Senior Research Associate

Oregon Health & Science University - Portland, OR4.0


Job Title Senior Research Associate
Department Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Location VGTI
Work Unit Description
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.

Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range
FTE: 1.0, Full time
Schedule: Varies
Salary Range: $53,300.52 - $106,386.08
Location: Beaverton, OR (West Campus)
Job Type: Research
Functions/Duties of Position
This Picker Lab position reports directly to Dr. Scott Hansen, and will have significant responsibility for supervising the activities of multiple simultaneous projects.

The primary goal of the Picker/Hansen Laboratories is to contribute to the discovery of both a HIV/AIDS and Mycobacterium tuberculosis vaccine while conducting exemplary research in the field of immunology. The Picker/Hansen Laboratories specifically focuses on the use of novel CMV-based vaccine vectors. Under the supervision of Drs. Picker and Hansen, the technical staff works to characterize and define vaccine and pathogen elicited T cell responses and non-human primate vaccine studies, and human clinical studies. Laboratory methods include cell isolation, tissue culture, flow cytometry, molecular biology, microscopy. Samples often include biohazards, including infectious vaccine vectors, challenge viruses, and pathogenic bacteria.

Normal daily activities of the laboratory include accessioning and processing clinical specimens (either NHP or human), performing sophisticated immunological assays, maintaining detailed documentation, organize/analyze/tabulate/graph data, and frequent update reports.

The position involves handling and processing of non-human primate samples and human clinical trial samples, and utilizing novel assays to study immune responses against SIV/HIV and Mycobacterium tuberculosis . The Sr. Research Associate will be responsible for conducting directed and independent research involving the use of novel CMV-based vaccine vectors, for mastering all of the laboratory tasks and operations, and will assume supervisory responsibilities associated with the multi-group coordination, logistics, and daily sample throughput. This position will have group leadership responsibilities, responsibility for training and supervising junior staff, and additional whole-lab duties, as assigned.

Job Requirements

Doctorate degree in relevant field, or Master’s degree in relevant field and 5 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of relevant work experience
Must be comfortable using computers (Mac, PC), supervising others, doing research with animals, and working with biohazardous samples
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

Some immunology, tissue-processing, &/or flow cytometry background
At least three years of laboratory experience
Some management experience
Some experience with supervising, animal research, and biohazardous
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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Referral Bonus Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount
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