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

This position will encompass physiology and cell culture experiments that include transfections, DNA, RNA and protein preparation and analysis, survival surgery in mice as well as tissue collection, mouse colony maintenance and ordering and maintaining lab supplies, chemicals, and animals.

Variable work schedule including evenings and weekends, but to equal 40 hours per week.

  • Carry out experiments in consultation with the Principal Investigator, troubleshooting technical difficulties independently. Experiments may include: General cell culture including primary neurons, protein expression and purification, DNA preps and transfections, RNA isolation and real-time PCR, western blots, and ELISA.

  • Genotype and maintain colonies of transgenic mice.

  • Histology/immunohistochemistry in tissue; microscopy/ imaging; quantification of innervation data or other parameters from images.

  • Whole animal studies; carry out survival surgery in mice including implantation of telemetry ECG devices, dye administration in heart and brown adipose tissue to label nerves. Assess physiological parameters including ECG, cardiac function (echocardiography), collect tissue for and perform RNA and biochemical analyses.

  • Bachelor's Degree with major courses in field of research/No Experience; OR Associate's Degree and 3 years of relevant experience

  • Knowledge of basic chemistry and physiology

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to exercise judgment in taking independent action, and seeking advice as necessary

  • Ability to be flexible, take direction, and willing to work evenings and weekends as needed

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work as part of a team

  • Bachelor's Degree with major in physiology, neuroscience, or related discipline and 1-3 years of experience

  • Experience with cell culture, molecular biology techniques, and animal handling

  • Demonstrated creativity and problem solving ability

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and Resume or CV.

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: 2020-5940

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Post End Date: 12/11/2020

Job Type: Research

Posting Department: Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry

Posting Pay: $35,568 - $44,551

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday, some weekends

Posting Hours: Variable, 8:00am - 5:00pm

HR Mission: School of Medicine