Portland VA Research Foundation
  • 05-Aug-2021 to 04-Oct-2021 (PST)
  • Research--Lim
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Employer paid Life & Disability, 401k, PTO, Paid Holidays

Job Title: Research Assistant I


The goal of our laboratory is to investigate disturbances in the sleep and wake cycle in rodent models of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and autism, and to translate these findings to human subjects. We collect and analyze biosignals in rodents and humans and follow outcomes over time in these disease models. We seek highly motivated, highly skilled, analytical, and creative people who can work independently and efficiently


- Ability and willingness to work with multiple members of the laboratory and assist where needed in experiments involving both human and animal subjects.

- Ability to stay highly organized with electronic management of large datasets, especially with potential for telework projects.

- Ability to telework and communicate with lab members regularly

- Utilize teaching/leadership skills to help train rotating students and volunteers.


- Prepare research projects for Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission and review process

- Planning & conduct of human research study including participant recruitment and retention

- Coding as it relates to upcoming and ongoing experiments

- Data entry into shared database and data management

- Signal processing of EEG and EMG signals and/or sleep scoring

- Collect and/or process behavioral data in animal and human subjects

- Present data, make figures/posters, write abstracts and manuscripts

- Phone and video conferences as teleworking may require

- Train other personnel in the above techniques as needed


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Formal or informal experience with the following is desired:

  1. Biological, psychological, or engineering courses. Preference for experience with neuroscience.
  2. At least 1 year of undergraduate research experience or equivalent research exposure.


- Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

- Proficiency or ability to learn statistical programs such as GraphPad Prism and IBM SPSS

- Proficiency or ability to learn programming languages such as R, Python, and/or MATLAB


Physical Demands:

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

Working Conditions:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

All Are Welcome

Portland VA Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Apply online at http://www.pvarf.org and include a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position. Cover letter should include description of recent work history as it relates to the specific responsibilities in the job announcement.

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