Oregon Health & Science University Research Assistant in Portland, Oregon

Work Unit Description

The Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Careis a highly collaborative translational research center that aims to design new methods of early detection, advanced treatments, and improved quality of life for pancreatic disease patients.


FTE: 1.0, Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm Salary Range: $31,876 - $53,443 Location: Portland, OR (South Waterfront) Job Type: Research

Functions/Duties of Position

The purpose of this position is to support the Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care in developing patient-derived models of cancer (PDMC) and assessing drug responses to support the Brenden-Colson Center/Knight Cancer Institute Window-of-Opportunity and SMMART clinical trials. The Research Assistant or Associate will compare PDMCs to each other and to patient drug response data to identify in vitro drug-response metrics that best predict drug responses in patients. This data will be correlated with genetics, phenotypes, and microenvironment of multiple tumors types to determine how these data contribute to therapeutic response and generate genetic signatures of patient tumor biopsies that may inform future clinical care. Duties will include primary cultures of tumor cells, advanced cell biology lab techniques, medium throughput automated therapeutic screens, basic histology techniques, quantitative analysis of IF images, data entry/collection and laboratory housekeeping. Will also be responsible for conducting multiple phases of projects independently and will help design experiments.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree OR an Associate's degree and 3 years of relevant experience
  • Strong organizational skills; Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in a BSL-2 environment
  • Previous experience with all stages of generating manuscripts
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong knowledge of laboratory techniques and cell biology
  • May require work on evening and weekends
  • Ability to ride the aerial tram and walk long distances across campus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with major courses in relevant field and 3 years of relevant experience OR a Bachelor’s degree with major courses in field of research and 5 years of relevant experience in a laboratory setting
  • Previous experience with primary cell cultures and acquiring and analyzing immune fluorescence images
Additional Details

Position classification will be dependent on candidate qualifications.

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.

Job Title: Research Assistant

Department: Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care

Location: RLSB 4N010

Drug Testable: No

Job: IRC74612