Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Research Assistant

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $39,534/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus 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.

Function/Duties of Position

An exciting opportunity is available for a Senior Research Assistant who has experience with cell culture methods. Additional experience with flow cytometry and data analysis is highly desirable. You will join an established project team working on an innovative bone marrow model.


Duties include:

Laboratory research:

  • Cell culture experiments and maintenance of cells
  • Assist with media changes and drug administration during experiment
  • Prepare, run, and analyze flow cytometry samples
  • Always exemplifies and promotes CEDAR culture.
  • Independently participates in research execution of CEDAR program(s) and performs other general laboratory techniques
  • Provides stability and continuity of knowledge as people and projects change
  • Meets regularly with lab managers to identify potential synergies and reduce inefficiencies across projects
  • Increased innovation and problem solving ability required
  • Participate with some design of experiments or research studies and procedures to achieve project objectives

Data Analysis

  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research data analysis, programming, database development and management, research data visualization, and interpretation of a wide variety of research data, especially flow cytometry data.
  • Prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids to interpret and communicate data and results with a variety of programs, especially R, Excel.
  • Conducts data/statistical studies in support of research proposals and protocols. Maintains and develops research gathering, retrieval and reporting systems.

Laboratory Organization and Compliance

Lab Support

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in relevant field AND 1 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 operate scientific equipment and develop and troubleshoot experimental protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative processes quickly

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 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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