Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Research Assistant/ Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
M-F, occasional evening/weekends
variable, typically 8:30am - 5pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

This position is a member of the Cell, Developmental, and Cancer Biology Department at OHSU.  Support investigators in the conduct of original research in service to OHSU’s mission to improve human health, building and leveraging platform-based tools and biological understanding while working in a team. Work will be focused on Cancer research involving animal handling, including surgery, necropsy and animal tissue processing. Duties include working with rodents, flow cytometry, basic immunohistochemistry, basic cellular and molecular procedures. Candidate must be experienced in working within a team, collaboration, data management, and support of investigators’ discoveries and scholarly work.



Function/Duties of Position

  • Animal experimentation: Work with researchers in managing the animal colony, taking measurements, harvesting tissues for experimentation, animal surgeries and necropsies.
  • Wet lab duties: Assist researchers with processing animal and human tissues/blood, labelling, organizing materials for experiment days. Basic to advanced cellular and molecular techniques. Basic to advanced immunologic methodologies with tissue specimens, tissue culture and relevant assays. Use of aseptic techniques and statistical applications (Prism/GraphPad).
  • Flow cytometry: Assist researchers with designing and running flow cytometry panels, using animal and human cells and tissues. Experience with FlowJo would be helpful. Assembling flow cytometry data to generate graphs, and evaluation of statistical significance of data.
  • Career Development:  Participate in appropriate activities that enhance general knowledge of or ability to do assigned work. This includes, but is not limited to the following:  attend classes, seminars, and other training forums; stay current in relevant literature; participate in preparation of scholarly work; participate in staff meetings and other informational sessions; read vendor documentation as appropriate to position; interact with peers and other employees to receive and disseminate information.

Required Qualifications

Sr RA:

  • Bachelor's in relevant field AND 1 years of relevant experience OR
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience

Research Associate:

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree with major courses in field of research (tissue biology,immunology, cancer biology) plus two years of applicable experience outside of the classroom.
  • 1 years experience required molecular and immunologic techniques

  • 1 years experience required animal handling and research

  • Prefer 2 years of relevant experience, including two years of hands-on experience with animal handling, molecular and immunologic experimental techniques

  • One year experience with the following,

    • Small animal handling and colony management
    • Small animal surgeries, knowledge of mouse anatomy, necropsies.
    • Flow cytometry
    • Basic to advanced cellular, molecular, immunologic experimental techniques.
    • Understanding of basic statistics and some of its applications to biomedical science. 
    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time. 
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills, both written and verbal. 

  • 2 years experience with the following,
    • experience in a professional, team-oriented biology environment.
    • Animal handling and experimentation.
    • Flow cytometry experience.
    • Immunohistochemistry

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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