Oregon Health & Science University

Staff Scientist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $80,371/yr. Starting salary determined by education, experience, and internal equity.
Monday - Friday
Standard business hours, typically 8:30am - 5pm, with some flexibility and telework options
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Function/Duties of Position

An exciting opportunity is available for an experienced researcher to join the Medical Oncology Research Team as a Staff Scientist focusing on the intersection of Medical Oncology, Symptom Science, and Palliative Care. The individual will work alongside Symptom Science, Medical Oncology, and Palliative Care faculty and staff to develop major translational scientific project initiatives and aid in overseeing the implementation and execution of identified projects. The Symptom Science research programs are building a robust portfolio of industry, cooperative group, and investigator-initiated clinical trials that focus on improving the health and well-being of patients with cancer. Moreover, the Symptom Science group also effectively collaborates with research groups within and outside of OHSU to advance clinical research. This Scientist position will provide crucial oversight and collaborations to ensure delivering of key translational research studies.


This classification falls within the OHSU Scientist series under Staff Scientist.  This position will be actively engaged in the development of grant/funding proposals, Symptom Science projects, and technical reports, in conjunction with the Palliative Care section.


Staff Scientists at OHSU have deep expertise in the practice of science and team science. This Scientist will assume oversight of ancillary pilot projects, including project management, oversight of training staff and data collection, participant recruitment, and data analysis. Scientists might also assist with pending projects that focus on cancer addressing cancer and/or treatment symptoms. In addition, this Scientist will work directly with the PI to assist with data cleaning and analysis, write manuscripts and final reports, and create scientific presentations. This Scientist may also be asked to assist with miscellaneous activities related to closing projects, as needed.


Scientists may also have deep expertise in a particular field or area or may work as effective collaborators across multiple fields. Achieving this position requires that the candidate has demonstrated a substantial level of scholarly activity, including peer-reviewed publications, grant funding, patent awards, and/or other translational research activities. A record of collaborative research is as strong a position requirement as individual contribution. Scientists should have the potential to both lead and participate on team projects in the Symptom Science clinical research group.

Required Qualifications

Education and experience:


Doctoral degree in relevant field and 5 years of relevant post-doctoral work experience.


Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Proficient with computers specifically MS Office (which includes, Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint) and statistical analysis software
  • Knowledge of clinical research regulatory processes
  • 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
  • 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 processes quickly
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to operate complex scientific equipment and develop and troubleshoot complex experimental protocols
  • Ability to build productive cross functional collaborations both internally and externally.
  • Ability to analyze short- and long-term project needs
  • Ability to schedule, manage, and coordinate multiple projects and priorities simultaneously

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years in a research position, including at least one year of supervisory and/or project management experience
  • Expertise in clinical trial research
  • Background in cancer biology
  • Prior experience in hematology and oncology research
  • Prior translational research experience
  • Publication record

Additional Details

Please submit a cover letter articulating your research goals and interest in the position.


Note: All OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of a two-dose, or one dose of a single-dose, FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you apply for and are offered a position, you must be fully vaccinated prior to starting work. 


If the position you are offered does not require direct, in-person patient care contact, you may request an exception to the vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons. OHSU uses very narrow criteria under the law to allow an exception and very few requests are being approved. 


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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.

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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