Oregon Health & Science University

Research Nurse (Sr. Research Associate-RN)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Knight Cancer Institute, Clinical Research Management, Symptom Science
Salary Range
Range minimum: $89,793.60 per year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer.
Options for 32-40 hour work weeks (0.8 - 1.0 FTE). Hybrid work environment with part-time telework options. Some on-site work required.
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The mission of the Knight Clinical Research Management organization is to support the conduct of translational clinical research aimed at improving the lives of people and families with cancer by applying innovative strategies for cancer prevention, screening diagnosis and treatment. The support is provided through proactive, high quality and efficient study management in compliance with federal regulations and local policies and procedures. This fast-paced and highly intense research environment requires management of complex therapeutic interventional (TI) trials and clinical research studies involving a very vulnerable and sick population.


An exciting opportunity has been created for an experienced researcher to join the Medical Oncology Research Team as a Research Nurse focusing on the intersection of Medical Oncology, Symptom Science, and Palliative Care. The individual will work alongside Symptom Science medical oncology and palliative care faculty and staff on major translational scientific project initiatives and aid in overseeing the implementation and execution of identified projects. The Symptom Science research programs are building a robust portfolio of industry, cooperative group, and investigator-initiated clinical trials that focus on improving the health and well-being of patients with cancer. Moreover, the Symptom Science group also effectively collaborates with research groups within and outside of OHSU to advance clinical research. The Research Nurse position will work effectively and collaboratively to ensure the delivery of key translational research studies.

Function/Duties of Position

Summary of responsibilities:

The Research Nurse is responsible for the clinical research activities for cancer clinical research studies conducted at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Research Nurse works collaboratively with other staff and provides services, as assigned by the supervisor, in furtherance of the university’s mission and goals. The primary objectives of this position are to educate, recruit, screen, monitor and document the subjects’ responses to treatment. The Research Nurse provides monitoring and clinical expertise to ensure protocol adherence and accurate data collection. In addition to direct research responsibilities, the individual is this position is responsible for mentoring OHSU or affiliate site staff members, and identifying opportunities for and implementing process improvement.


Qualities of a successful candidate:

This position requires a highly experienced nurse, capable of working both independently and collaboratively with all levels of providers and non-medical research staff, adroitly balancing patient safety and research data advancement in the most ethical manner.

Required Qualifications

Education and experience: 

  • BSN AND 9 years of clinical experience (MSN will substitute 4 years of the required experience).
  • Experience must include at least 3 years working in oncology.
  • Basic Life Support certification.
  • Active RN license in the state of Oregon.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • 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
  • Proficiency with computers running Windows and PC applications e.g. MS Excel, Oracle, Access, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent customer service skills, both on the phone and in person
  • Energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research certification (SoCRA, ACRP)

Additional Details

Please be sure to submit a resume and cover letter with your application.


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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.


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