Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant 2

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Salary Range
5 days a week, with some weekend days to accommodate any ongoing/time sensitive experiments
8:00 am - 5:00 pm - In addition to the 8 hour work day, early morning and late night hours are needed at times
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

The Research Assistant will support ongoing research at ONPRC on contraception and the role of steroid hormones in regulating reproductive tract. Duties include tissue handling, histology, immunocytochemistry, image analysis, molecular biological and biochemical techniques. Supervised in vivo nonhuman primate animal and laboratory rodents studies. Work will involve immunodeficient mice, nonhuman primates and guinea pigs. Laboratory duties include ordering and stocking of supplies, data reporting and maintenance of data archives. This position will also contribute to and participate in research activities that include: daily checks of animal health and physical condition, monitoring daily hormone values, conducting experiments according to standard laboratory protocols and procedures, overseeing the administration of medications and treatments, coordinating animal experiments with ONPRC veterinary staff, assisting with animal/surgical procedures. Work involves processing of biological samples potentially infected with a variety of pathogenic agents, including human and simian viruses.

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
  • Must be able to efficiently plan, prioritize and execute various research strategies and protocols
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of a research team
  • Ability to interact in a positive and productive manner
  • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor skills to perform research techniques
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written, email, and oral formats
  • Competency in data management and analysis of research findings, which includes the development and use of the spreadsheets, graphs and reports
  • Organization skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties

Preferred Qualifications

  • Biology degree with an animal science, physiology, molecular, and/or cellular biology emphasis
  • One year of relevant research experience in molecular/cellular biology, physiology, or endocrinology research
  • Research projects conducted as part of the graduation requirements may be counted toward relevant research experience
  • Research experience using animal models
  • Surgical and cell culture experience
  • Experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques desired and very much preferred

Additional Details


  • Work schedule is 5 days a week, with some weekend days to accommodate any ongoing/time sensitive experiments
  • In addition to the 8 hour work day, early morning and late night hours are needed at times
  • Work is to be performed in a laboratory setting, with potential risk of exposure to infectious agents, chemicals, dry ice, and liquid nitrogen



  • Able to lift and/or move equipment/supplies weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to stand for 3 continuous hours per day

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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