Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Division of Oncological Sciences - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $39,535/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is a pioneer in personalized cancer treatment and research, led by Dr. Brian Druker, whose development of Gleevec transformed Chronic Myeloid Leukemia from a fatal disease to a manageable one and proved that targeted therapies can work. The institute focuses on precision oncology, the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer, and creating a welcoming and supportive environment for its caregivers, researchers, and support personnel. Knight affiliates subscribe to three guiding principles: we are bold, we are supportive, and we work as a connected team in our fight to end cancer as we know it.  We’d love for you to join us!


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

The Research Assistant 2 will work in the lab of Dr. Andrew Emili in the Division of Oncological Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  The responsibilities of this position will involve working with expert research staff on applying ‘in vivo’ proximity labeling proteomics methods to study membrane receptor protein-protein interactions, cancer signaling cascades and/or protein secretion in mammalian cells and animal tumor models. The Emili lab research program focuses on applying these targeted labeling methods along with precision mass spectrometry to uncover basic mechanisms of disease and identify clinically actionable targets in tumor cells and genetically engineered models of cancer. Chemical proteomic and mechanistic studies in vitro and in mice are complemented with ongoing clinical collaborations to facilitate translation of findings towards future clinical interventions.  The successful candidate will work on one or more projects and will have practical training and/or a background in molecular biology, cell biology and/or biochemistry.


Duties Include:

  • Under general supervision, performs various standardized and routine support functions in research setting. May assist in one or more phases of a research project.
  • Contributes to the development of experimental procedures and standard operating procedures within the lab
  • Maintains an accurate lab notebook
  • Maintains lab equipment and supplies

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 communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats
  • Ability to work both independently and with others in a positive and productive manner
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and GraphPad Prism software
  • High level of self-motivation and integrity
  • Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments and cordially coordinate use of research equipment and laboratory space with other staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 1 year of relevant research experience in a laboratory setting
  • Exposure to biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology, or molecular biology techniques
  • Experience with making laboratory solutions, pipetting, and keeping experimental records
  • Specific expertise in relevant scientific disciplines

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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