Oregon Health & Science University

Research Associate

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
School of Dentistry, Research- Dr. Momeni's Lab
Salary Range
$46,634 - $69,930 Annually, Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.


Read more about the School of Dentistry: OHSU School of Dentistry 

Function/Duties of Position

The successful candidate will work independently to investigate novel biosynthetic gene clusters and natural product metabolites of Streptococcus mutans. He/she will be responsible for most of the planning, implementation, and data interpretation associated with his/her research. Thus, the candidate will be expected to work independently with attention to detail and strong record-keeping. The goal is to understand how these metabolites impact childhood dental caries. Typical techniques often involved include bacterial mutagenesis, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques required. Biofilm and work with a rat caries model will also be performed.


Demonstrable experience with these techniques is strongly preferred. As an RA, the candidate will also be involved with the training and supervision of students and junior staff as well as play an integral role in the management and supply ordering for the laboratory. Assistance with the development and preparation of grants/manuscripts will also be expected. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (genetics, biochemistry/molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or another relevant field) and 5 years of relevant experience OR
  • A Master's degree (genetics, biochemistry/molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or another relevant field) and 3 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrable experience with some or all of the following: bacterial genetics, protein chemistry, proteomics, DNA/ RNA purification/analysis, gene expression/transcriptomics
  • Grant and/or manuscript preparation experience
  • Planning, implementation, and data interpretation experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational and time management skills that maintain timeliness of work and accurate prioritization
  • Ability to train and supervise students and junior staff
  • Attention to detail and strong record keeping experience/skills
  • Able to conduct research in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced research environment, occasionally with tight deadlines
  • Able to work independently and exhibit self-motivation 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience/knowledge of the microbiome, especially the oral flora
  • Experience with oral bacterial and/or streptococcal genetics
  • Experience with animal models

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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