Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

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

The Healthy Oregon Project (HOP) funded by CEDAR and a Cancer Moonshot grant is a research study that is brings no cost genetic screening to the state of Oregon using a mobile app with the mission to save lives and to create a repository for early detection researchers.  HOP is looking for an individual that is interested in population health research and is inspired by cancer research to end cancer early.


This position requires a highly motivated and flexible individual that is able to assist in multiple project needs for the HOP. This position will assist the project manager in all HOP research and includes duties such as assisting as the point of contact for all HOP participants to answer any questions and assist with technical troubleshooting with the HOP app, liaison to the clinical laboratory that processes HOP samples to mitigate any sample issues as they occur, and to send out kits to interested participants.  Additional duties may also include: supply procurement, supply ordering, packaging, mailing, tracking sample kits, documenting and updating protocols, organizing supplies, organizing documents, reviewing documents, and couriering samples on campus.


Duties Include but are not limited to:


CEDAR laboratory research:

  • Project supply ordering
  • Participant Coordination
  • Runs kitting reports
  • Oversees clinical samples
  • Document review and organization

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
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with a high performing work group in problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative processes quickly
  • Ability to analyze short and long term project needs
  • Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills:  both written and verbal
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
  • Proficient with computers specifically MS Office (which includes, Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with OHSU research resources
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Proficiency in using mobile apps as a user
  • Previous research coordinator experience

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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