Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Part-Time
Job Type
School of Nursing - Portland Campus
Salary Range
Posting Salary: $17.32-$25.98/hr, dependent on education and experience and in alignment with internal equity. Mid-career professionals should expect to be placed at or near the mid-point.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

This position will work on a project under the direction of Shirin Hiatt, MS, MPH, RN within the lab of Quin Denfeld, PhD, RN. This project is focused on identifying changes in symptoms after a heart failure hospitalization and how those symptoms track with biomarkers and physical frailty. Dr. Denfeld’s program of research largely focuses on the integration of biological and behavioral markers in heart failure to improve patient-reported outcomes for adults living with heart failure. There is also the possibility of working on other smaller projects within the Denfeld Lab.


This individual will work on a multi-year grant, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This individual will work closely with various research staff and assist with all aspects of the project as needed, including recruitment and enrollment, data collection, data entry, basic database management, and communication with participants, research staff, and clinical staff. The position requires strong skills in verbal and written communication, proven interpersonal and relationship building skills, strategic thinking, organization and time management, and problem-solving. This individual needs to be highly motivated and interested in being a key member of a research team studying the biological and physiological mechanisms of symptoms among adults with heart failure. Familiarity with data management and analysis is preferred. It is expected that this person will be able to work independently with general supervision. The position will be available for at least two years at a minimum of 0.8 FTE with the potential for an additional year.

Function/Duties of Position

1 (50% of duties) Data collection: frailty assessments and coordinating blood draws in hospital and clinic settings, administering surveys, medical record review

2 (20% of duties) Data entry and verification

3 (20% of duties) Recruitment and enrollment of study participants in hospitals

4 (10% of duties) Other support as need (e.g., literature search, meeting notes, IRB)

Required Qualifications

Education: 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


Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work independently and troubleshoot issues
  • Ability to work well with team members
  • Must have demonstrated record of reliable attendance, punctuality and proven successful performance in past and present work responsibilities
  • Proven ability to manage time effectively; ability to complete tasks in an accurate and timely manner
  • Proficiency working with computer software and applications, including but not limited to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, or their equivalents is essential
  • Must have strong organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Able to multitask and respond quickly to time sensitive tasks
  • Strong problem solving skills and creative thinking


- Code of conduct

- Respect in the workplace

- Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole


Preferred Qualifications


2-3 years of research experience.

At least 1 year of research experience working with human subjects.

Prior experience conducting research at OHSU.


Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies): 

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in an academic research setting, especially with quantitative methods of data collection
  • Experience working on scholarly products (e.g. manuscripts, presentations)
  • Experience working with online survey program such as REDCap 
  • Ability to make independent judgment in moderate to complex situations related to development, planning, and implementation decisions 
  • Previous data management/analysis and/or IRB experience

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses: Basic Life Support certification

Additional Details

Working Conditions: Work schedule primarily will be within the M-F work week. There may be some limited weekend time on occasion. Scheduled hours will be coordinated with the Supervisor. Primary work location will be in the School of Nursing workroom, but the RA will also work within OHSU/HMC hospital and clinics. There will be walking/driving travel time between locations. There will be minimal exposure during human blood draws and transporting blood samples.


Physical Demands & Equipment Usage: Computer work, standing and sitting while using a computer or talking with research team members. Ability to travel between OHSU/HMC buildings, including the OHSU and HMC hospital and South Waterfront. Ability to lift 25 lbs.



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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