipment and develop and troubleshoot complex experimental protocols

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters in computational biology
  • Experience in both wet and computational field

Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.


We offer a variety of benefits on top of joining a thriving organization:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage at no or low cost to employees
    • Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
  • Several retirement plans to choose from with contributions from OHSU
  • Up to 208 hours (equal to 25 full days) a year of paid time off
  • Commuter subsidies
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Access to group life insurance, disability insurance and other supplemental benefits
  • Annual Raises
  • Growth/Development Opportunities
  • Employee discounts to local and major businesses

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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.


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