Research Assistant 2

    Beaverton, OR
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    Job Description

    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 Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) West Campus has a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to serious pathogenic threats, including HIV (AIDS) and tuberculosis.

    The VGTI has been working for two decades on novel vaccines and therapies for these and other diseases, doing research with both human and monkey tissues, many of which are biohazardous.

    To prepare for upcoming human clinical trials of prototype vaccines, VGTI has created a Quality System to ensure that clinical trial activities follow the quality standards and regulations required by sponsors and regulatory agencies.

    Under general supervision, the Research Assistant 2 will help create, manage and improve the VGTI Quality System, perform weekly document control activities, train others on quality procedures, ensure prompt and accurate communication with system users and reviewers, assist in conducting internal audits to assess and improve system effectiveness, and oversee external audits.

    This position requires organization skills, great attention to detail, strong work ethic, personal initiative, problem solving, comfort with computers, and the ability to work well with the staff of multiple teams. Excel and/or database development skills are a definite plus.

    Although this position does not involve laboratory work, quality work requires entering laboratory spaces where biohazardous materials may be present.

    Please note: It is our intent to move forward in filling this position; however, there will be a delay in finalizing the offer. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Required Qualifications
    • Bachelor's Degree (4 yr.) with major courses in field of research/No Experience or AA (2 yr.) and 3 years of relevant experience
    • Must be comfortable using computers (Mac, PC)
    • 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 (possibly including nights and weekends)
    • 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
    • Scientific degree
    • Laboratory and/or QAQC experience
    • Excel and/or database development skills
    All are welcome

    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

    Posting ID: 552622347Posted: 2020-05-27