Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Salary Range
$35,896.64 - $44,992.48 Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday, some weekend
variable, 8am - 5pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Become a member of a vibrant research team under the joint-direct supervision of Principal Investigators Drs. Melissa Wong, a stem cell biologist and cancer researcher in the OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, and Alison Skalet, an ocular surgeon and cancer researcher at the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU. Participate in ongoing efforts to understand tumor behavior and phenotypes at the molecular and cellular level. Participate in a collaborative research project between the two investigators that focuses on uveal melanoma and a novel population of circulating cells. We will work with murine cancer models, human clinical samples and collaborate with a host of specialized laboratories within the auspices of the Knight Cancer Institute and OHSU Basic Sciences.


Performance Results

  • Is action-oriented, makes sound decisions, and is accountable for results.
  • Has functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Seeks feedback from others and is receptive to talking about shortcomings.

Personal Effectiveness

  • Is direct and truthful.
  • Accepts constructive direction and acts to implement requests.
  • Adapts quickly to changes in work assignments and workflow.
  • Seeks new information and adapts behavior and work methods in response to changing conditions.

Inclusion, Collaboration and Teamwork

  • Acts as a team player and is cooperative.
  • Gains trust and support of peers.
  • Fosters open dialogue.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Work on research experiments relating to the Cell Fusion project as assigned by Drs. Melissa Wong and Alison Skalet. These studies will include a variety of technical approaches including: cell culture, cell imaging, immunohistochemistry, tissue scanning and evaluation, antibody validation.
    • Sample collection and processing. Interaction with clinical staff to facilitate identification and collection of samples. Possible consenting of patients onto IRB approved protocol.
    • Perform data analyses and entry and maintain data files on research projects utilizing various platforms (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, RedCap, caTissue, ClinPortal, and others).
    • Immunohistochemical analyses, cell culture.
  • General Lab and departmental space maintenance, including preparation of buffers and stocks, cleaning and organizing dishware, and racking and autoclaving tips/tubes. In addition, keeping the space clear and clean and participating with compliance-associated tasks.
  • Attendance at all laboratory research and division/department meetings from the Wong Laboratory. Weekly meetings with the PI team.

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.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time.
  • Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills:  both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems.
  • Must be proficient with computers running Windows and PC applications e.g. MS Excel, Oracle, Access, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Animal experience a plus.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.
  • A minimum of 2 years of basic science research experience.

Additional Details

Must be able to travel to all OHSU Laboratory Locations. The schedule will be full time, and may include evenings and weekends as needed for experiments.  The location will be primarily in the Wong laboratory and associated equipment rooms. Cell sorting and imaging will be conducted in core facilities. Exposure as part of this position may include toxic chemicals and drugs, human tissues and fluids, depending on the experiments performed.


Must be able to work in an environment with constant interruptions, work on a computer for 3-4 hours at a time, lift a minimum of 20 lbs, and be able to walk around the campus (i.e., up the tram to the Casey Eye Institute from the Knight Cancer Research Building). Ability to stand or to work at laboratory bench and sit for hours when needed for tissue culture or microscopy.

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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