Oregon Health & Science University

Research Project Coordinator, Entry

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Salary Range
$43,536 - $65,367 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

The primary purpose of this position will be to work with the project team in the Picker lab and the VGTI community to coordinate/assist daily lab operations to satisfy business and scientific objectives. Responsibilities include communicating with the Picker lab project teams, collecting information for any new and future project for ordering any necessary lab supplies, following current projects’ progress and participates planning for future project under the direction of the PI and the project coordinators. And assists providing information to the project leaders for the manusript preparations.


This person will coordinate all of VGTI collaborations to support and maintain multiple research projects. This includes high-level communication skills required to effectively convey important information daily among the stakeholders. This person will assist organizing experimental schedules, contribute and develop a database system, and quality improvement of better workflow performance. 


In addition, help with the inventory control, tracking orders, accessioning and distributing received materials, maintaining an inventory database, testing and tittering reagents, and formulating and aliquoting reagents. This involves some hands-on laboratory work. Expected to be an entry level position to develop a strong foundation for research project coordination and management.


The Picker Lab is a vaccine-development immunology research group, and works with both human and Rhesus monkey samples, often containing dangerous pathogens, and so the position involves handling biohazardous materials.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors in relevant field AND 1 year relevant experience OR
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Familiarity with Excel, and some experience with databases 
  • 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

  • Beginners level Project management courses be useful

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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