Research Assistant 1

  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Nov 24, 2022

Job Description

Oregon Health & Science University

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Location: US-OR-Portland
Req ID: 2022-20735
Position Category: Research
Position Type: Regular Part-Time
Job Type: Research
Department: Knight Cancer Institute, Biostatistics
Salary Range: $14.83-$19.39/hr, Commensurate with experience and internal equity
Schedule: Monday - Friday
Hours: TBD
HR Mission: School of Medicine

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable.

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) is one of several OHSU resources supported by the Knight Cancer Institute's National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant. The BSR strives to enhance the quality and rigor of cancer research through professional consultation and collaboration with Knight Cancer Investigators during all phases of the research life-cycle. The primary aim of the BSR is to provide comprehensive and integrated biostatistics support to basic, clinical and population science researchers conducting cancer research at OHSU.

Function/Duties of Position

This position supports faculty and staff scientists in the Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) of the Knight Cancer Institute. Under direct supervision, the incumbent assists biostatistics research conducted by faculty and staff scientists including but not limited to: background literature review, coding simulation programs, identifying appropriate example data sets, summarizing the simulation results, and preparing statistical manuscripts. Other research tasks may include the assistance with preparation of abstracts, presentations, and other tasks as needed.

1. Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:
  • We act BOLDLY-Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently.
  • We SUPPORT each other-Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence.
  • We work as a CONNECTED team - We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone.

2. Assist faculty and staff scientists with statistical research and projects.

3. Other research tasks may include assistance with preparation of abstracts and presentations, and other tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications

Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's in any field
  • OR Associate's AND 2 years of relevant experience
  • OR 3 years of relevant experience
  • OR Equivalent combination of training and experience

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time.
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills: both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems.
  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Access, Word, and PowerPoint) on Window OS. Ability to accurately type 60wpm
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships

Preferred Qualifications


Experience with statistical programs such as Stata, R, SAS or others, database development and management experience, and strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Details

Please submit a resume and cover letter for your application to be considered.

Please note: As of Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of a two-dose, or one dose of a single-dose, FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you apply for and are offered a position, you must be fully vaccinated prior to starting work.

If the position you are offered does not require direct, in-person patient care contact, you may request an exception to the vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons. OHSU uses very narrow criteria under the law to allow an exception and very few requests are being approved.

All are welcome

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.