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: $43,388.80/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.


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

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented Senior Research Assistant to support CEDAR’s Specimen and Data Repository by coordinating the transport, processing, storage, and distribution of biological samples and data. These samples and the associated data will be a resource for researchers within CEDAR to support the innovation of new early detection technologies.


In this role you will work closely with the Research Project Coordinator for the CEDAR Specimen and Data Repository, and you will lead the specimen processing lab.  This position requires clear and timely communication with researchers and clinic staff, transport of clinical samples, and the proper processing and storage of multiple sample types. This position also involves patient medical chart review, clinical data accessing, annotation, and querying using the laboratory information management system(s).


Required skills include – strong documentation skills and attention to detail, the ability to design, implement, and follow sample processing protocols with limited supervision to ensure that all samples are collected and stored in an appropriate and consistent manner with proper data input and safeguards.  This position is responsible for ensuring that all processing work in the repository is done properly.  Most samples will be collected and processed during regular business hours, but flexible scheduling is necessary since there may be instances where a sample arrives early or late and must be processed.  This position is also the main point of contact between CEDAR researchers and our repository.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in relevant field AND 1 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • 1 year experience processing human samples
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years laboratory research experience

Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.

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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.


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