Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2 (Laboratory Operations)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $35,900/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Overview: The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are comprised of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.


Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking and new perspectives. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.


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

As a Research Assistant 2 assisting Lab Operations, you will be part of a collaborative team focusing on general laboratory support to advance early cancer detection. Under general supervision, you will support CEDAR research by maintaining CEDAR laboratories, supplies, and assisting in research activities. You will use innovation and problem solving and may help to implement improved organization and laboratory workflow. You will have a detailed knowledge of all aspects of laboratory research, and you will be comfortable working both individually and in highly collaborative teams. You will possess good organizational and interpersonal skills.


Duties Include but are not limited to:


CEDAR laboratory research:

  • Always exemplifies and promotes CEDAR culture
  • Under general supervision, participates in and performs general laboratory techniques
  • Serve as primary support for overall lab function by maintaining equipment, aliquoting reagents, banking cell lines, and receiving supplies
  • Manage general supply inventory and ensure it is properly recorded and stored
  • Assist in the organization of laboratory work space
  • Provides stability and continuity of knowledge as people and projects change
  • Meets regularly with lab managers to identify potential synergies and reduce inefficiencies across the lab
  • Increased innovation and problem-solving ability required
  • CEDAR Biorepository backup
  • Additional duties as assigned
  • Protected time non-research-related CEDAR work, such as approved activities for team science, CEDAR Council, infrastructure, DEI, Engagement, Professional Development, etc.

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
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative processes quickly
  • Ability to analyze short- and long-term laboratory needs
  • Technical proficiency, scientific creativity, and independent thinking
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory safety and best practices
  • Experience handling chemical and biologically hazardous materials

Additional Details

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


Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they had an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU, you will need to be fully vaccinated (or obtain an approved exception) prior to starting work, and need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.


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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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