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Research Project Coordinator

Company: OHSU
Location: Beaverton
Posted on: May 16, 2023

Job Description:

Department Overview

The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to serious viral disease threats, including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases and infectious diseases of the elderly. Our programs are intended to span the continuum between basic and clinical science, in which discoveries are rapidly advanced from the level of molecular and cellular biology through animal models and ultimately into clinical testing. The development of this unique program in immunology and virology provides an important training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at OHSU. This is why an important part of our mission is the training of young scientists in newer academic disciplines emerging at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.

Function/Duties of Position

* Assist with ed projects and procedures including but not limited to coordination with multiple research groups to help ensure that the typically > 30 research protocols involving typically > 200 rhesus and > 30,000 procedures a year are appropriately organized and scheduled in ways that allow for them to be successfully performed by Smedley Lab personnel and associated collaborating groups
* Maintain and expand the computational informatics program, including setting up, and trouble-shooting software on laboratory computers, training internal and external collaborators, understanding unit needs/requirements, development and testing of applications to meet the needs and documentation of the use and utility of the various tools
* Develop and coordinate Mathmatica data platform with internal and external collaborators
* Coordinate with the veterinary, animal care, surgical, Dr. Jeremy Smedley, and collaborating investigators to facilitate project expectations, schedules, and progress
* Provide feedback to Dr. Jeremy Smedley, fellow laboratory staff, and associated collaborators on progress and project goals
* Responsible for coordinating with offsite laboratories for data analysis of biomedical samples
* Assist with scheduling, coordination, and space management for the animals to ensure appropriate procedure/surgery/necropsy space is available, labs are able to process samples, and housing is appropriate for the experimental protocols
* Maintain working knowledge of regulations set forth by the USDA, IACUC, AAALAC, and other agency guidelines that govern research in non-human primates and ensure regulatory compliance
* Prepare various reports containing descriptive and analytical data, evaluate data that may be submitted for publication or contribution to grant application(s), progress reports, etc.
* Responsible for developing and maintaining study budgets as well as ensuring inventory needs are met
* Facilitate communication, training, and oversite of research assistants
* Intimate contact and working relationship with geriatic, infant, or immune compromised, and ABSL3 level non-human primates

Required Qualifications


* Master's in relevant field AND 1 year of relevant experience. OR
* Equivalent combination of training and experience


* Has a minimum of 1 years of laboratory experience in molecular/cellular biology, animal, and/or invivo research.
* May require specific experience in particular area of research.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

* Ability to communicate effectively, including use and meaning of scientific terminology, in both written and oral formats;
* Ability to work both independently and in a small group setting;
* Working knowledge (6 months relevant work experience) of Microsoft Excel, Word.
* Demonstrated independence and competence to perform data management and analysis of research finding, including use of spreadsheets, graphics and statistical programs;
* Ability to interact in a positive and productive manner, and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff;
* Ability to prioritize work demands, and coordinate research protocols with other staff;
* Organizational skills and careful attention to details to satisfactorily perform job duties requiring procedural steps to be consistent and completed fully and timely.

Preferred Qualifications


* Master's or Bachelor's degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal sciences, immunology or pathology.


* 3 years laboratory work experience performing immunoassays and cell separation techniques. Experience in managing labs or research units, training and supervising of students and RA's. Experience managing and developing software program platforms.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

* Maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies and equipment; experience with geriatric, infant, or immune compromised, and ABSL3 level non-human primates.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or 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.

Keywords: OHSU, Beaverton , Research Project Coordinator, Other , Beaverton, Oregon

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