Portland VA Research Foundation
  • 06-Jun-2022 to 06-Jul-2022 (PST)
  • Research--Lim
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 18.50-25
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, HSA, Employer paid Life & Disability, 401k, generous PTO


The goal of our laboratory is to investigate disturbances in the sleep and wake cycle in traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), Alzheimer's disease, and autism. Within the Sleep & Health Applied Research Program (SHARP, PI: Miranda Lim), rodent models are utilized to translate findings to human subjects.

A Research Assistant II is needed to conduct experiments from start to finish in both mouse and prairie vole models of disease. This person will provide regular progress updates during lab meetings and will report to senior research staff. The ideal candidate is independent, highly organized, highly motivated, detail-oriented, analytical, creative, and shows enthusiasm for neuroscience and behavioral research. Training will be provided as necessary, but the ideal candidate is expected to be a self-starter and will be expected to multi-task on several experiments at a time within our fast-paced laboratory. Strong candidates will be comfortable working both independently and in close teams.

Prior behavioral neuroscience research experience with rodents is preferred, but not explicitly required. The position requires on-site work, in person, with occasional web-based meetings. If the candidate is from out of state, a motivation to relocate to Portland should be described in the cover letter.


- Independently perform experiments from start to finish in both mouse and vole rodent species

- Multi-task, assist where needed on other experiments

- Work together with, report to, and/or train multiple members of the laboratory. Ability to interact professionally and regularly communicate with lab members and supervisors.

- Stay highly organized, take notes, and document daily activities/experiments with strong attention to detail

- Work on-site daily with occasional weekend hours when needed


- Set up and conduct experiments involving: Live surgical procedures, tissue collection, injections, behavioral testing, and sleep recordings in rodents

- Perform health and inventory checks on rodents

- Manage the rodent colony as needed

- Independently troubleshoot new techniques and equipment, and create documentation

- Score and enter data, including Sleep data, microscopic imaging, and/or behavior scoring.

- Meeting regularly by phone, video, and/or as required.

- Perform data analysis with minimal supervision


Interest in neuroscience and desire to learn new techniques and procedures; strong organizational and multi-tasking skills; ability to work independently and in teams.

Able to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to the 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. Must be able to work on-site daily, with occasional weekend hours when needed.


Bachelors degree with major courses in Biology, Psychology, or Engineering. 1-5 years of research experience. Preference for experience with behavioral neuroscience research methods.


- Skillfully uses a PC as primary means of communication (email, video conferencing, Slack)

- Facile with troubleshooting and maximizing internet connectivity

- Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

- Able to learn statistical programs such as GraphPad Prism or IBM SPSS

- Able to troubleshoot new computer software as needed for data collection and analysis

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and Working Conditions

The physical demands described here 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 occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear, reach with hands or arms, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk,

Vision requirements include close vision, depth and perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The primary job location is located on the VA Portland Health Care System campus.

New employees must submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation or seek an exemption within 8 weeks of beginning employment.

The 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.

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

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