The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located12 miles westof the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.
The Pathology Services Unit (PSU) is an integral part of the ONPRCs veterinary care and multidisciplinary research programs, whose primary goal is to provide disease diagnostic and surveillance services and research support that strengthen the research program and contribute directly to the mission of the ONPRC. The Research Assistant II will aid the Pathology team in preparation for the post mortem examination of nonhuman primates and manage samples after collection. Responsibilities include, room preparation and disinfection, tissue preparation, documentation and shipping in support of the tissue distribution program, animal record review, data collection and data entry, management of archival material and work in specialized specimen tracking software. Work involves handling and processing of biological samples, working at Biosafety Levels 2 and 3 and working with potentially hazardous chemical agents. Selected candidate will be provided with training as necessary.
Bachelor's Degree (4 yr) with major courses in field of research/No Experience
Manual dexterity, strength and fine motor skills to accurately perform pathology associated techniques
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interact in a positive and productive manner and to work efficiently and skillfully with a variety of diverse staff
Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently, in a small group setting, and one-on-one with collaborators and clients
Ability to prioritize work demands
Must think strategically and work efficiently to produce effective results within the time constraints of the position
Ability to carry, lift, push and pull up to 40 lbs.
Ability to wear appropriate personal protective equipment
Stand for up to six hours per day and sit and use a computer for 2 hours at a time
Ability to perform repetitive actions involving fine manipulation, pushing and pulling, simple grasping and keyboarding
Work is performed in laboratory settings, with risk of exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, nonhuman primate tissues, biohazardous agents, dry ice and liquid nitrogen
Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation
Bachelors degree with major courses in Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, or related fields (or equivalent)
At least one-year laboratory experience
Direct experience and knowledge of histological and necropsy techniques and procedures
Experience working with non-human primates
Experience involving tissue collection, data collection and data entry, and daily operation of necropsy laboratories
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