Research Assistant

Portland VA Research Foundation Portland , OR 97239

Posted 1 week ago

Job Title: Research Assistant

Department: Research Service

Reports To: Miranda Lim, MD, PhD

FLSA Status:

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Salary Range: $30,000-38,000

SUMMARY

The goal of our laboratory is to investigate disturbances in the sleep-wake cycle in rodent models of autism, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 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 are seeking a Research Assistant to provide support and guide the workflow of our many intersecting research projects. We seek candidates who are highly motivated, meticulous, and observant. This position requires someone who can work independently and communicate regularly and effectively with our team of researchers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and with a team to maintain experimental schedules and lab records.

  • Assist in scheduling the workflow of other researchers

  • Assist in behavioral testing under the direction of the principal investigator and a postdoctoral researcher

JOB DUTIES

  • Maintain lab databases and spreadsheets

  • Organize and backup records regularly

  • Prepare supplies for experiments, clean equipment, set up experimental space

  • Keep the physical lab spaces organized, efficient, and up to institutional standards

  • Precisely follow detailed experimental protocols

QUALIFICATIONS

This position requires the ability to keep track of several projects that are ongoing in parallel. Additionally, experimental protocols within our lab can span across several weeks and require daily maintenance. Successful candidates are:

  • Able to maintain a meticulous schedule, and should show strategy and flexibility in order to respond to problems as they arise to ensure experiments can operate smoothly.

  • Able to troubleshoot and make independent judgment calls, while being adaptable and constantly reprioritizing their workload throughout the day

  • Able to respect the rules and operating procedures of a lab environment

  • Able to strategize with others to tackle large workloads and be willing to help others with projects

  • Able to update several different groups of people on the status of projects

  • Able to pick up new techniques quickly and be enthusiastic about the science and discovery aspects of our research

  • Able to learn new software quickly and be skilled in basic computing (e.g., Excel). Advanced coding and knowledge of statistics are welcomed.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Formal or informal experience with at least one of the following is desired:

  • Biological sciences

  • Psychological/Neurological sciences

This position would be suited for someone with a bachelor's or master's degree in these fields, though it is not required.

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Excel)

  • Able to learn new software to operate specialized equipment

  • Able to stay highly organized with electronic management, including large datasets

  • Able to learn statistical programs such as GraphPad Prism, R, and/or SPSS

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.

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, religion, color, national origin, sex, age.


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