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

Work Unit Description

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.


Functions/Duties of Position

The Senior Research Assistant will be responsible for specific sections of ongoing and newly funded projects using non-human primates in the study of aging roles of the immune, immunodeficiencies and SPF programs, which are a part of the Patho-Biology Division of VGTI/ONPRC of OHSU. An increased responsibility for managing labs or research units, training and supervising of students and RA’s, and/or preparation of written reports and, as applicable, regulatory documentation. Performing a variety of laboratory procedures, including cell separation, immunoassays, and cell culture. Assist and/or perform surgeries of non-human primates, (including scheduling, and administration of drugs), and assistance with necropsies. Collection and preparation of blood samples, shipping and handling of animal tissues to various support laboratories; interact with the veterinary staff, animal care staff, surgical staff and in some cases to facilitate social environmental enrichment of non-human primates. Collection, data entry and statistical analysis of data and reporting of research findings in written and oral formats. General lab support duties, including maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, autoclaving and disposal of waste.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with major courses in filed of research such as biological science field
  • 1- 3 years of relevant experience in molecular/cellular biology, animal, and/or invivo research
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including use and meaning of scientific terminology, in both written and oral formats
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small group setting
  • Working knowledge (6 months relevant work experience) of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Demonstrated independence and competence to perform data management and analysis of research finding, including use of spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs
  • Ability to interact in a positive and productive manner, and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff
  • Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff
  • Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties requiring procedural steps to be consistent and completed fully and timely
  • Detailed record keeping, cataloging of samples, data entry and statistical analysis, laboratory maintenance, autoclaving and use of sterile techniques
  • Must be able to pass the AALAS certification at the LAT level within 18 months of hire date
  • Able to lift/move equipment weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Physical dexterity to work in areas that may have slippery conditions
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal sciences, immunology or pathology
  • 3 years laboratory work experience performing immunoassays and cell separation techniques
  • Experience in managing labs or research units, training and supervising of students and RA’s
  • 1 year of experience working with non-human primates
  • Maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Experience with geriatric or immune compromised and ABSL3 with non-human primates
Additional Details

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

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Job Title: Senior Research Assistant

Department: Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)

Location: ONPRC

Drug Testable: Yes

Job: IRC85111

FTE: 1.0, Full Time

Schedule: Routinely Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:30pm; evening and weekend work as required by the scope of the position

Salary: $35,034.74 - $45,000

Location: Beaverton, OR (West Campus)

Job Type: Research