Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Research Assistant

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
Salary Range
$19.04 - $28.57
Routinely Monday through Friday, evening and weekend work as required by scope of the position. Schedule subject to change with needs of the lab and is eligible for overtime.
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

This individual will be responsible for specific sections of ongoing and newly funded projects using non-human primates in the study of the immune system, immunodeficiencies, infectious diseases, and specific pathogen free non-human primate projects supported by infectious disease research laboratories and the Pathobiology and Immunology Division at ONPRC. They may have responsibility for overseeing labs or research units, collecting and processing animal tissues, training and supervising of research assistants (1 and 2), and preparation of written reports and, as applicable, regulatory documentation. They may assist with necropsies and sample collection and processing of terminal tissue samples. They may provide technical and administrative support for principle investigative staff and the pathologists of the Experimental Pathology Unit to ensure terminal endpoints are coordinated and performed efficiently. Coordinate with the veterinary, animal care, surgical, and principle investigative staff to facilitate project expectations, schedules, and progress, and in some cases to facilitate social environmental enrichment of non-human primates. They will also be responsible for various general lab support duties, including maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, autoclaving, and disposal of waste.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in relevant field AND 1 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Has a minimum of 1 year of laboratory experience in molecular/cellular biology, animal, and/or invivo research
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including use and meaning of scientific terminology, in both written and oral formats
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small group setting
  • Working knowledge (6 months relevant work experience) of Microsoft Excel, Word 
  • Demonstrated independence and competence to perform data management and analysis of research finding, including use of spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs
  • Ability to interact in a positive and productive manner, and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff 
  • Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff
  • Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties requiring procedural steps to be consistent and completed fully and timely
  • Detailed record keeping, cataloging of samples, data entry and statistical analysis, laboratory maintenance, autoclaving and use of sterile techniques

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal sciences, immunology or pathology
  • Preferred current Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) license
  • 2 years laboratory work experience performing immunoassays and cell separation techniques
  • Experience in managing labs or research units, training and supervising of students and RA’s
  • Experience assisting with necropsy in non-human primates
  • Experience administering drugs and medication to non-human primates
  • Maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Experience with geriatic or immune compromised and ABSL3 with non-human primates

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references. 

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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