Research Assistant 1 at Oregon Health & Science University

Posted in Research 5 days ago.

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Location: Beaverton, Oregon

Job Description:
Oregon Health & Science University

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Location: US-OR-Beaverton
Req ID: 2019-2549
Position Category: Research
Position Type: Regular Full-Time
Job Type: Research
Department: Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Salary Range: $15.00 - $19.69
Schedule: Schedule varies
Hours: Hours vary
HR Mission: Research

Department Overview

The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to serious viral disease threats, including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases and infectious diseases of the elderly. Our programs are intended to span the continuum between basic and clinical science, in which discoveries are rapidly advanced from the level of molecular and cellular biology through animal models and ultimately into clinical testing. The development of this unique program in immunology and virology provides an important training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at OHSU. This is why an important part of our mission is the training of young scientists in newer academic disciplines emerging at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.

Function/Duties of Position

The primary responsibility of this position will be to operate flow cytometers, collecting sample data in support of ongoing Picker Lab pathogenesis and vaccine studies. This supervised responsibility includes working with other cytometer operators in a team, maintaining the equipment, preparing calibration samples, and QC-evaluating data. A possible secondary responsibility will be cross-training on sample collection procedures, which would involve handling pathogen-containing samples, and working at a biosafety containment hood. This variable shift full-time position typically starts at 4:00pm, but the person hired may be assigned to a different shift, including mornings, as needed to fulfill department requirements as they arise. Overtime may be required as needed.

Please note that this position is at OHSU's West Campus (Beaverton). Submit a resume, cover letter, and at least three references to be considered for this position.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (4 yr.) and no experience OR AA (2 yr.) and 2 years of relevant experience OR no degree and 4 years of relevant experience

  • Basic computer skills

  • Must be comfortable using computers

  • Ability to cope with stressful situations

  • Ability to interact cordially with coworkers to accomplish tasks

  • Willingness to work with pathogens potentially dangerous to humans

  • Willingness to work in Biosafety Level 2 and 3 facilities

  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours

  • Ability and willingness to work independently

  • Ability to carry and lift 35 lbs.

  • Ability to stand for three continuous hours a day

  • Ability to work on computer for five continuous hours a day

  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Science or medical-related college degree

  • Experience preferred

  • Laboratory experience, especially in blood processing

All are welcome