Portland VA Research Foundation
  • 14-Jun-2021 to 13-Aug-2021 (PST)
  • Research Nguyen
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Research Assistant I

20 hours/week

SUMMARY

Position broadly supports multiple ongoing basic research projects under the direction of Dr. Khanh Nguyen. The Nguyen laboratory uses biotechnologies to discover and design new approaches to venous and vascular diseases uses a variety of techniques including molecular biology and novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The Nguyen laboratory uses surgical rodent models of venous disease and biotechnologies to discover and design new approaches to venous and vascular diseases uses a variety of techniques including molecular biology and novel imaging.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Carry out rodent animal husbandry (breeding, genotyping, metabolic and protein assays)
  • Assist with rodent microsurgery; prepare and clean up microsurgery area
  • Perform daily post-operative checks on operated subjects and administer medications as needed; availability one weekend day is appreciated
  • Conduct flow cytometry experiments and perform analysis
  • Prepare tissue and/or perform tissue histology and immunohistochemistry techniques according to established protocols. Use of light, fluorescent, and other microscopy including imaging analysis.
  • Perform molecular biology techniques including RT-PCR and western blotting
  • Perform data analysis and maintain accurate records of results and methodologies
  • Analyze data and document experimental results

JOB DUTIES other duties as assigned...

  • Maintain equipment, make stock solutions used in methods above, and contribute to general lab organization
  • Monitor laboratory supplies and ordering
  • Transports specimens to/from core facilities for processing
  • Transport rodents to/from animal facility

QUALIFICATIONS

Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • College background in biological or related science
  • At least 1-year experience as a research assistant doing basic science research and molecular biology
  • Willingness to work with and handle rodents
  • Prior basic laboratory work
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Basic statistical analysis methods
  • Ability to use or learn statistical programs such as SPSS
  • Critical thinking, analytical and technical skills
  • Self-directed and able to work without supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English required)
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently
  • Interviewing and data collection

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The physical demands and working conditions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must frequently lift and carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

ALL ARE WELCOME

Portland VA Research Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, or age. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply.

Please apply online at http://www.pvarf.org and include a CV/Resume, cover letter and list of 3 references.





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