Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Salary Range
$39,332.80 - $59,009.60 Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday, some weekend
variable, typically 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

A full time position is available in a Cell Biology lab to study the molecular basis of the human disease, hereditary hemochromatosis.


The Research Assistant 2 provides a full range of support, with minimal supervision, in a research laboratory. Must be able to prioritize a variety of projects, able to work effectively with the principal investigator, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and able to independently solve problems. 


Position requires that personnel perform animal procedures including breeding mice, injections, health checks, oral gavage, surgery, tissue harvest, and tissue preparation following necropsy and experience in histology. The candidate should have a scientific background in cell biology, experience and general knowledge in all aspects of tissue culture, qRT-PCR, SDS-gel electrophoresis, site-directed mutagenesis and some protein chemistry.  Candidate will also be expected to perform general laboratory duties.

Function/Duties of Position

  • perform bench top cell biology (tissue culture, run gels, do westerns)
  • perform breeding and maintenance of mouse colonies
  • perform histological staining of tissues and in situ hybridization
  • participate in lab meetings, and contribute to publications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in relevant field OR 
  • Associate's AND 3 years of relevant experience OR 
  • 4 years of relevant experience OR 
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in cell, molecular, or developmental biology
  • 2 years relevant research
  • Experience in animal handling
  • willingness to learn histology
  • Competency in maintaining animal colonies

Additional Details

Work is generally 40 hours per week during normal working hours, however, some evening and weekend work will be necessary on occasion. Additional safety training will be required to work with cell lines/ infectious bacteria or viruses/ working with in a BSL-2 environment. Working with laboratory animals is required.


Personnel 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, pulling), move lab equipment under 25 lbs with accommodation, perform image analysis operation and help others with equipment use. Personal protective equipment must be worn as required. (Gloves, mask/respirator if required, eyewear, lab coat, dosimeter, etc).

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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