Oregon Health & Science University

Research Project Coordinator

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care
Salary Range
$57,928 - $72,405
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care supports and focuses research efforts to address earlier detection of pancreatic cancer, advanced surgical and medical therapies for benign and malignant pancreatic diseases, and improved patient resilience in the wake of pancreatic diseases that undermine patient wellbeing and quality of life.


As an essential team member of the OHSU Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care, you will coordinate several important team research projects, under the supervision of our Scientific Program Manager. The Center has recently joined a national consortium focused on the early detection of pancreatic cancer in patients who have high risk for developing it in their future. This person will assist in coordinating this project (and others) with active management of expectations, timelines, and deliverables through facilitation and coordination of steps. They will also work collaboratively with the Knight Community Outreach and Engagement team to assist with outreach initiatives associated with various projects, including participating in community events and improving community education and recruitment strategies for research subjects, particularly those from diverse and rural communities.


We are looking for someone who will provide a high level of customer service both internally (OHSU researchers, health providers and staff) and externally (collaborators, both academic and industry, and community members), with prompt and professional communication, familiarity with available information technology, flexibility to meet service needs and continuous process improvement. Prior experience in oncology and/or translational research preferred.


If you have a good understanding of the biomedical research field, strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to work effectively with a large team under minimal supervision, and are interested in managing multi-part/multi-phase scientific projects, consider joining Oregon’s pancreas research headquarters.


PLEASE NOTE: This position is not eligible for remote work. We expect the employee to reside in the Portland area and to work on campus 100% for at least the first 3 months in the position; a hybrid work arrangement is possible after that.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Project management: 
    • manage expectations, timelines, and deliverables through facilitation and coordination of steps;
    • track and report milestones;
    • participate in budgeting and cost tracking;
    • prepare team meeting agendas and minutes;
    • conduct training for new team members
  • Reporting: 
    • present project status reports to Center leadership;
    • assist with grant applications and donor reports;
    • assist with producing program retreats wherein ongoing research is presented to the OHSU community;
    • provide recommendations and process/tools development to support objectives
  • Outreach: 
    • assist with producing program retreats wherein ongoing research is presented to the OHSU community;
    • participate in professional conferences and community events;
    • in collaboration with the COE team, evaluate, monitor and improve recruitment plans; actively engage with patient advocates;
    • assist with development and dissemination of outreach materials and media

Required Qualifications

  • Master's in relevant field AND 1 year of relevant experience OR
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Proven strong analytical and computing skills
  • Proven responsiveness and accountability
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at once, to be flexible and to prioritze
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven time management skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in life sciences field
  • 2 years experience in biomedical research
  • Experience with collaborative projects

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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