Oregon Health & Science University

Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Knight Cancer Institute, HemOnc CHM
Salary Range
$46,633 - $69,929 Commensurate with education, experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5 pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. 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, and to have a positive impact on the state of Oregon.

Our Commitment to Diversity: We are 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.

Function/Duties of Position

As a Research Associate, you will be part of a collaborative group working on leukemias and blood cancers. Dr. Traer’s lab works within the hematologic malignancies group at OHSU with Dr. Brian Druker, Dr. Tyner, and others. You will be responsible for working with Dr. Traer’s lab, performing experiments, cell culture, and ordering/organizing lab supplies and helping to run the lab while Dr. Traer is in the clinic. There are experienced lab members to in the leukemia research community, providing a supportive and helpful environment to do science in and expand your horizons. You are encouraged to expand your education with seminars, lab meetings, etc. as time allows.

Experience with cell culture and basic molecular biology techniques is required. Additional experience with flow cytometry or primary patient samples is highly desirable.

Duties will include:

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

Laboratory research:

  • Cell culture experiments and maintenance of cells
  • Assist with media changes and drug administration during experiment
  • Prepare, run, and analyze flow cytometry samples
  • Independently participates in research execution and performs other general laboratory techniques
  • Provides stability and continuity of knowledge as people and projects change
  • Meets regularly with lab managers to identify potential synergies and reduce inefficiencies across projects
  • Increased innovation and problem-solving ability required
  • Participate with some design of experiments or research studies and procedures to achieve project objectives

Data Analysis:

  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research data analysis, programming, database development and management, research data visualization, and interpretation of a wide variety of research data, especially flow cytometry data.
  • Prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids to interpret and communicate data and results with a variety of programs, especially R, Excel.
  • Conducts data/statistical studies in support of research proposals and protocols. Maintains and develops research gathering, retrieval and reporting systems.

Laboratory Organization and Compliance: 

  • Responsible for managing project samples and ensure project data is properly recorded and stored
  • Organizes program work space
  • Ordering and maintaining supplies for lab. 

Lab Support:

  • Support overall lab function by maintaining and fixing equipment, ordering supplies, and troubleshooting instrument problems
  • Training and supervising of students and RA’s, and/or preparation of written reports and, as applicable, regulatory documentation


Additional duties as assigned by project leader or laboratory manager.

Required Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in relevant field AND 3 years of relevant experience
  • OR Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field AND 5 years of relevant experience

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • 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
  • Ability to operate scientific equipment and develop and troubleshoot experimental protocols
  • Experience handling chemical and biologically hazardous materials
  • Knowledge of policy and regulations applicable to the laboratory, including but not limited to safety
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative processes quickly

Additional Details

Please submit a resume and cover letter for your application to be considered. 

Please note: As of Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of a two-dose, or one dose of a single-dose, FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you apply for and are offered a position, you must be fully vaccinated prior to starting work. 

If the position you are offered does not require direct, in-person patient care contact, you may request an exception to the vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons. OHSU uses very narrow criteria under the law to allow an exception and very few requests are being approved.



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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