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Oregon Health & Science University Genetic & Epigenetic Research Assistant 2 in Portland, Oregon

The Epigenetics Core is a service core that promotes and facilitates epigenetic research at OHSU by offering methylation and chromatin based techniques as well as bioinformatics support. The Carbone Lab studies chromosomal rearrangements and transposable elements in evolutionary and disease contexts.

The Research Assistant II will provide support with genetic and epigenetic research for the Epigenetics Core and Carbone Lab. This is an ideal position for someone eager to learn multiple techniques and engage with researchers from numerous disciplines. Responsibilities include:

  • Receiving and processing samples from Core clients and lab collaborators

  • Planning, conducting and troubleshooting molecular biology based protocols (such as Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing, Chromatin Immunoprecipitation, sequencing library preparation, ATAC-seq, PCR, qPCR, cloning, and nucleic acid extractions and quality assessments)

  • Establishing and maintaining mammalian cell cultures

  • Record keeping, attending lab and core meetings, and engaging with clients and collaborators

  • Assisting with the general maintenance and cleanliness of lab space and equipment

  • Assisting in the set up and implementation of a new digital storage and tracking system.

  • Bachelor's Degree (4 yr) with major courses in field of research OR Associate's Degree (2 yr) and 3 years of relevant experience

  • General laboratory skills and knowledge of lab safety

  • Familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques such as PCR, nucleic acid extractions, cloning, and gel electrophoresis

  • Knowledge of sterile tissue culture technique

  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills in both written and verbal formats

  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to balance multiple ongoing projects with fluctuating priorities

  • General computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and project tracking software

  • Bachelor's Degree (4 yr) with major courses in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology or bioscience

  • 1 -2 years relevant experience

  • Proficiency with molecular and epigenetic techniques such as sequencing library preparation, bisulfite conversion, chromatin immunoprecipitation, and ATAC-seq.

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture

  • Previous customer service experience

For consideration, please send a cover letter tailored to this position, a resume or CV, and at least 3 professional references.

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

Recruitment ID: 2020-5924

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Posting Department: Knight Cardiovascular Institute

Posting Pay: $35,568 to $47,929

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday

Posting Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm

HR Mission: School of Medicine

Drug Testable: No